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Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival

Echo bluff state park, missouri MAY 18-20, 2018

 
Matthew Krepps at Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival 2017

How it all started...

OMY, with a hOMebase studio in Springfield, Missouri was created in 2006 to celebrate the incredible beauty and energy of the Ozark Mountains by providing Yoga nature retreats that included activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing and paddling all across the greater Ozarks region. As more like-minded people joined in these interests, getting them all together for a festival was the next step.

The Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival is a growing, unique grassroots event which was held for the first several years in NW Arkansas at the Circle Yoga Shala a residential Yoga training facility and organic farm representing the deepest values of compassion, Yoga education and union with nature. As the popularity of the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival grows more people are seeking access to this one-of-a-kind event and more presenters eager to share. We are blessed that Echo Bluff State Park is anxious to facilitate this natural process.

Echo Bluff State Park, nestled in Mark Twain National Forest has a lodge with conference areas, deluxe rooms, cabins and a 62 site campground. It also features a full-service restaurant and snack/gift shop. The grounds include a mountaintop covered pavilion, amphitheater, trail system and a large spring that creates "Sinking Creek" which flows into the Current River. Numerous other public and private campgrounds and lodging options are very nearby.

During the festival there will be three conference rooms busy with Yoga workshops. There will be presentations in and outside of the main lodge and at surrounding pavilions with interesting venders, guided hikes and children's activities all available.

Book your camping through the Missouri Park Service for Echo Bluff State Park. Rooms and cabins at Echo Bluff Lodge are available for booking but are blocked. Refer to "Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival" when booking your reservations. Echo Bluff lodge has a full service restaurant, vendors are scheduled to be on site and as with any park, you are welcome to bring your own food items.

Tickets are good for all presentations in the lodge's 3 main conference rooms and all other event presentations, demonstrations and other activities.

CLICK HERE for tickets to the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Yoga FestivaL May 18-20, 2018

Opening Bonfire Ceremony Friday Night

Diverse Classes All Day Saturday & Sunday

featured presenters

  Matthew Krepps   Holly and I and a couple of close friends decided to buy a working homestead in the Ozarks, intent on developing a retreat center. Enter Circle Yoga Shala, where folks come to be immersed in nature, train in classical yoga and other forward thinking modalities, eat the food we raise on the property, drink living water from a local spring: basically to heal and realize their highest potential. The shala is the embodiment of everything that has been and still is important to me: food, philosophy, activity, and inquiry. I am adept in cuisine from every continent and use the principles of Ayurveda in my preparations. It is our example of what it means to live a life that is intent on thriving. It is an offering to our fellow students, teachers, friends, and Mother Earth, in service of the possibility that humans can evolve consciously.

Matthew Krepps

Holly and I and a couple of close friends decided to buy a working homestead in the Ozarks, intent on developing a retreat center. Enter Circle Yoga Shala, where folks come to be immersed in nature, train in classical yoga and other forward thinking modalities, eat the food we raise on the property, drink living water from a local spring: basically to heal and realize their highest potential. The shala is the embodiment of everything that has been and still is important to me: food, philosophy, activity, and inquiry. I am adept in cuisine from every continent and use the principles of Ayurveda in my preparations. It is our example of what it means to live a life that is intent on thriving. It is an offering to our fellow students, teachers, friends, and Mother Earth, in service of the possibility that humans can evolve consciously.

  Holly Krepps   I began my affair with Yoga in 1992 which led me to study with Shri Ananda Ma of the Dhyanyoga Center. In 2000, My husband, Matthew and I had the privilege of owning a studio in Little Rock for close to a decade developing into one of the premier yoga studios in the state. During that time, I had the opportunity to study and train in with a variety of teachers, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Doug Keller, Godfrey Devereux, Ana Forrest, Richard Miller, Erich Schiffman and Shiva Rea. In 2009, we created Circle Yoga Shala! Currently, I am in a 2-year study in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, a non-dual contemplative wisdom school. I lead a full and content life that is a result of fearless sensitive living and radical acceptance of what is.

