I caught up with Joe Schwab, the Executive Director:
SS: Joe, What is the United Nations Int’l Day connection?
“The International Day of Yoga is celebrated on June 21st (the longest day of the year) since its inception in 2015 by the United Nations. We’ve offered our festival since 2016 and come as close as we can to the actual date in order to honor this proclamation.”
SS: Is this for beginners?
“Absolutely! And ALL levels of yoga! We will have two large Community Classes for all levels and 20 breakout sessions focusing on beginner as well as advanced topics. There will also be music, food and vendor booths with fantastic merchandise!”
SS: How is this yoga festival different from other yoga festivals?
“First of all, it’s FREE for everyone. You only need to register online and show up!
Also, we have an enormous variety of classes, ranging from traditional yoga classes like Yoga 101, hips and low back and arm balances to kids yoga, sound immersion, meditation, yin yoga and yoga philosophy. We are also partnering with non-profit OG Yoga, whose mission is to bring yoga to populations that normally can’t attend studio classes.“
SS: How did you become involved?
“I guess it was in the cards! My role at the yoga studio is project manager. Someone else at the studio came up with the idea of a yoga festival honoring the Int’l Day of Yoga, then they left for another job. The festival then fell into my lap and has been there ever since!
My yoga practice has taught me so much about being in tune with my body and breath. It has made me a more patient and caring person. My teacher training was a life changing experience at a time in my life when I really needed it. My involvement with the yoga community has provided me with lasting relationships and given me opportunities to explore my various interests.”
Come celebrate with us! See you there ~ Namaste