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Presenters

Alicia Rambo | Introduction to the Katonah Practice: Magic in the Palm of Your Hand Class

Alicia Rambo, Easton Yoga, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
One is when you descend. Two is when you ascend. Three is when you traverse. Four is when you ascend. Five is when you mediate. Six is when you put your foot into it. Seven is when you’re rising. Eight is when you come around it. And nine is when you achieve it. And ten, you put it together.

In this 75 minute Intro we will play with practical magic of the magic square that is central to the Katonah Yoga Practice as a way of moving current and encouraging connectivity though the hands. The hands & wrists are the portal to the collar bones & neck as well as the heart & lungs. There will be individual and partnered work.

Easton Yoga owner, Alicia Rambo has been teaching Applied Embodiment for almost 18 years and blends the practical and the magical in her classes to help her students connect through the breath, body and the mind. Use fluidity and form Alicia is inspired to find continued joy through effort and ease of the practice.


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Alicia Rambo is the Owner & Creative Director of Easton Yoga. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Trainer, & Mentor, and she is a Certified Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coach. Having taught vinyasa and restorative yoga for almost 13 years, Alicia’s classes are educational and insightful, yet playful. Backed by her years of yoga practice and self-study, she embodies a peaceful and intuitive teaching style. Alicia's classes will refresh your soul and inspire you as she leads you through a varied flow of movement merged with intention, breath, alignment, strength, ease, flexibility, balance, and grace. She embraces qualities such as trust, self-love and care, creating a well-spring with which to develop a strong and life embracing practice on the yoga mat or out in the world. She has been inspired by Sean Johnson, Max Strom, Laughing Lotus Yoga, Ellen Pfeffer, Abbie Galvin & Melissa French (Katonah Yoga) Jivamukti Yoga, and Gaea Yoga.

EastonYoga.com

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J. Brown | Gentle is the New Advanced Class And Hosting Podcast: Mindfulness Matters

J. Brown teaches Gentle is the New Advanced at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster J. Brown is leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices. J’s offerings are at once both a revolution and a return to the ancient roots of yoga. His approach is largely inspired by the teachings of TKV Desikachar and is geared towards feeling well and lessening of pain.

This is J’s signature offering that he has given to thousands of students and teachers around the world. In this gentle approach, we are making the body strong and flexible — but we go about it in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. The sessions will consist of both a short lecture/discussion and a practice, It is suitable for any level of experience or physical ability.


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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation.

JBrownYoga.com

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Erica McHugh | Tristana: The Invisible Aspects of Ashtanga Yoga Class

Erica McHugh, Ashtanga, Emmaus Yoga, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Ashtanga Yoga integrates the concentrated awareness required to engage specific muscle groups, breathing techniques and eye movements. In Sanskrit, these are called Bandhas, Ujjayi Pranayama and Drishti. Collectively, they are known as Tristana, the internal, invisible aspects of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System. The sequence of postures is the visual, physical part of the practice that keeps the body busy, as well as strong and flexible. But this is not the most important part.

The elements of Tristana lead a practitioner to the next stage on the path: meditation or dhyana. Erica will demystify, dissect, discuss and demonstrate the techniques of Tristana. You will leave with a better understanding of how the invisible aspects of Ashtanga Yoga can help you to cultivate steadiness of mind and ease in your body and soul.


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Erica McHugh has been teaching yoga in the Lehigh Valley since 1998 and currently owns and operates Emmaus Yoga. She was drawn to Ashtanga after experimenting with other styles and classes for several years. She believes that we are always students, we should never stop learning and trying new things, and that any type of yoga is all part of that path. When taking an Ashtanga class with Erica, students can expect some fun changes worked into the traditional practice. One of the reasons she loves to teach yoga is to help others manage stress through the movements and breathing during practice and believes that this benefit of yoga can be carried into other parts of life.

