LOVE YOUR BODY YOGA FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER YOGA STUDIOS AND WELLNESS CENTERS FROM ALL OVER NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO SHARE INFORMATION ON THE PROPER CARE AND NOURISHMENT OF YOU, YOUR BODY AND YOUR FAMILY.
YOGA FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES! KIDS ACTIVITIES! HEALTHY SNACKS! RAFFLE PRIZES! LIVE MUSIC! & MUCH MORE!
JOIN US FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL LOVE YOUR BODY YOGA FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY BELOVED YOGA. THE DAY OF JUNE 11, 2017 WILL BE FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC, COMPLIMENTARY YOGA CLASSES, ENERGY HEALING DEMONSTRATIONS, HEALTHY FOOD AND DRINK SAMPLES.
THE EVENT ALSO LAUNCHES THE OFFICIAL START OF THE VIRGINIA YOGA WEEK JUNE 12TH-19TH, WHEN YOGA STUDIOS AND INDEPENDENT TEACHERS WILL BE OFFERING FREE, FIVE-DOLLAR, AND KARMA CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.
VISIT THE SPEAKEASY TENT OUR “TED-LIKE”TALKS TENT WHERE PRACTITIONERS AND EXPERTS WILL COME AND SHARE THEIR WISDOM AND OFFER EXPERIENCES TO SAFELY EXPLORE.
WE WELCOME BACK FARM TO TABLE TENT. CELEBRATING OUR LOCAL FARMERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND FOOD ARTISANS WHO PROVIDE QUALITY FOOD THAT WILL AFFIRM OUR PERSONAL HEALTH AND HEALTH OF OUR PLANT.
OUR CREATIVE AND KIDASANA TENT, WELCOME CHILDREN OF ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO ENJOY FREE YOGA CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES ALL DAY, INCLUDING, STORY TELLING, LAUGHTER YOGA, FACE PAINTING, CREATIVE ART MAKING AND MORE. THANK YOU HEART AND SOUL YOGA, RADIANT CHILD YOGA, AND CREATING CONSCIOUS CONTACT.
THIS YEAR, WE INTRODUCE OUR NEWLY EXPANDED TENT BHAKTI BLISS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF MARKET STREET YOU WILL BE ENTRANCED AND ENTERTAINED BY THE SOUNDS OF LIVE MUSIC, KIRTAN VOCALS, AND SPECIAL MUSIC PERFORMANCES.
WHILE PARTICIPATION IS FREE FOR THE CLASSES AND SERVICES, WE ENCOURAGE DONATIONS TO THE BELOVED YOGA MIND BODY FUND. THIS YEAR’S PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY CENTER.
See the Mindful Healthy Life archives for recaps from past Love Your Body Yoga Festivals:
The 8th Annual Love Your Body Yoga Festival in Reston was a great success with thousands of visitors on a sunny, breezy Sunday afternoon. We hope to profile some of the vendors and organizations involved in the coming months and offer this photoblog to capture some scenes from the day.
Love Your Body Yoga Festival brings together yoga studios and wellness centers from all over northern Virginia to share information on the proper care and nourishment of YOU, your body, and your family.
Yoga for all ages & abilities! Kids activities! Healthy Treats! Raffle Prizes! Live Music! Massages! & Much more!
Schedule of activities at http://www.loveyourbodyyogafestival.com/new-events/
The 7th annual Love Your Body Yoga Festival is presented by Beloved Yoga. The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including live music, complimentary massages, energy healing demonstrations, healthy food samples, and opportunities to learn about alternative healing therapies such as Reiki, Chiropractic, Massage, and Yoga. We will also have a Kid’s Yoga Tent, children of all ages are welcome to enjoy free classes and activities all day.
Love Your Body Day Yoga Festival will also offer drawings for free yoga classes, massages, and other services. Class participation and services are free, donations are encouraged and will go to benefit Cornerstones (fomerly Reston Interfaith).
Come and celebrate commUNITY with Northern Virginia’s best yoga instructors and alternative health care providers offering fun and educational methods at Love Your Body Day Yoga Festival.
