The monumental yoga event is a great opportunity for all level students, yoga teachers and health enthusiasts to attend. This year in San Diego, there were thirty master yoga teachers who taught classes and workshops including these well known teachers: Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Kino MacGregor, Vinnie Marino, Sadie Nardini, Gary Kraftsow, Rolf Gates, Tiffany Cruikshank, Kathryn Budig and more.
This years' event focused on honoring veterans that have served our country, and as a result, are dealing with physical injury, emotional trauma, and spiritual questions. Yoga and meditation are used as tools for warriors to heal with physical activity, awareness of the body and the breath, and aid in overall spiritual healing.
On the Windsor Lawn on Sunday, more than 600 yoga mats were placed on the lawn in preparation for a master class led by a former war correspondent and master teacher, Bhava Ram. He led a touching 90 minute class with live music from Steve Gold and J.J. Brown. Each of the mats were “sponsored” by people, businesses, studios, service group and others that helped raise money for the more than 200,000 veterans battling PTSD. Yoga Journal partnered with Warriors For Healing, W4H, along with The Give Back Yoga Foundation, Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, Active Interest Media and Connected Warriors in giving back to veterans with the powerful healing effects of yoga.
During the four day event, attendants could register for the main weekend events, a one-day class pass, a single class pass or for the full-event. Workshops and classes included a variety of classes including: yoga focused on specific parts of the body, adjustments, sun salutations, chakras, therapeutic yoga, yoga to manage chronic pain, meditation, acroyoga, boot camp yoga, athletic yoga, wave-rider yoga, Stand-up-paddle yoga, family and kids yoga, a yoga fashion show with live DJ music, building the business of yoga, and more.
The yoga marketplace was free to attend and open to the public, open Friday-Sunday. Attendants could visit anytime during the hours of operation in order to take pictures at the photo booth, watch flying and acroyoga demonstrations, and browse and purchase from the many vendors and partners of the event. Vendors included yoga apparel, jewelry, services, media, nutrition, yoga mats and accessories, retreats, local studios, natural health, beauty and more.
The next Yoga Journal Live! Conference is scheduled in Colorado, Sept. 27th-Oct. 4th, 2015. To learn more about Yoga Journal Live! events, visit their website, http://www.yjevents.com.
Check with your doctor before performing any form of exercise including yoga and breathing techniques. Always honor your body. If a posture gives you pain, gently come out.
Christi Iacono, 500 hr. cert. yoga instructor and owner of In Rhythms Yoga
Christi Iacono is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, kids yoga instructor, and owner of In Rhythms Yoga. IRY is a small neighborhood studio in Clairemont, S.D., located in the Mount Streets. She guides adults, kids and families in the ancient tradition of yoga. Christi has experienced many positive physical and mental transformations from her daily personal practice. She is passionate about sharing her experience, inspiration, and dedication with her students. She is committed to being a life-long student and teacher of the practice. Christi carefully works with each student in order to find the variation that best serves their body. Work to find the balance of effort and ease in every posture, “sthira sukham asanam.” Yoga is accessible to all.
*IRY offers regularly scheduled vinyasa and yin-based classes on, Sat., Sun. (Yin-Yoga) and Wed. mornings as well as Tues. and Thurs. evening classes.
*Christi teaches adult, family, kids yoga and private lessons. Contact her for more info. on how to share the benefits of yoga to your kids and family.
*Join us for a Tae Clothing trunk show on Friday, July 3rd, at 3:30 pm. Tae Clothing is a small, growing business that sells quality and unique athletic leggings, shorts and tank tops.
*Christi uses Young Living Oils at the studio to enhance yoga class, meditation and for a more natural and healthy environment for her family and in the studio. Visit http://www.apothecarysociety.com/ciacono to learn more.
*Go to www.inrhythmsyoga.com to see the full yoga schedule, instructors and for private lessons.