Holly Krepps

I began my affair with Yoga in 1992 which led me to study with Shri Ananda Ma of the Dhyanyoga Center. In 2000, My husband, Matthew and I had the privilege of owning a studio in Little Rock for close to a decade developing into one of the premier yoga studios in the state. During that time, I had the opportunity to study and train in with a variety of teachers, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Doug Keller, Godfrey Devereux, Ana Forrest, Richard Miller, Erich Schiffman and Shiva Rea. In 2009, we created Circle Yoga Shala! Currently, I am in a 2-year study in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, a non-dual contemplative wisdom school. I lead a full and content life that is a result of fearless sensitive living and radical acceptance of what is.

  Bill Lynch   Bill  began Ozark Mountain Yoga in 2006 as a way to take yoga outdoors. Beginning with retreats in the National Forests of the Ozarks that included yoga with activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing  and getting to know other yogis that felt a connection to the natural world. He has been developing educational programs for over 20 years and his yoga teaching heavily incorporates the traditions of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Shri Pattabhi Jois as learned from teacher Richard Freeman into a highly accessible Vinyasa Flow. His intuitive, heart-centered style of teaching focuses on breath and the present moment promoting an invigorating, personally relevant and meditative yoga practice. He teaches daily public classes and is a Director of Education at Ozark Mountain Yoga studio in Springfield, MO

Bill Lynch

Bill  began Ozark Mountain Yoga in 2006 as a way to take yoga outdoors. Beginning with retreats in the National Forests of the Ozarks that included yoga with activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing  and getting to know other yogis that felt a connection to the natural world. He has been developing educational programs for over 20 years and his yoga teaching heavily incorporates the traditions of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Shri Pattabhi Jois as learned from teacher Richard Freeman into a highly accessible Vinyasa Flow. His intuitive, heart-centered style of teaching focuses on breath and the present moment promoting an invigorating, personally relevant and meditative yoga practice. He teaches daily public classes and is a Director of Education at Ozark Mountain Yoga studio in Springfield, MO

  Pam Schulte   Pam believes that the breath holds the key to bringing together the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga…ultimately leading to total transformation. She views her students as snowflakes…meaning no two students bodies are exactly alike and has a compassionate style which encourages students to alter the practice based on whatever they may be experiencing in the moment. Her goals are to make yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone; as well as to inspire, challenge and empower students to take responsibility for their practice…on and off the yoga mat. Pam has been teaching yoga in St Louis for 20 years and has experience with students of all ages and abilities. She is a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She offers 200-hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training and 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in St Louis as the owner of Just Practice Yoga.

Pam Schulte

Pam believes that the breath holds the key to bringing together the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga…ultimately leading to total transformation. She views her students as snowflakes…meaning no two students bodies are exactly alike and has a compassionate style which encourages students to alter the practice based on whatever they may be experiencing in the moment. Her goals are to make yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone; as well as to inspire, challenge and empower students to take responsibility for their practice…on and off the yoga mat. Pam has been teaching yoga in St Louis for 20 years and has experience with students of all ages and abilities. She is a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She offers 200-hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training and 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in St Louis as the owner of Just Practice Yoga.

  Dustin Turner   Dustin Turner is an accomplished Yoga Therapist, has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition as learned from teacher Gabriel Halpbern has brought so much healing and joy into his life that he is dedicated to sharing it with others through all levels of class and therapy. Besides being an accomplished Iyengar teacher, Dustin is also a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater.

Dustin Turner

Dustin Turner is an accomplished Yoga Therapist, has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition as learned from teacher Gabriel Halpbern has brought so much healing and joy into his life that he is dedicated to sharing it with others through all levels of class and therapy. Besides being an accomplished Iyengar teacher, Dustin is also a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater.

  Wes Pilcher   Wes Pilcher is a teacher and co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock, Arkansas. His teaching style comes from a unique combination of training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Matthew and Holly Krepps and Duncan Wong. Wes also studied holistic healing through Clayton College of Natural Medicine and studied Ayurveda with Dr. Champa. Wes is co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective, teaching there, at the Jim Dailey fitness center and Bigrock Yoga in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wes also produced and developed a video, "Satellite Flow", a Vinyasa or flowing series based on his unique style. He encourages students to challenge themselves while maintaining an atmosphere of lightheartedness that allows students to practice, experiment, laugh and grow.

Wes Pilcher

Wes Pilcher is a teacher and co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock, Arkansas. His teaching style comes from a unique combination of training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Matthew and Holly Krepps and Duncan Wong. Wes also studied holistic healing through Clayton College of Natural Medicine and studied Ayurveda with Dr. Champa. Wes is co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective, teaching there, at the Jim Dailey fitness center and Bigrock Yoga in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wes also produced and developed a video, "Satellite Flow", a Vinyasa or flowing series based on his unique style. He encourages students to challenge themselves while maintaining an atmosphere of lightheartedness that allows students to practice, experiment, laugh and grow.

  Cheryl Hemmert   Finds great joy in sharing her energetic practice. "I love how vibrant, radiant and alive it makes me feel. " Teaching techniques to help not only attain but to sustain a higher level of energy, happiness and sense of stability. Cheryl was the aerobic program director for World Gym and won the 1990 Body Building title for Ms Vancouver- All Natural and studied Tibetan Buddhist meditation on The Big Island of Hawaii at the Nechung Temple in Wood Valley, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Springfield where she took her first Yantra Yoga class with Lama Lobsang. She also trained in Buddhist Theravada meditation with Aya Dipa, Tantra Yoga at Teach to Inspire, and most recently Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravj Singh. Her favorite quote is "the body is the physical manifestation of enlightenment if you can learn to actualize it".

Cheryl Hemmert

Finds great joy in sharing her energetic practice. "I love how vibrant, radiant and alive it makes me feel. " Teaching techniques to help not only attain but to sustain a higher level of energy, happiness and sense of stability. Cheryl was the aerobic program director for World Gym and won the 1990 Body Building title for Ms Vancouver- All Natural and studied Tibetan Buddhist meditation on The Big Island of Hawaii at the Nechung Temple in Wood Valley, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Springfield where she took her first Yantra Yoga class with Lama Lobsang. She also trained in Buddhist Theravada meditation with Aya Dipa, Tantra Yoga at Teach to Inspire, and most recently Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravj Singh. Her favorite quote is "the body is the physical manifestation of enlightenment if you can learn to actualize it".

  Dianna Lucas   Dianna is an Integrative Wellness Specialist and Retreat Facilitator. Her mission is providing support for people to trust their inner wisdom as a guide to a life of fulfillment. She is a lifetime student and a progressive teacher of meditation and movement techniques, embodying the coexistence of ancient and contemporary cultures in the pursuit of spiritual development with the unification of ritual and practice, grounded in a trauma informed approach.Dianna is the founder of Grand Basin Yoga Forest Park in St. Louis, and the bi-annual Women's Weekend Retreat, located at Camp Manitowa in Benton, IL.

Dianna Lucas

Dianna is an Integrative Wellness Specialist and Retreat Facilitator. Her mission is providing support for people to trust their inner wisdom as a guide to a life of fulfillment. She is a lifetime student and a progressive teacher of meditation and movement techniques, embodying the coexistence of ancient and contemporary cultures in the pursuit of spiritual development with the unification of ritual and practice, grounded in a trauma informed approach.Dianna is the founder of Grand Basin Yoga Forest Park in St. Louis, and the bi-annual Women's Weekend Retreat, located at Camp Manitowa in Benton, IL.

  Essie Titus   Being stationed in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s River Market on the Fire Department since 2005 makes Essie no stranger to pressure and stress. As a trauma informed yoga instructor trained at the Himalayan Institute and a Certified Yoga Therapist under the IAYT, she is an advocate for self-care and self-regulation in the first responder/military community. In addition to duties at the fire station, she currently teaches to the fire academy and police department in KC, donation classes at RoKC, and for Warriors Ascent, a non-profit organization offering free trauma informed yoga and mindfulness programs to military, first responders, and their communities.

Essie Titus

Being stationed in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s River Market on the Fire Department since 2005 makes Essie no stranger to pressure and stress. As a trauma informed yoga instructor trained at the Himalayan Institute and a Certified Yoga Therapist under the IAYT, she is an advocate for self-care and self-regulation in the first responder/military community. In addition to duties at the fire station, she currently teaches to the fire academy and police department in KC, donation classes at RoKC, and for Warriors Ascent, a non-profit organization offering free trauma informed yoga and mindfulness programs to military, first responders, and their communities.

  Jayme Sweere  C-IAYT, RYT500, MBA, CPT  I began studying yoga in 2008 to support my training in athletics and it’s become the foundation for my ongoing training in life. As a content producer for YogaInternational.com and a resident at the Himalayan Institute I was immersed in the study and practice of yoga as well as working a desk job. This combination has lead to founding  Stressed Out Humans  which focuses on wellness programming, movement spaces, and retreats that integrate yoga into the workplace. I also offer yoga therapy, immersions, and retreats at Zen3 Yoga Studio in Springfield MO and continue training at the Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper AR.

Jayme Sweere
C-IAYT, RYT500, MBA, CPT

I began studying yoga in 2008 to support my training in athletics and it’s become the foundation for my ongoing training in life. As a content producer for YogaInternational.com and a resident at the Himalayan Institute I was immersed in the study and practice of yoga as well as working a desk job. This combination has lead to founding Stressed Out Humans which focuses on wellness programming, movement spaces, and retreats that integrate yoga into the workplace. I also offer yoga therapy, immersions, and retreats at Zen3 Yoga Studio in Springfield MO and continue training at the Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper AR.

  Kat Robinson   Kat Robinson is the owner and education director of Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is a YA Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kat trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Integrative Oncology Yoga with Lorenzo Cohen, Alejandro Chaoul, Jennifer Buergermeister and many others. Kat believes that integrating traditional medical treatment and complimentary health and wellness modalities not only provides a well rounded treatment protocol it also gives a sense of empowerment to those who are undergoing treatment providing them with the ability to be proactive in their own health and wellness. Kat’s approach to yoga is very bio-individual, providing the basis for her philosophy that no one else lives in your body.....make your practice about you.

Kat Robinson

Kat Robinson is the owner and education director of Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is a YA Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kat trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Integrative Oncology Yoga with Lorenzo Cohen, Alejandro Chaoul, Jennifer Buergermeister and many others. Kat believes that integrating traditional medical treatment and complimentary health and wellness modalities not only provides a well rounded treatment protocol it also gives a sense of empowerment to those who are undergoing treatment providing them with the ability to be proactive in their own health and wellness. Kat’s approach to yoga is very bio-individual, providing the basis for her philosophy that no one else lives in your body.....make your practice about you.

  Kara Cummings   Kara Cummings, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, has dedicated herself to the practice, study, and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 1997, while living in Austin TX. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. Kara has trained in the disciplines of Ashtanga (David Swenson, Sharon Moon), Iyengar (Devon Dederich, Peggy Kelly), and Kundalini (Yogi Bhajan, Methab Benton) combining elements of these styles into a dynamic and inspiring alignment-based flow. She is also professionally trained to teach Aerial Yoga and Aerial Sling.  She is the owner and Director of Education at Studio 33's School of Yoga, Pilates, and Functional Movement in Poplar Bluff, MO, is the lead trainer at The Melting Spot's yoga teacher training program in Owasso OK, and on the faculty of The Yoga Source's yoga teacher training program In Cape Girardeau, MO. 

Kara Cummings

Kara Cummings, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, has dedicated herself to the practice, study, and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 1997, while living in Austin TX. She is continually inspired by yoga’s transformative power—both internally and externally, and finds it to be a source of love and strength. Kara has trained in the disciplines of Ashtanga (David Swenson, Sharon Moon), Iyengar (Devon Dederich, Peggy Kelly), and Kundalini (Yogi Bhajan, Methab Benton) combining elements of these styles into a dynamic and inspiring alignment-based flow. She is also professionally trained to teach Aerial Yoga and Aerial Sling.  She is the owner and Director of Education at Studio 33's School of Yoga, Pilates, and Functional Movement in Poplar Bluff, MO, is the lead trainer at The Melting Spot's yoga teacher training program in Owasso OK, and on the faculty of The Yoga Source's yoga teacher training program In Cape Girardeau, MO. 

  Laurel Goodman   In 2012, Laurel discovered Acro Yoga on a five month bicycle tour in S.E. Asia. Organically, she began teaching Acro Yoga and growing the Columbia, MO Acro community. Laurel comes from a background in breakdancing and brings improvisation and creativity into her teaching. In Laurel’s classes, she creates a fun, challenging, and community-oriented environment where students can safely grow their Acro Yoga skills alongside trust and communication in their partnerships. In 2015, Laurel received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Six in St. Louis. Last summer she traveled to Hawaii to train for her Acro Yoga Instructor Certification. She can be found in offering Acro and yoga classes, corporate yoga classes, private sessions, workshops, and performance in Columbia, the Midwest, and beyond.  

Laurel Goodman

In 2012, Laurel discovered Acro Yoga on a five month bicycle tour in S.E. Asia. Organically, she began teaching Acro Yoga and growing the Columbia, MO Acro community. Laurel comes from a background in breakdancing and brings improvisation and creativity into her teaching. In Laurel’s classes, she creates a fun, challenging, and community-oriented environment where students can safely grow their Acro Yoga skills alongside trust and communication in their partnerships. In 2015, Laurel received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Six in St. Louis. Last summer she traveled to Hawaii to train for her Acro Yoga Instructor Certification. She can be found in offering Acro and yoga classes, corporate yoga classes, private sessions, workshops, and performance in Columbia, the Midwest, and beyond.  

  Amber Treece   "I had been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years and left Missouri in February 2014 to study yoga at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. It was there I knew. I knew that I was in the right field. It felt natural. After graduation I made my way back to Columbia and started teaching at Yoga Sol. Then ventured back to Phoenix, Arizona, where I joined the Sutra Studios family as a vinyasa instructor . It was there I really fell in love. I fell in love with yoga and the self love and growth the comes along with it. My biggest yoga passion is bringing it to every BODY. No matter your background, size or age. Helping people find freedom, love and peace through breath and movement. Now, coming full circle, back to Columbia, Missouri."

Amber Treece

"I had been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years and left Missouri in February 2014 to study yoga at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. It was there I knew. I knew that I was in the right field. It felt natural. After graduation I made my way back to Columbia and started teaching at Yoga Sol. Then ventured back to Phoenix, Arizona, where I joined the Sutra Studios family as a vinyasa instructor . It was there I really fell in love. I fell in love with yoga and the self love and growth the comes along with it. My biggest yoga passion is bringing it to every BODY. No matter your background, size or age. Helping people find freedom, love and peace through breath and movement. Now, coming full circle, back to Columbia, Missouri."

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Patrick Mureithi
Musician

Patrick Mureithi is a Kenyan documentary filmmaker and musician who lives in Springfield, Missouri, USA. His music is influenced by Folk, Delta Blues and Reggae. “Spiritual, uplifting, sweet music that you will want to share with everyone you know and love.” ~Gail Hansen, Owner and Booking Manager, SOhO, Santa Barbara. Patrick is experienced with playing music at yoga festivals, including the well known Wanderlust Festival. Check out this article by Wanderlust on Patrick Mureithi. 

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Tranquil SOunds

A Saturday Evening of Melodic Gong and Tibetan Singing Bowls

Cheryl Hemmert will energize and sooth the evening with incredible, melodic crystal singing bowls and gong music. Relax into the moment and receive healing through music, breath, relaxation and sound immersion. This will be held in the pond amphitheater next the Echo Bluff Lodge. More info to come...

 
Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival Fun!

ticket INFO

To book your lodging contact Echo Bluff Lodge directly. Rooms and cabins are still available for booking but are blocked. Refer to "Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival" when booking your reservations.

Book your camping through the Missouri Park Service for Echo Bluff State Park. Additional lodging and camping options in the area can be found by visiting the Eminence, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Web Site.

Echo Bluff lodge has a full service restaurant for your dining convenience, vendors are scheduled to be on site and as with any park, you are welcome to bring your own food.

Tickets are good for all presentations in the lodge's 3 main conference rooms, all event presentations, demonstrations and other activities throughout the weekend.

