By: “AJ” Amy Jo Crowell, Publisher Dallas Yoga Magazine & Co-Founder Cosmic Yogi Movement
The Cosmic Yogi festival couldn’t have had a more beautiful day with an atmosphere that was filled with electrifying positive energy! Erica and myself are so very grateful and honored to have had so many incredible teachers and speakers participate in the event. Cosmic Yogi Festival’s goal is to motivate a movement for all yogis to unite. The teachers, speakers, vendors, food vendors, volunteers and attendees made this day possible and a united success. We will strive to grow our united yogi movement with future festivals not only in Dallas, but other cities as well. Our hearts cannot express our thankfulness for being a part of such a beautiful community. We look forward to continuing to serve everyone in the future.
This is what others had to say about the festival:
“This festival was one of the best I have attended for yogis and other wellness and holistic health professionals. From the consumer and the vendor side of things, I was so happy to have been there as it was such a great value in time and money from both perspectives! Great visibility for my business, and I was introduced to so many like-minded individuals I had no idea were in my neighborhood. Also, ALL THE CLASSES! With several classes taught every hour, the choices were amazing, and attendance was great!” Stacy Shepherd, Owner, The Yoga Factory
“The Cosmic Yogi Festival offered us a way to connect with fellow Yogis and experience sessions that were unique and inspiring!” Ashley Bundis, The Jewish Community Center
“We can chalk that one up to a success.” Ricky Tran, Owner, Krama Yoga Center
“This was an AWESOME festival and I’m so honored that I was a part of this event!!! See you guys next year!!!” Stacey Smith, ZenTala
“I could not be happier for Erica and AJ, you all must have magical powers because that festival was amazing!! I will definitely participate in future events you all organize!” Tamara Johnson, Enso Apothecary
The festival featured over 50 vendors, food trucks, a speaker every 35 minutes and 3 yoga classes every hour including one outdoors on the lawn. The fun filled day had yoga classes that ranged from Kundalini to Buti. The teachers, speakers and musicians were so talented and were such a gift to have them all as a part of the festival.
We are extremely grateful to the talented artist, Pete Taboada, for creating our beautiful festival painting. The vibrant colors of energy flowing upward into the Universe was breathtaking. Thank you to Pete for being such an incredible friend. You can purchase T-shirts featuring the painting. Go to Dallas Yoga Magazine’s Face Book page for more information.
Highlights of the day included Danae Richards offering Gong and Sound Meditation to a capacity crowd. Her calming vibes sent the class into a peaceful dimension. A crowd’s favorite was her “Ocean Drum” that sent vibrational waves through the room essentially bringing the beach to everyone’s meditation.
Ricky Tran lead an incredible class called “Yoga 101: Introduction to You”. He is an accomplished yoga teacher and owner of Krama Yoga Center. Ricky shared his yoga insights with a demonstration exploring the 3 main components of yoga practice…Your Body, Mind and Breath through simple movements. We were mesmerized when Ricky performed kirtan on the demonstration stage.
Debbie Simon from Blue Anjou Yoga and Meditation Center led a “Kundalini Kriya for Elevation”. The class was perfect for all yogi levels. She explained how the practice harnesses the energy in the spine, tunes the entire system, increases the circulation of the prana and apana while strengthening and stretching the spine. Debbie demonstrated “Breath of Fire” and had the class following her quickly. There wasn’t a participant who didn’t leave with the “Kundalini High”!
Tara Rosenthal rocked yoga on the lawn with “Buti Yoga”. Her class was inspirational with the tribal dance and primal movement all woven into a dynamic yoga practice. This group was bursting with energy as Tara had them moving up, down and in all directions. They were having so much fun! This class was empowering and quite a work out. You can find Tara at Tribal Yoga.
An authentic island transplant, Ken Solomon shared his “Afro Caribbean Drumming” bringing the Caribbean meaning of dance, joy and transformation while giving others a taste of real rhythms. His drum circle brought magic and many smiles to the festival.
Keith Bautista, led a “Power Vinyasa” class on the lawn. His unique and explosive class has a dance edge including expression poses and arm balances. Keith’s positivity and entertaining personality exudes throughout the class. Participants forget how hard they are working and sweating because of his enthusiastic encouragement. Keith teaches at the Yoga Factory in Plano.
The “Glow & Shine” Award of the festival goes to Daphne Moon with her “Glow Flow” class. The florescent body paints glowing in the black lights made the room shine with festive colors and vibrant energy! Daphne’s smile alone brightened the yoga class while inspiring people to move and stretch. Daphne can be found at Lotus Yoga Dallas.
Ebony Smith proudly nicknamed “The Ghetto Guru” lead Trap Star Yoga. Ebony’s class mixed the power of yoga with Trap Music. The Hip Hop music was bass heavy and encouraged everyone to be their best self in a “LIT” environment. Ebony created a non-profit charity called YOGA IN THE HOOD where she offers yoga to those living in the inner city and economically disadvantaged areas.
We can’t forget to mention Dallas Yoga Magazine’s own Logan Bennett. She led a “Rejuvenation Flow” class on the lawn. She guided everyone through a short meditation guided everyone into a transition flow that synced movement with breath to open the hips. The class followed Logan in a series of Sun Salutations and poses that left the class relaxed and rejuvenated.
We also want to thank the following sensational teachers:
Marissa Soto, from Arlington Yoga Center, who led a calming, stress relieving yoga class called “Self-Love: Gentle Yoga”.
Jaime Goldstein inspired her “Mindful Meditation” class to find inner balance with her guided meditation. You can find Jaime at North Texas Mindfulness in Denton.
Lea Anne Garsaud, from Rescue Yoga in Carrollton, led “Thai Yoga with a Partner” featuring a blend of gentle yoga, stretching including acupressure with a partner.
Chris Jones from Dallas led a “Slow Flow/Pulse” for all ages. His class provided poses that ranged from gentle to challenging emphasizing stability and self-centering energy.
Meghan Skirha teaches at “barre3” and her class mixed athleticism with grace and innovations designed to balance the body. Each individual was rewarded with an endorphin high, deep muscle burn and mind, body, spirit connection.
David Weiland, from Arlington Yoga Center, led “Dharma Yoga”. The style is similar to Hatha yoga and the class focused on developing their personal control over both mind and body through traditional exercises in asana, pranayama and meditation.
Sync Yoga was represented by Amanda Dunnavant and Charles Gaby inspired their “Slow Flow and Meditation for Emotional Awareness, Balance and Freedom” class with practices designed to explore unique patterns and ways of being through a slow vinyasa.
“Laughter Yoga” was brought to the festival by Elizabeth Lynd from Richardson. The goal of the class was to teach how to achieve the health benefits of laughter with reliance on humor, jokes or comedy. The class laughed wholeheartedly while incorporating pranayama and yogic breathing.
Diane Barriere, from Richardson, explored “Chair Yoga” with her class. Reminding everyone where ever you are sitting you can do Chair Yoga! She demonstrated how to stretch, balance and strengthen all while using a chair! Diane can be found teaching at Reef Point Yoga.
Yoga Digest’s Pat Fabulous inspired new yogis with an introductory class and brought experienced yogi’s back to basics in “Yoga Basics”. The class focused on alignment for every body type allowing beginners to learn the basics safely.
The Yoga Factory’s Owner, Stacy Shepherd, guided the “Receiving the Present Meditation.” He demonstrated how to utilize your breath, body and mind to assist in finding peace in the present moment.
Linda Cuyler is the such a bright star! Her “Gentle Restorative” class was perfect for the end of the day. She demonstrated the stretches and inspired everyone to strive for their best.
Our favorite couple of the day was Tricia Gagnon and Mark Lo Palo who led “Couples Yoga.” This class had couples working together not only strengthening themselves physically, but also connecting mind and spirit through yoga.
The festival would not have been a success without our Speakers and their array of topics and inspiring stories. Thank you to the following incredible speakers:
- Debbi Levy, Practicing Yoga with Intention
- Tatiana Miller & Lisa Ware, Stress-Less: Finding True Balance
- Colleen R. Logan, PhD, Creating Affirmative Space for Healing Self and Others
- Nena Watkins, Lac, Acupuncture and Qi Gong (Chinese Yoga)
- Joseph DuChene, Overcoming Chronic Yoga Complaints
- Katherine Galligan, How to Eat the Ayurveda Way
- Ebony Smith, Teaching Yoga in Underserved Communities
- Lea Anne Garsaud, Creating Sacred Space; Clear and Protect Your Space/Clear and Protect Yourself
- Daphne Moon, Depression, Anxiety and Abuse: A Yogi’s Journey to Heal
- John Mestyanek, The Keys to Your Universe: Attention & Intention
Keep watching for future Cosmic Yogi Festivals! www.cosmicyogimovement.com
If you are interested in participating in future events as a vendor, teacher, speaker or volunteer, please reach out to AJ Crowell, firstname.lastname@example.org or Erica Mestyanek, email@example.com