Erica started teaching 40-hour teacher trainings in the mid 2000's which has evolved into the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered training that she currently offers through Emmaus Yoga

EmmausYoga.com

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Mark Moliterno | VocalVinyasa™ Class

Mark Moliterno, voice teacher, yoga teacher at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Your voice is your most deeply personal and natural communication tool for connecting to the world around you…and to yourself. This session will introduce the essential principles of YogaVoice® and lead you through the foundational VocalVinyasa™, a coordinated practice of yoga postures with vocal sounds.

You will explore how your voice, expressed in yoga postures, connects you to your seven major chakras and how these energetic centers are tuned for Self-awareness and wellness in communication. No musical ability or prior experience with singing or chanting is required for this centering, fun, and inspiring session. Come ready to move, listen, and uncover your voice!


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Mark Moliterno, MM, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP, POLY® is an accomplished professional opera singer, voice teacher, yoga teacher, IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, workshop leader, and author. He is known as a specialist in helping people understand and uncover their authentic voices. His extensive performing career has taken him to many countries in a variety of leading operatic roles and as a concert soloist and recitalist. Mark is the founder of YogaVoice®, a unique pedagogical program which combines several traditions of Yoga philosophy and practice with user-friendly voice techniques to develop authenticity and wellness in the art of personal communication. He presents YogaVoice® workshops at professional conferences and gatherings internationally.

Mark has published articles in YogaLiving Magazine, The Journal of Singing, is a co-author of The Musician’s Breath, and The Musician’s Being and is the author and featured instructor of The Musician’s Breath Yoga DVD. His work, especially related to overcoming performance anxiety, was featured in an article in the May 2014 Yoga Journal magazine, entitled, “How to be Fearless”. Mark Moliterno is an Priority Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ and maintains active voice and yoga therapy studios in New York City, Princeton, and eastern PA. Mr Moliterno is the recipient of the 2019 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness from the Duke University Voice Care Center.

TheYogaVoice.com

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Erica Taxin Bleznak | Fascia Release Yoga Class

Erica Taxin Bleznak, Fascia Freedom Yoga, Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
This workshop is perfect for yogis, athletes of all kinds, runners, teen athletes and any student interested in gaining more mobility and freedom in their body. Come enjoy a practice focused on utilizing various sized facia compression balls in combination with simple stretching and strengthening postures.

You have six times as many sensory neurons loaded in your fascia as in any other tissue of your body except for your skin, explains Jill Miller, a fitness expert and longtime fascia evangelist (she’s an experienced registered yoga teacher, has presented case studies at fascia research conferences and developed the Roll Model fascia therapy program). This internal webbing helps different muscle systems communicate with one another — they’re what make you want to get out of your office chair and stretch or roll your neck around. Ideally, your fasciae should be supple enough to slide, glide, twist and bind like long, thin sheets of rubber. When they’re not functioning properly, signals from the nerve endings are muffled or muted (so you don’t feel comfortable in your own body) or they’re interpreted by your brain as pain and discomfort.


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Erica Taxin Bleznak, MSW, CYT began practicing yoga in 1986 in the Asthanga Yoga tradition until she met her Primary Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll in 1992 and complete her yoga teacher training in the Pranakryia Yoga teaching tradition.

Erica coned-owned Jai Yoga Studio of the Mainline for 7 years until its closing and opened Main Line Yoga Shala in Narberth in 2016. Six years ago, she created a teaching curriculum for a Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program that allows students to utilize the wall as a prop for alignment and refinement, as well as a way to strengthen and deepen in the vinyasa practice. Erica travels frequently presenting at festivals and studios across the country, as well as hosts retreats internationally. Erica believes that if we can meet the practice with patience, curiosity and breath that the it will deliver us beyond the ways the mind has held us captive and reveal our inherent freedom.

EricaTaxinBleznak.com

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Bhante Dhammawansha | Overcoming Worries with Loving Kindness Meditation Class

Bhante Dhammawansha, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Are you finding that you have many things on your mind each day, and don’t know how to let go? Today’s typical life is fast paced with many distractions, and it is difficult to stay focused and stop worrying about the many things you have to accomplish daily. Bhante Dhammawansha, Buddhist Sri Lankan Monk, will lead a Dhamma talk about how to let go of your worries, and live peacefully, followed by a Loving Kindness meditation that is sure to calm your mind.

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Born in 1958 in the district of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Bhante Dhammawansha told his family, at a very young age, that he wished to become a monk. Bhante entered the monastery in Kandy and was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk at the age of 16. After ordination, Bhante continued his education at the Buddhist University where he received a B.A. degree in Buddhism, History, Ethics and the languages of Sanskrit and Pali (the language of the Buddha).

After doing missionary work in Scandinavia and Australia, Bhante traveled to the United States in 1996 for a personal retreat. While here he decided that he would stay in the US and continue the teachings of Buddha. Thus, the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society was formed in Clearwater, FL with the mission to make the 2600 year old teachings and meditation practices of the Buddha available to people on the west coast of Florida.

Bhante Dhammawansha conducts Buddhist counseling, engages in social and interfaith work and presents Dhamma talks to college and high school students, mental health professional as well as drug/alcohol rehab centers in Florida, other locations in the United States, and, around the world. In addition to regularly scheduled meditation practice and retreats, Bhante Dhammawansha is also conducts private counseling and discussion. His quiet, kindly nature makes him accessible to all and an inspiration to many.

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Ravi Hari Kaur | In the Zone: Accessing the Still Point Within Class

Ravi Hari Kaur, Janice Bourdage, Kundalini, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Imagine having a mind free from the clutter of repetitive thoughts and emotional turmoil. Imagine someone handing you the tools and technology to be able to cultivate, over time and with practice, a state of mind in which clarity, balance, and psychological flexibility become the norm, rather than the exception.

In this joyful, dynamic, all-levels class, we will be using the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation--postures (asanas), movement, breath (pranayama), and sound current (mantra)--to move into an experience of Shuniya, the Still Point.

In this state of Shuniya, the habitual fluctuations of the mind begin to calm, the endless narratives built out of the pain of the past and fear of future begin to drop away, and the MindBody is given the opportunity to relax and blossom into its natural state of awareness, flow, and creativity. Can you imagine such a thing? If you can, I invite you to join with me in co-creating today’s unique experience of Accessing the Still Point Within. Come, be welcomed! Prepare to move--and to be moved!


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JJanice (Ravi Hari) Bourdage, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, holistic psychotherapist, and 34-year veteran Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor. She considers herself fortunate to have studied directly with Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan, as well as other “first generation” KY teachers. Yogi Bhajan instructed his students to become ten times better than him as a teacher. This is Ravi Hari’s legacy and hope for her students--that they may go on to become teachers and humanitarian guides in their own right and set the bar ever higher in helping to make this world a better, kinder, and more compassionate place for all living beings. With her background as a writer, professional modern dancer and performance artist, mental health professional, and animal rights advocate, Ravi Hari brings to her classes an ecstatic appreciation of life in all its diversity, as well as a love of movement, rhythm, words, and the workings of the human mind.

JaniceBourdageCounseling.com

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Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla | Mindfulness through Ayurvedic Lenses: Body and Mind Connection Class

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Ayurveda & Yoga are considered sister sciences of India. These 5,000-year old systems of healing and wellness cultivate and restore the balance of mind-body-spirit.

The Ayurvedic approach to health is based on bringing the doshas (the biological energies – vata, pitta, and kapha) and gunas (the psychological energies – sattva, rajas, tamas) to a healthy balance by adopting proper lifestyle changes; daily and seasonal routines; diet according to your constitution and imbalances; incorporating specific yoga asanas, breathing, and meditation techniques according to your constitution; and Panchakarma therapies (natural detoxification and purification methods).

Though modern medicine has largely continued to treat the mind and body as two separate entities, an abundance of clinical and scientific studies has proven that mindfulness in both wellness and disease process fosters the harmony of overall health.


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Shekhar Annambhotla is an ayurvedic specialist who was trained in India and has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Ayurveda is not just a system of alternative medicine, but is actually a comprehensive and ancient science of health. It is Shekhar’s belief that due to the open nature of ayurveda and its timeless principles, it is a boon to those of us living in the modern, stressful world. Shekhar’s mission is to educate and help people live healthier lives with ayurveda. He began his eight-year course of study in ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India and then at Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat, India, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a certified pranic healer and a Reiki Healer.

Since 2002, Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) (www.aapna.org). Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA.

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Sheetal Contractor | Mindful Modern Practice of the Yamas & Niyamas Class

Sheetal Contractor, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
This will be an interactive participatory workshop. After an explanation of the 'yamas' and 'niyamas', everyone will receive a handout of questions that cause them to reflect on how each of these ancient principles can be mindfully practiced on a daily basis in their modern lives.

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Have been teaching yoga since 2001. I began by teaching group classes in a variety of environments and my work has evolved into yoga-based wellness coaching for individuals and in group programs. I have taught yoga classes and presented at the yoga festival in the past. I am a RYT-500 as well as a LMT.



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Satya Murthy | Heartfulness Meditation Class

Dr. Raja Abbas is a Panelist at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Heartfulness Meditation is a simple, practical technique that you can use alongside to any other form of yoga, meditation or spiritual practice. In a few minutes, you will learn how to truly relax and feel the lightness and joy of your true nature. You don’t need to know how to meditate or to believe in a system or philosophy. The Heartfulness technique shows us to gently turn our attention towards our heart and experience that inner presence for ourselves. This is your invitation to experience this unique practice.

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Satya learnt yoga at an early age from his parents in Mysore, India. Living in the USA, Satya reconnected with yoga 20 years ago when he got tired of the Gym routine and discovered Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. In 2009, as a complement to the very physical Ashtanga yoga, he started Heartfulness meditation practice. The meditation practice has helped him to simplify his life, overcome fears, develop acceptance and a sense of gratitude. In 2016, Satya became an authorized trainer in Heartfulness meditation and started the Clinton Heartfulness meditation meetup to share this simple but effective spiritual practice in the local area. Satya teaches meditation on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.

EN-US.Heartfulness.org

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Hilary Smith | Qigong Class

Hilary Smith is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing modality, which translated, means “cultivating the life force”. Through breath awareness, posture, mental focus and gentle movements, qi (energy) is increased and circulated throughout the body. This life force can then be directed for improving vitality, self -healing, and health enhancement. In this class we will practice old and new qigong techniques to cultivate qi, cleanse the organs, open the joints and bring the mind, body, and spirit into greater harmony. No previous experience is necessary, and the movements can be easily adapted if need be, so all participants can reap the full benefits.

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Hilary Smith, RN, began practicing the martial arts in 1989 during her career in nursing. She found the principles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong merge health benefits from eastern and western medicine to bring out the best of both worlds. As an expert instructor she encourages her students to find a gentle balance between the mind, the body and the spirit. Since 1994 Hilary has taught Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. She notes, “Watching the evolution of a student from beginner to accomplished tai chi practitioner is why I continue to teach.” The most current research in health and longevity shows the best outcomes are achieved when there is a balance between one’s mind, body and spirit. “Since tai chi affects all these areas, I can think of no better way to help serve the health of my community than to teach these arts.”

www.hilarysmithtaichi.com

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Denise Garcia Brady | Align to Flow Yoga Class (Levels 2 & 3)

Denise Garcia Brady, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Align to Flow Yoga (Levels 2 & 3) is a practice that will flow with alignment and breath. We will focus on spending time in poses to prepare the body to flow through the sequence with our breath.

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Denise Garcia Brady, E-RYT 500, owner and teacher of Creative Actions Yoga. Her journey began while learning to coexist with personal health issues. Yoga helped her to get back to a healthier life, inspiring her to become a yoga teacher. Denise has her 500 hour yoga certification, as well as personal training and group fitness certifications.

CreativeActionsYoga.com

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Dr. Donna Mueller | Yoga for Sports Recovery and Concussion Class

Dr. Donna Mueller is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Come and learn approaches to reduce the chance of symptom relapse after a sports injury using yoga therapy techniques. I will instruct on some of the most common sports related problems and strategies for recovery.

Interactive presentation: bring a mat and experience modifications to help you get back (and stay) on track and SAFE following a set-back. Highlighted injury-states will include common overuse injuries with a special focus on return to activity after Mild TBI/concussion. Learn to enhance performance and how you can turn weakness into a strength using yoga!

A flow practice beginning with basic asana with modifications using simple pranayama. Sequence builds to prepare one for the 6th & 7th (Dharana & Dhyana) limbs of the yogic practice. Class ends with relaxation utilizing a special emphasis on Sahasrara Chakra for concussion recovery.


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Donna M. Mueller, DO, MS, C-IAYT, RYT-500, and an AOA board-certified Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (O-NMM) physician, who offers Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) with a focus on therapies such as yoga and patient education to maintain those treatments. Dr. Mueller is pleased to be able to offer her patients a broad perspective in approaching their care. She currently practices part-time at the Bethlehem Emrick Blvd. office of the Orthopedic Associates of Allentown. She provides hands-on adjustments, including osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine (OCMM), to re-align the body for those with pain. In addition to completion of her specialty residency, she also holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Over the last 20 years Dr. Mueller has worked in healthcare using yoga. While working as a therapist in cardiac rehab, Dr. Mueller began teaching yoga in the late 1990’s. Her classes catered to patients with breast cancer at Fox Chase’s Complete Care and cardiopulmonary disease at Mercy Haverford. She later started a yoga program at the Cleveland Clinic Florida to serve both patients and employees alike. Her intention to fuse yoga and medicine eventually led her to be accepted into an osteopathic medical training program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2003 to study hands-on adjustments.

Dr. Mueller has been an osteopathic physician since 2007, she completed a dually accredited rotating internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in 2008 and the specialty training in O-NMM in Philadelphia in 2016. Dr. Mueller was one of the earliest persons certified as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through the Yoga Alliance and is now certified as an RYT-500, as well as being a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She has a special interest in using yoga therapy for concussion patients, particularly geared towards helping a pediatric population overcome the effects of head trauma.

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Devanshi Joshi | Bollywood Dancing Class

Devanshi Joshi is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
In the Bollywood dancing session you be led by Devanshi through a sequence of iconic Bollywood moves to the contemporary music from India. Expect to move and have fun.

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Devanshi Joshi is a Bollywood dancer, teacher & choreographer with experience in all aspects of this popular dance genre. specializing in Bollywood dancing. Devanshi has made a career out of teaching her art to others. Devanshi has been with Vedanta dance academy since 4 yrs. Bollywood dancing involves a lot hand movement & hip shaking. There are traditional styles and more contemporary styles that incorporate hip hop, middle eastern & other styles of dance moves. As Bollywood songs become more contemporary, so do the moves.

In the Bollywood dancing session you be led by Devanshi through a sequence of iconic Bollywood moves to the contemporary music from India. Expect to move and have fun.

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Heather Browne | A Skeptic’s View on Energy Healing Class

Heather Browne is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
An Energy ‘PRIMER,’ bridging Western wellness and ancient eras, a former skeptic will share her journey from disability to health and wellness. Especially valuable for those that feel a growing resonance with energy health and wellness.

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Heather served as a public policy advocate and marketer, until faced with permanent disability resulting from long-term, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. After decades of physical, mental, and emotional pain which ultimately manifested in the form of Fibromyalgia, Heather has more than discovered her individual wellness in Complementing therapies; she has partnered with our Creator in creating it... Having been Called to shepherd others in discovering their personal Wellness Ministry, Heather now serves the community as an Inter-Faith Minister and wellness coach. A partner to fellow seekers who are exploring deeper resonance within themselves, she is a teacher of Wellness Ministry tools and services. Heather serves as a bridge, sharing common sense context to the deeply personal quest for mind, body and spiritual health and healing. Drawn to Shamanism though equally at peace in her busy modern world, Heather has discovered comfort and health in the balance found between extremes. It is, in fact, a hallmark of her work.

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Catherine Campanaro & Jo "Bomba" Sieger | Drumming Class

Catherine Campanaro is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Drumming is an embodiment of prayer inviting us to listen deeply to the heartbeat of God. Joyful and uplifting, we discover our own rhythms and connect to the rhythms of others.

Bio:
Catherine Campanaro is a graduate of Moravian College, De Sales University and Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development. She is on the planning committee for Spiritual Directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley. She practices Spiritual Direction; working out of her home. Her practice focuses on Dream Work and 12 Step Spirituality. Catherine has a deep enthusiasm for creating Sacred Space, Drumming, Dancing, the 12 Steps, Dream Work and Contemplation. She is a student of Moe Jerant and received her drum circle facilitation training from Jim Donovan.


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Jo Bomba Sieger is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

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Jo “Bomba” Sieger has been member of the Lehigh Valley Drum Circle (led by Moe Jerant) since 2007 playing Djembe, Djuns and percussion. LHVDC have played Musikfest, Mayfair, Steelstacks and other events over the years. Jo is founder and leader of the Dharma Drummers and Dancers supporting events with Teach Rwanda, Unity of Lehigh Valley (member since 2000) and other local spiritual and educational events. I am a Drum Circle Facilitator (Jim Donovan Facilitation certified) for a monthly drum circle at Café the Lodge Drum (Bethlehem) and guest drum circle facilitator for various events in the Lehigh Valley. Since 2015, I have been a member of Reading Samba School (Brazilian drumming/percussion)





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Carrie Morgan & Dr. Chloe Costigan | "Crow Pose" Yoga Class

Carrie Morgan & Dr. Chloe Costigan is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Crow Pose! Can you visualize what is happening at each joint? Can you verbalize it? Do you have the body awareness and knowledge to design a path to get there? WE DO!

PrePose Method, created by Dr Chloe Costigan (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Carrie Morgan (ERYT 1000, YACEP), is a method that combines physical therapy and yoga to improve movement and mindfulness by answering 3 questions: what, why, and how. What do you need to focus on, why it matters, and how can you improve it.

We’ll breakdown what’s going on in your shoulders, hips, and core by looking at the flexibility and strength needed to safely and effectively bring you into liftoff. You will leave with progressive exercises for strength and flexibility to practice at home! This is a “learning” and “doing” class and is open to all levels.


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Dr. Chloe Costigan has her doctorate in physical therapy. She practices at Mobility Doc in Bethlehem, PA with her husband, John Giacalone, and her father in law, John Giacalone. She enjoys yoga, running, hiking, and cooking. She combined her love of yoga and physical therapy to co-create the PrePose Method with her partner, Carrie Morgan. PrePose Method is located in Bethlehem and co-habitates with Mobility Doc, where they regularly hold classes, workshops, and series..

Carrie Morgan (E-RYT 1000, YACEP) has been teaching yoga for over 14 years.She is the co-creator of PrePose Method with her partner, Dr. Chloe Costigan. PrePose Method blends physical therapy and yoga to help students build strength, flexibility and awareness in the body and mind. Carrie hopes to offer her students the opportunity to find joy in their practice by combining the beauty of an ever changing vinyasa flow with the powers of alignment and breath awareness. Carrie teaches public yoga classes at The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem and PrePose Method classes at Mobility Doc.

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Charles Feenstra & Chad Brown | Enjoy Life Kirtan Musical Gathering

Charles Feenstra & Chad Brown is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Kirtan is a style of music that owes its origins to India and is tied with Bhakti Yoga or the “yoga of devotion.” Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. It is also a sing along, where people usually participate in a call and response of a Mantra. As you sing with each other, you experience a deep connection with the musicians and other audience members and yourself.