 

 

Class Descriptions

 
 
 
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Foundations of Vinyasa
With Bill Lynch

Foundations of Vinyasa: Starting where we are in the building of a Yoga practice grounding ourselves with movement and breath. Here we explore the basics of Vinyasa, sun salutations, basic standing and seated poses in a meditative, cognizant manner. Especially the process of breathing, where we absorb Prana energy from our natural environment, and once the body assimilates the energies, it is released through Apana. Together we will build increasing awareness of the fundamental patterns of Prana and Apana and how they are united distinctly with our intentions, alignment and integrated movement. In this all-levels class we learn to recognize and balance these two vital energies through specific breathing and movement patterns within our practice: Prana and Apana and how to utilize this knowledge as a complimentary part of our yoga practice and every day lives.

 
 
 
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Integrative oncology yoga
with Kat Robinson

A diagnosis of cancer can bring on feelings of uncertainty and stress for not only the patient but also their caregivers and other family members. While it is not always possible to control the stressful event, we can control our response to it. Research has shown Mind/body practices such as yoga and meditation affect neurotransmitters, which are essential in maintaining a healthy balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic arousal, therefore helping to manage the hard wired "fight or flight" response to stress improving overall quality of life and positively impacting clinical treatment outcomes.
Based on MD Anderson's Integrative Oncology Yoga Program, this class is appropriate for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, yoga teachers and medical staff. 

 
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Visheysha: Accomplishing the unusual 
With Matthew Krepps

There three primary orientations to Sadhana: therapeutic, maintenance ("householder"), and Advanced. The third is for testing our limits by placing novel demands on ourselves that are challenging to sustain and becoming stronger and more sophisticated in the process of adaptation that follows. 

Advanced practice is often defined by the world of inversions and hand balancing, and as such the three-point headstand, often called the "working headstand" is the gateway to building a platform from which to investigate the numerous variations the emerge in the inverted world. 

Join Matthew Krepps from Circle Yoga Shala for a master class on the intricacies of the working headstand: learn simple neck and shoulder assessment, preparation strategies, and strength standards to move toward as you build a foundation from which to jump into the inverted world. Class finishes with group processing and a discussion about the spiritual significance of living "Upside down."

 
 
 
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Ground Zero for Change
With holly kreps

Sitting is the New Smoking. If you sit you're increasing risks for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and kidney disease in women, colon cancer in men, numerous chronic issues related to obesity, and oh yea... death.

At the same time, the sitting foundation is indispensable for practice. Specifically because of meditation and pranayama. So, sitting well in the Yoga Tradition is equated with mastery. 

You will receive sitting postures from the wisdom of various ancient cultures, so you can sit well. All of which are connected together by unique multi-plane rolling vinyasas. 

 
 
 
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Keys to Safe and Effective Asana: The Snowflake principle of Yoga
with pam Schulte

You have probably heard the saying that no two snowflakes are exactly alike even though they look similar to the naked eye and are comprised of the same basic elements. Learn how this important concept applies on the yoga mat to your asana practice. While we all have the same bones, joints and muscles, the shape of the bones as well as the flexibility and strength of the muscles make us each unique…not to mention our age, gender, injuries, etc. This class will use common yoga poses to help students recognize what is limiting them in yoga – bones, muscles, body proportions – so they can make smart choices in their yoga poses. If you have ever wondered why you can’t do such and such pose, the answer might surprise you.

Gentle Yoga For Healthy Joints
With Pam Schulte

Many yoga poses move our joints in repetitive ways back and forth, yet many of our joints rotate circularly.  Discover how good it feels to explore the muscles and joints in a slightly different way, using gentle fluid movements  to lubricate joint surfaces and release muscular tension.  Whether you are new to yoga, a long time practitioner, 25 or 65 this class will leave you relaxed and refreshed. 

 
 
 
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Blissful Backbends
With Wesley Pilcher

Usually scared to do a backbend class? Do you want to run out of the door screaming? This is for you! Backbends can be blissful experience. By good warm ups , with the spine , shoulders and hips, how to use counter poses, and good alignment you will find a new freedom. You will find bliss...

What is covered: 
Vinyasa
Camel set
Bow
Floor core set
And counter stretches

Shiva Flow
With Wesley Pilcher

In this class, we will practice a sequence designed to uplift the spirit, tone the muscles, stimulate our vital organs and encourage the body to release toxins. 


Practice includes:
Detoxifying breathing exercise
Dancing warrior warm up set
Shiva dance set
Split set and back bending set for finishing 

 
 
 
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Half Moon Flow
With Amber Treece

Energy is high as we move one breath per movement to focus on putting our intentions into actions. The moon is growing as are we- emotionally, physically and mentally. With mid-tempo beats and mindful breathing, you'll be able to get lost in your freedom of movement and gratitude for yourself. 

 

This practice is suitable for all levels of yogis! Amber will offer modifications to make sure to meet you where you are. This flow class will involve standing asanas and a few balancing asanas (postures). See you on your mat!

New Moon Flow
With Amber Treece

Set to slow tempo chill beats, you will move through postures slowly and mindfully. We will focus on intention setting and pranayama (the breath, life force!). Moving slower through movement will make us stronger and more patient as the tension and stress melt away. We will work on alignment in basic poses.

 

This practice is suitable for beginners however more experience yogis will be challenged as well. As sometimes, LESS IS MORE. The challenge will lie in finding stillness of the mind while moving through long deep breaths in a grateful vinyasa dance. 

 
 
 
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Yoga Therapeutics
With Dustin Turner

Come prepared to name a pose that does not feel good, and have Dustin teach you how to make it work for you. Alignment details and precise placement teach students how to safely work with their limitations. The use of props will show how simple it is to relieve pressure from an injured area and plant a seed of hope for future improvement. Run toward the roar... We all see poses we want to do, but are unsure as to how to get there. B.K.S. Iyengar had a saying that you, "run towards to roar instead of away from it.” You already know where you have been, so your point of growth is in that place of fear. We will explore some poses that students may find intimidating, and we will begin breaking those poses down, building the structure and confidence to do them.

 
 
 
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Success & Happiness are Your Birthright
With Cheryl Hemmert

Resolve the unresolved with one of the most profound Kundalini Yoga Kriyas. A Kriya for healing the body and ridding the mind of old emotional blockages. Balance your Tattvas, release old emotional grief, increase lung capacity, find inner stillness and peace. Allow the great waves of joy, happiness and pleasure to wash over you as we end with an extended Gong Immersion.

Kundalini Yoga combines breathing techniques, dynamic movement, mantra, rhythm and sound to work on all levels of our being.teaching you the art of relaxation, self healing, and elevation. You will leave feeling spiritually open and connected to yourself and those around you.

All Levels
Beginners welcome - may be done sitting in a chair

Vibrational Concert with Gongs, Bowls, and Chants
With Cheryl Hemmert

Cheryl along with friends (Jay Hemmert & Jennifer Kilgore) will help you relax and receive, restore and recharge. Enjoy the light show and sonic bliss. A total absorption of cosmic sound and fantasy for the mind .Allow your body to relax and heal as you feel the harmonic resonance of instruments including Gongs, bells, strings, crystal singing bowls, and chimes. Get lost and found in the rhythm and the sound. Balance your chakras and tune into your inner strengths. Listen and contemplate as the pulsations of sound waves over you.. Listen to the sacred sound currents and elevate your soul.

All Levels
Should be able to breathe and lie on your back for extended periods of time 

 
 
 
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Elevate Your Poses: Beginner Acro Yoga Workshop
With Laurel Goodman

Certified Acro Instructor Laurel Goodman will guide you through the foundations of Acro Yoga in this workshop. Together, we'll learn to base, fly, and spot by elevating yoga poses such as locust, plank, wide-legged forward fold, and goddess. If you are interested in making new friends and inviting playfulness into your practice, this workshop is for you! 

 
 
 
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Movers & Shakers: Postures for Productivity and Emotional Processing
With Jayme Sweere and Essie Titus

ProTips on integrating yoga into everyday life. This experiential session will focus on creating a space of calm in chaos through discussion about controlling the controllables and experiencing techniques that build the skill of adaptability. Key principles of Hatha yoga will be explained through the lense of current research in neuroscience and biomechanics for a deeper understanding of how these specific practices help to stabilize the body, mind, and emotions, providing a foundation for designing a personal practice that is efficient, timely, and consistently relevant in a world of constant change. Appropriate for all experience levels.