Full schedule of all activities at http://www.loveyourbodyyogafestival.com/new-events/
“Kidasana” activities (see festival website for most updated):
10:00 am – 10:25 am Excerpts from “My Mom” book series by Robyn Ringgold (All ages) (Vidya Vasudevan)
10:30 am – 10:55 am Young Yogis (ages 6-12) Easy Day Yoga
11:00 am – 11:25 am QiGong Animal Frolics (ages 5-11) Sun and Moon Yoga
11:30 am – 11:55 am Family Yoga and Kirtan (all ages) (Gitaji, BE Yoga)
12:00 noon – 12:25 pm Radiant Child Yoga (ages 3-10) (Mary Beth Quick, Heart & Soul Yoga)
12:30 pm – 12:55 pm Little Pretzels (ages 4-9) Dancing Mind Yoga
1:00 pm – 1:25 pm Yoga for Tweens (age 10-13) Dream Yoga
1:30 pm – 1:55 pm Adaptive Yoga (All ages) (Cindy Kopciak, Loudoun Valley Yoga)
2:00 pm – 2:25 pm YoKid Yoga (ages 7-11) YoKid
2:30 pm – 2:55 pm Creative Movement (ages 11-15) Creating Conscious Contact
3:00 pm – 3:25 pm Young Yogis (all ages) Easy Day Yoga
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Laughter Yoga Party (all ages) (Sunny Ho, Rebecca Burgess, Beloved Yoga)
Beloved Yoga’s sixth Love Your Body Day on Sunday, June 8, was truly full of love. The outdoor yoga festival kicked off Virginia Yoga Week with several different classes of yoga outside in the main plaza of Reston Town Center complemented by vendor tents from businesses devoted to health and well-being.
The festival makes yoga accessible through its free classes and brings in dozens of vendors to support people in their healing and wellness journeys. Donations made at the free event go to Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
When I asked Beloved Yoga owner Maryam Ovissi last year about her reasons for organizing the event, she said: “All Yoga festivals and events usually have one object to bring the commUNITY together to celebrate. However my underlying motivation for creating this event is to allow us (yoga studios/wellness studios) a way to release competition among ourselves. There is enough for everyone in this world and those of us who are committed to bring wellness, healing to the community need to see how we are serving together for the Highest Good. There is not just one way and therefore we have many different lineages and practices in the yoga and wellness community! We celebrate them ALL!”
Last year, I took my then two-year-old daughter to Love Your Body Day where we enjoyed participating in the children’s yoga tent, which offers a full day of classes and activities.
This year, I left both kids at home so I could enjoy a solo yoga practice, but I picked up several brochures about children’s yoga, including the upcoming National Kids Yoga Conference in September co-organized by YoKid and lil omm.
Doing yoga in the open air with more than a hundred other people was a beautiful way to start a Sunday morning. Maryam began a great opening practice accompanied by David Newman’s live music, including the song “Thinking of You” to which we all joined our voices in singing “Be bold, be free, be beautiful, believe, be love, be true to you.” I felt the hum of everyone’s energy when there are literal live vibrations coming from the stage, especially with the song’s message that we are all connected and thinking of one another.
I hope we can go as a family next year so that my children and husband can be part of this group connection. Chanting with live music – in this opening class and also with the kirtan in the bhaki tent — changed my inner vibration and my outlook. I want my kids to see people this blissed out more often. I want to be this blissed out more often! Love Your Body Day reminded me that I have the power to get to a peaceful and connected place whenever I want.
Want a piece of the bliss? There are $5 classes at studios around Northern Virginia through Sunday, June 15 and other related Virginia Yoga Week events. On Saturday, June 14 (rain date June 28) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. will be the free Yoga in the Fresh Air event in Old Town Alexandria’s Montgomery Park, 2 Montgomery Street. Organized by River’s Edge Yoga and presented in part by Yogis for Positive Change, the event will include outdoor yoga and a wine tasting and will kick off Be Well Virginia June 20-September 20. That solstice-to-equinox program will feature several free events, food drives (for people and for pets), and $5 classes to raise money for four charities: Carpenter’s Shelter, Cornerstones, Smashing Walnuts and Yoga Gives Back.
Note: Due to soggy conditions this week, Yoga In the Fresh Air may be postponed to June 28. Check the Virginia Yoga Week Facebook page or call 571-218-2161 after 12 noon on June 14th for a recorded message about the status of the event.
Also on Saturday the 14th, at Sterling Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be a free session of yoga, music and meditation as an introduction to the Happiness Program of The Art of Living Foundation. Space is limited for that one, so RSVP here or email kumblepradeep (at) gmail (d0t) com or call 480-332-2297. See the Virginia Yoga Week Facebook page for updates.
Looking ahead to 2015, expect another Love Your Baby Day around Mother’s Day next year at Beloved Yoga. This year’s inaugural event helped connect new and expectant parents with their inner wisdom and to groups and businesses that can support them in their parenting and holistic health journey.
And in the more recent future, if you know of a yoga camp that still has space available this summer, please share it in the comments, email jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com, or post it on our Facebook page and I’ll include in a compilation posting next week.
Yoga studios and wellness centers will be offering classes, providing services and sharing information on ways you can love your body