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Getting to Know Jessica Jollie…

Jessica Jollie was raised on a sweet little farm in the southeast and has been practicing and studying yoga for 20 years. A snowboarding accident in Northern Tahoe left her with a bulging disc in her lumbar spine and fractured bones in her arm. the event turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she learned how to heal her back with the therapeutic powers of yoga. she has been a teacher for 15 years and her Masters degree in Counseling additionally influences her classes to be introspective physically, psychologically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. She teaches Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and she is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Her teaching style is often described as patient, knowledgeable, and kind, with a childlike sense of humor. She has created and directed two studios in the south and cherishes her Yoga community in Chattanooga, Tennessee at Yoga Landing. She is the creator/director of Yoga Landings 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training and embraces opportunities to travel and teach as much as possible! Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Jessica here to find out what we can expect for Jessica’s return to Eagle YogaFest this year!   JC: How is it teaching yoga in Chattanooga? What is your favorite thing about your community there? JJ: Teaching in Chattanooga is dear to my heart. My classes are often attended by students that I have been growing with for years and I love walking into a room of familiar faces where a foundation of trust has already been laid. As a community we genuinely welcome new students to practice with us as well. I encourage my students to create a warm, safe and inclusive environment JC: Like [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting to Know Carson Efrid…

  Carson Efird, MFA, E-RYT 500, is a dancing yogini from South Carolina living between Raleigh, NC and Los Angeles, CA. An enthusiastic student and teacher of Prana Flow, Carson is inspired by evolutionary Vinyasa, contemporary dance techniques, Tantra, Ayurveda and her teacher, Shiva Rea, creatress of Prana Vinyasa. Since completing her 300-hour Prana Flow certification in 2008, she joyfully serves as an assistant and mentor in Shiva’s Samudra: Global School for Living Yoga. Carson directs affiliate Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training programs for EVOLVE Movement in Raleigh, NC, and, UCLA Summer Institutes in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA in Dance in 2013 from UCLA where she taught yoga in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Carson is stoked to return to EVOLVE, her hOMe base, as Yoga Program Director.   Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Carson back in Raleigh last month over avocado and pea toast on Bolted Bread to talk over some of the big questions in life like…..   JC: What is your favorite snack?   CE: Avocado and pea toast on bolted bread! I’m not really a snacker honestly I love eating big, hearty meals.   JC: What is your favorite yoga pose?   CE: Oh lord…I really love the process of moving through asanas, when I’m in my practice by myself or in my groove in a class I don’t feel like it’s about any one asana but the movement between the asanas. But thinking about my victory of healing my broken foot, Vashistasana is a pose that I will rock out any chance I get, because it has all components to me, it’s grounding because your hand is on the earth and [...]

Chai Break with Corina Benner

Corina Benner is a long time, devoted student and teacher of yoga based in Philadelphia, where she founded Wake Up Yoga in 2002 following a stint working on Wall Street. Wake Up Yoga continues to thrive as a vibrant community today, and Corina has earned the distinction of being a renowned Yin Yoga teacher in addition to teaching Vinyasa which she has studied under some of today’s most influential teachers. Our own Creative Manager Julia Clarke met Corina at a Yin Yoga training in Virginia Beach in 2014 and we were thrilled to welcome her to last’s year’s Eagle Yoga Fest. Her classes were so well-received we can’t wait to have her back this year. Julia was teaching at Wake Up Yoga recently and took a few minutes to sit down and get to know Corina a bit better:   JC: If you could only take one sutra from the Yoga Sutras with you to a desert island, which one would you take?   CB: The 36th sutra in the first chapter, vishoka va jyotishmati or ‘to calm the mind, contemplate the effulgent sorrowless light that is already within,’ contemplate the light that is already within you.   JC: I knew you would have an answer!   CB: There are so many to choose from but that one is probably my absolute favorite.   JC: If you only have five minutes to practice yoga, what to do you do?   CB: Heart Bench! Oh my gosh heart bench.   JC: What’s your favorite food?   CB: Brown rice. Raspberries.Yeah, I love grains, greens and legumes. And I like the one pot meal. So whether it’s a stew, a soup, a salad, or a stiry fry, [...]

