Ally Bogard will be one of the many yoga teachers participating in the inaugural Kootenay Spirit Festival from September 12 to 14.

Spirit Festival features yoga superstars

Teachers at the inaugural event will encourage mindfulness, healthy living.

Yoga is for everybody.

That’s the message of this year’s first ever Kootenay Spirit Festival, which is being held from Friday to Sunday and features some of the biggest superstars of the yoga world.

“The classes we’ll be offering are really varied, from thing like the art of self-care to focusing on balance in your postures and your life, to a class on party dance or another one on chanting mantra. There will be a wide variety of classes for every skill level,” said coordinator Trisha Wilson.

One of the teachers who will be driving this point home is Nelson yoga icon Mary-Jo Fetterly, who opened the first studio in Nelson before becoming quadriplegic in 2005. She continues to teach Iyengar yoga through Shanti Yoga studio, and will be offering classes during the weekend.

“Most people in Nelson will know her,” said Wilson. “She offers a message of how to create transformation in our lives through inspiration.”

Wilson said Fetterly will teach tantra yoga, incorporating breath practice and meditation as well as guiding students through a series of postures.

“We love that she represents that yoga can be practiced by anyone. It’s not about being incredibly flexible. It’s beyond the physical. It’s so much more,” she said.

Another headlining teacher is Ally Bogard, owner of the Gaiatri Yoga teacher training program, who once lived here and now teaches worldwide.

“She’s an incredibly inspiring teacher, loved by many,” said Wilson.

Bogard’s classes emphasize thoughtful and meticulous alignment and sequencing to “allow the physical and energetic body to hold and emit higher frequencies of light” according to the festival website.

Another highlight is a class being taught by local teacher Sat Kaur Khalsa, who will provide a class on Kundalini yoga accompanied by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa.

To emphasize the inclusive nature of the festival, there will be a free event held in Lakeside Park, with yoga demonstrations, workshops, hoola hooping, as well as kirtan and reggae soul music.

“We really wanted to feature the beauty and nature of this region, and we thought that was the perfect location,” said Wilson.

“We’re extremely excited as this approaches. People are beginning to gather in Nelson for this first-time event. We hope to continue for many years.”

For more information visit kootenayspiritfestival.ca.

 

Just Posted

10 RDCK incumbents seek re-election

Most rural directors want another term

Slocan Valley added to communities on flooding evac alert

Kootenay Lake is expected to reach flooding level in Nelson by Friday

Police searching for Nelson man

Brent Mickelson hasn’t been heard from since February

UPDATED: Hwy 3 west of Creston remains closed due to mudslide

A detour is available on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, but commuters could see wait times

Local police recognized for work

Eight officers were honoured for removing impaired drivers

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Most Read