 

 
 
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Holistic Yoga: A Traditional, All Levels Practice
with Dianna Lucas

Holistic Yoga is a blend of traditions including Hatha and Yantra yoga with traditional native practices. It is open to all levels and welcomes advanced practitioners alongside beginners. This class offers inspiration from many traditions and includes meditation, intention setting, calling in the elements and directions, pranayama and challenging asana urging the practioner back to primal movement. Classes are very focused but delivered with a sense of humor. You will leave feeling relaxed, energized, and inspired.

 

Tentative Schedule

Friday, May 18th

6:30 PM Opening Ceremony 

Followed with refreshments and a bonfire drum circle. 

Saturday, May 19th

8:00 – 10:00 am

Wheeler Room

Visheysha: Accomplishing the Unusual with Matt

Patio

Half Moon Flow with Amber

Nixon Room

Movers and Shakers with Jayme and Essie

Grandview Room

Success and Happiness with Cheryl

10:30 – 12:30

Wheeler Room

Holistic Yoga with Dianna 

Nixon Room

Foundations of Vinyasa with Bill

Grandview Room

Elevate Your Poses with Laurel

1:15 – 3:15

Wheeler Room

Ground Zero For Change with Holly

Nixon Room

Blissful Backbends with Wes

Grandview Room

Integrative Oncology of Yoga with Kat

3:45-5:45

Wheeler Room

Yoga Therapeutics with Dustin

Nixon Room

Gentle Yoga for Healthy Joints with Pam

Grandview Room

Kara

6:00 – 8:00

Vibrational Concert with Cheryl

Sunday, May 20th

8:00-10:00 am

Patio

New Moon Flow with Amber

Nixon Room

Shiva Flow with Wes

Wheeler Room

Holistic Yoga with Dianna

Grandview Room

Elevate Your Poses with Laurel

10:30-12:30 PM

Nixon Room

Yoga Therapeutics with Dustin

Wheeler Room

Keys to Safe and Healthy Asana with Pam

Grandview Room

Ground Zero For Change with Holly

1:15-3:15 PM

Nixon Room

Visheysha: Accomplishing the Unusual with Matt

Wheeler Room

Kara

Grandview Room

Success and Happiness are Your Birthright with Cheryl

3:45-5:45 PM

Nixon Room

Integrative Oncology of Yoga with Kat

Wheeler Room

Foundations of Vinyasa with Bill

Grandview Room

Movers and Shakers with Jayme and Essie

*Schedule Subject to Change

Our schedule is still being updated. Make sure to check back to see what's new!

Contributors 

Similar to our presenters, our contributors can also be found at the festival presenting and demoing different products and services they offer. They will be located in Gazebos at Echo Bluff. More information coming soon! 

get involved!

Would you like to Present or Teach at the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival? We are seeking presenters on topics ranging from healthy living to outdoor skills, as well as teachers of Yoga and meditation and would love to hear from you! Please contact us using this form and we will send you the official application! 

 Partner and Sponsorship opportunities are available! A partnering or sponsorship with OMY is a unique opportunity to reach your audience of like minded people that share the same healthy values, love of Yoga, outdoors recreation and connection to nature. Use this form to get more information on how we can help support you or your company!

For Vending, Lodging and Camping information and registration please contact Echo Bluff State park directly.

Book your camping through the Missouri Park Service for Echo Bluff State Park. Rooms and cabins at Echo Bluff Lodge are available for booking but are blocked. Refer to "Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival" when booking your reservations. Echo Bluff lodge has a full service restaurant, vendors are scheduled to be on site and as with any park, you are welcome to bring your own food items.

Tickets are good for all presentations in the lodge's 3 main conference rooms and all other event presentations, demonstrations and other activities.

Additional lodging and camping options in the area can be found by visiting the Eminence, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Web Site.

 
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Echo bluff state park

34489 Echo Bluff Drive
Eminence, MO 65466

(844) 322-3246