I taught at the Santa Fe Yoga Festival in New Mexico over Labor Day weekend, and man, was it a lovely, energizing, and inspirational experience! This was the first year of the festival, which was the birth child of Kurt and Pamela, and you could tell all the hard work and energy they put into this festival. They dreamed of a gathering of yogis and like minded individuals that was governed by LOVE and acceptance, and that’s exactly what they got!
I attended the festival with one of my dear friends from Aspen, Sea Marie, and we were so lucky to have 4 days together to hang out, do yoga, talk about you, and wonder about life. Sometimes you just need time with a soul sister doing what you both love! She also assisted two of my classes, so that was a treat to have her presence in the mix. Over the course of the 4 day festival I taught 3 classes, attended 9, and had the amazing opportunity to hear David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi give a lecture. All three of my classes were a blast, and I was super excited that my Sacred Dub Flow offering drew a lot of people since it was the first time I was teaching that format. And of course, meeting up with my friends Dru and Crisanto from Mental Physix is always a good time- I never get tired of collaborating with them at festivals and for classes!
Santa Fe is truly a special community in its own right, but when you add a group of world class instructors and curious yoga students into the mix, it is a recipe for magic. Both Sea and I walked away buzzing from all that we took in- we can’t wait to go back next year! It would be hard for me to share my favorite part, as I loved it all, but it was so amazing to get to take classes with teachers I have wanted to study with- Beryl Bender Birch, Tias Little, Mark Whitewell, Nicolai Bachman, Shawn Parell, Micheline Berry, and others. Plus, festivals have a unique quality of creating insta-friendships. You are all there for the same reason, and have traveled from all over to be in the same place at the same time. It was so cool to connect with people from all over, talk about where they teach, where they practice, and what they are all about.