Meet Jeremy Wolf…

  Meet Jeremy Wolf! Since childhood, Jeremy Wolf has pursued the growth and development of both mind and body in what started with a deep interest in the martial arts. After reaching a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, he went on to teach as an assistant and many years later found Capoeira where he trained and taught with the American Capoeira Association in Boulder/Denver, Colorado. His yoga and meditation classes seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga illuminating the transcendental element of yoga’s deeply spiritual origin. His time off the mat is usually spent immersed in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains or in his musical passions of djing/producing ethnic-electronic music and the exploration of trance-dance as a method for healing, expression, and self-realization.   Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Jeremy recently. Read on to get to know him better...   JC: You have a long history with martial arts. Do you feel those practices have shaped how you teach and practice yoga?   JW: Most definitely, although not so much in the way people might expect.  Since I have a history with capoeira, I think some people come to my classes expecting more acrobatic and complicated poses.  While I do very much enjoy and always include some more advanced postures, they're not what shape my intention in designing a class or how I practice personally.  Martial arts taught me a lot about mental focus and stability as well as discipline.  I feel that those principles are what most come through in my yoga teaching and practice which tend to have an orientation toward "mental posture" as much as physical posture.   JC: In a time when yoga is increasingly [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Love Your Self (First) by: R.R. Shakti

[via Elephant Journal February 2011] Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others. Lately, I’ve been spending a ton of time in airplanes: to California for school, to Nebraska for Inner Power Yoga Teacher Training, to Africa for Yoga World Reach. Admittedly, I have become one of those passengers who (at the risk of seeming rude or reckless) barely lifts an eye toward the safety instructions at the onset of each flight. There is, however, one bit of the pre-flight demonstration that catches my attention every time. I guess you could call it my favorite part: “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your head. Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.” This phrase strikes an unexpected chord on my heart strings as a sweet gesture of LOVE. Love can be found in the smallest gestures. Love is an action word, after all, a way of BEing. But it is also so much more. I submit, that Love is our True Nature. We allow ourselves to be and experience this Love through our choices and actions. And yet, it is also there, waiting in the stillness, when we quiet our minds and take a breath. This airline safety instruction reminds me: if I cannot Love my Self first (in that quiet place within), my Love for others has no ground for stability or sustainability. And even the grandest gestures of Love lose their potency. It is easy to get caught up in it—the soaring heights of Loving others and gaining their Love in return. It feels exhilirating. I delight in the AMAZING lift from affirmations on how I spread the Love everyday; [...]

Open hearts, open community – visit Eagle YogaFest!

At Eagle YogaFest, strangers become your friends. Spirits and hearts beat together as one. The fall season is certainly a sight to behold in the Rocky Mountains. In Eagle, Colorado, the vibrant colors kiss the hillsides with hues of red, yellow and orange, exuding a unique warm glow throughout the town of Eagle. Aside from the breathtaking views, Eagle offers locals and travelers alike a sanctuary for people to grow as individuals and as a community. At Eagle YogaFest, handshakes are replaced with hugs, office chairs replaced with yoga mats, and a business agenda replaced with downward dog. Simply put, the environment of Eagle YogaFest is the exact opposite of the workplace, and Eagle provides a haven to escape into a weekend that is truly dedicated to you. Let the strength of your breath combine with the spirits of others and let the flow of your practice become synchronized with your neighbors as you become bonded to the people surrounding you, a bond that is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Embrace the support from the community behind you and navigate through challenging poses. Because, they are just as determined as you to see the end result. Visit Eagle for the beautiful fall colors and jagged mountain peaks, but stay for the community that welcomes you with open arms and hearts, ready with a space made just for you. Welcome home. -Kelly Cassidy

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments