First-Ever Kootenay Spirit Festival Includes Impressive Lineup
When organizers of the Kootenay Spirit Festival set out to create this first-ever event, they considered other similar festivals, picked out what they thought was most evocative of the Kootenays, refined it, and began to invite teachers to come.
What ensued from that is a lineup of yoga teachers that have committed to the Kootenay Spirit Festival and will knock your socks off (literally) as they inspire you and help you engage more fully in your journey to health and wellness.
The lineup includes our own Mary-Jo Fetterly, one of the original founders of the first yoga studio in Nelson, Shanti Yoga. She will be back in Nelson to teach a class on Tantra Yoga. You can learn more about Mary-Jo Fetterly in her own blog post introducing the festival here, but in short form, Mary-Jo survived a ski accident in 2004 that left her paralyzed from the neck down. That this injury has not held her back from continuing to teach yoga is, alone, an inspiration. But her spirit runs deeper than that and to be taught by her is something many local people consider a gift. If you are unfamiliar with Mary-Jo’s teaching, rest assured that you will not be disappointed. And those who are familiar already know: the fact that she will be teaching this weekend is a rare treat. Do not miss her sessions.
Other out-of-town guest teachers will arrive from across North America:
- Ally Bogard — Ally visits us from New York City, where she teaches yoga and trains yoga teachers. Her story is one of gentle inspiration, and one that encourages exploration of your own story. Read more about Ally’s journey to yoga and to self-discovery here.
- Mara Branscombe — Vancouver dancer and yoga instructor, Mara brings her deep love of movement and union to her yoga practice at Rise Yoga, where she is director. She began her yoga journey 18 years ago, and since that time has taught yoga to corporate clients, dancers and professional athletes including the Vancouver Canucks. You can learn more about Mara’s fascinating and inspiring background here.
- Rameen Peyrow — Edmonton based Rameen founded Sattva yoga with the intention of giving yoga practitioners the tools so they can become balanced, happy and free. The “dynamic Sattva sequences and breathing techniques prepare the body to sit in meditation,” and, ultimately, learn who we really are and why we are here.
- Kristin Campbell — Squamish based Kristen Campbell left a lucrative career in the film industry because she felt a lack of fulfillment, as if she was working and working but not really accomplishing anything important (that’s a paraphrase…hope I got that right). She now is devoted to her mat, to the yoga life, and to bringing to others that same level of intention and self-awareness, bringing out your best through yoga.
- Jeff Mah — Calgary based Jeff is “happily guiding practitioners to move beyond their plateaus and reveal their true ability” Through ten years of study, beginning with the ashtanga system, he considers himself a yoga explorer and teacher, living at the intersection between art, science and spirit.
- Alison Rubin — Originally from Great Britain, Alison studied for twelve years in southern California before moving to Spokane in 1984, where she now teaches. She has trained with those from a variety of traditions, but mainly in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions.
Along with these out-of-town guests, many beloved local teachers of yoga, meditation and dance will also offer workshops.
You’ll have the chance to learn mindfulness, party dance, mantra and the art of self care. The range is diverse: Whether you are an experienced yogi or brand new, there is something for everyone, so check it out and we hope to see you there!
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