Hamilton College will host the fourth Yoga Fest, starting at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at Tolles Pavilion and Events Barn, 198 College Hill Road. This event is open to the public and to all skill levels.
Yoga Fest is billed as a community-wide celebration of yoga. Tickets are $42 and are available online at yoga-fest-cny.ticketleap.com/yogafest2019.
Instructors include Colleen LaGasse, Jonathan Barnes, Kelly Sprague, Beth Yazell, Bianca Johnson, and Sandy Stanton.
• LaGasse is a former professional competitive bodybuilder with an extensive background in fitness. An AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, she recently completed her 300 hour advanced teacher training with study focused on yoga. Her various offerings at In Bloom Yoga in New Hartford include: Yin Yoga, vinyasa yoga, aerial yoga, and Y12SR (the yoga of 12 step recovery).
• Jonathan Barns was born and raised in Westmoreland. He spent 20 years on the left coast as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Barns began training in shamanism with The Foundation for Shamanic Studies in 1996, and completed their three year program in advanced studies in 2001. That same year he moved back to Westmoreland and started Down Dog Farm. Jonathan received his 200-hour yoga teacher certification in January 2015.
• Beth Yazell has been a certified yoga instructor since 1979, is a registered nurse, a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration. Some of her special interests include prenatal yoga and yoga-infused childbirth preparation, advancing yoga practice as meditation in motion, and places where science meets spirit. Yazell owns Bloom Yoga and Wellness in Oneida.
• Bianca Johnson is a native of Central New York. She is a graduate with her BA in psychology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. While studying psychology she began to learn the importance of all areas of health: mind, body and spirit. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Sacred Voyage Yoga School in January 2016. Johnson founded Full Lotus Yoga Studio in Rome where she offers various styles of yoga all emphasizing the mind, body, spirit connection.
• A native of central New York, Kelly Sprague is a lifelong student of yoga with an extensive background in health and wellness. A teacher at heart, she provides her students with an opportunity to learn, heal, and evolve through the practice of yoga, fitness, and meditation. Sprague, former General Manager of Paragon Athletic Club is now serving her student community in Clinton where she recently opened her own Studio, Soul Stop located 8 College St.
• Sandra Stanton is the Yoga Fest director and organizer. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance and discovered the benefits of yoga while on tour as a professional dancer with Twyla Tharp’s dance company THARP! She holds an Ashtanga Primary Series and Vinyasa yoga certification and has been practicing and teaching yoga and practicing reiki for almost 20 years. Stanton is a lecturer in the Dance and Movement Studies at Hamilton College.
All participants will receive a complimentary “ear seed” acupuncture treatment from Mackay Rippey. These treatments will be administered right after check-in to the event. For more information, go online to www.mackayrippey.com.
On the net: https://www.facebook.com/Sunflower-Yoga-Fest-612330762212670/