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Charles Feenstra and Chad Brown are the primary musicians for “Enjoy Life Kirtan”, a Kirtan collective based around Berks and the Lehigh Valley. They both draw from a wide variety of genre and instrumentation to accompany the chants in ways that are pleasing to the ear, familiar to the soul, and flow with the energy and spirit of the moment.

To them what’s most important is holding the space to allow the chanters to experience within themselves bhakti, the essence of the devotion, and do this in part by inspiring and directing co-creation with the chanters, improvising melodies and vocals, and teaching simple percussion.

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Jason Sizemore | Vegan Cooking Class with Jason

Jason Sizemore is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Vegan Cooking with Jason’s mission is to Inspire you to tap into your own creativity to raise the wellness of your body, mind & spirit...& to have a fun time while enjoying some tasty food! Our classes are not just for vegans....we are a blend of all kinds of people, as life should be! Vegan, vegan-curious, or just plain hungry, come join us! LEARN. EAT. LAUGH.

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Jason Sizemore is the Principal of Muhlenberg Elementary School. In Jason’s own words: “My path to Muhlenberg has provided me with a variety of meaningful experiences. I have been committed to the Allentown School District as a teacher and leader for the past 13 years. Prior to Allentown, I enjoyed teaching near Harrisburg, PA and throughout the five boroughs of New York City. I believe in your children and am proud to play an important role in their education”.

Besides being a committed teacher, administrator, Jason is also a yoga and mindfulness practitioner and a big advocate for bringing these practices to schools.

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Sarah Dennehy | Family Yoga Class

Jason Sizemore is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Join us for Family Yoga -- designed for kids and parents to enjoy together! This class includes individual and partner poses, games, music, mindfulness activities, and relaxation. Have fun spending time together as a family (and getting a little silly!) while sharing the health benefits and well-being that yoga offers. No experience necessary!

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Sarah Dennehy, M.Ed, is a Licensed Behavioral Specialist, certified Yoga teacher, and Reiki practitioner. She offers children’s yoga and mindfulness classes (groups, special needs, and private), 1:1 consulting for parents/caregivers of individuals with special needs, and Self-Care and Mindfulness Workshops. Sarah currently teaches mindfulness and yoga in area schools with Shanthi Project and Pratyush Sinha Foundation. Please visit The Mindful Space at createamindfulspace.com for more info and an updated class schedule.

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Beth Wernham & Carol Cannon | Restorative Yoga with Singing Bowl Sound Healing Class

Jason Sizemore is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Restorative Yoga is a wonderful practice that is focuses on slowing down and allowing passive stretching to relax the muscles of the body. A mellow practice that uses props to support the body entirely, only a few poses are offered in the time period of a class. This practice is an excellent antidote to stress. Restorative yoga will be accompanied with healing sounds of the Himalayan Singing Bowls played by Carol Cannon. which will take you to a deep, beautiful place. The world around you and the thoughts inside you will disappear as you allow the sound to ripple through your consciousness in supported poses.

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Bio:
Beth Wernham, MSW, E-RYT-500 is Kripalu trained yoga instructor who has taught yoga classes for over 11 years. She is both certified as LifeForce Yoga Instructor to Manage Moods and as a Chair Yoga Instructor. She teaches at West End Yoga in Allentown.

Her awareness on the effects of stress on the mind, body, and spirit drives her to create classes that promote relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.

Jason Sizemore is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Carol Cannon has combined Feng Shui, Healthy Building Biology and sound in her consulting practice for the past 25 years. She is certified as a Feng Shui Practitioner, a Building Biology Environmental Consultant and a Master Level Himalayan Singing Bowl Practitioner. Carol has long bridged the gap between mainstream and esoteric worlds.

She is a native Pennsylvanian that has returned from her world travels to her roots. Carol’s passion is to help people discover how the physical and non-physical worlds impact their health, serenity and success.

CarolCannonGroup.com



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Katrina Pelekanakis | Iyengar Yoga Class



Katrina Pelekanakis, will be at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
All levels of students are welcome!



Bio:
Katrina is a devoted student of Iyengar Yoga for over a decade, as well as a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Her love for science and art has found a home in her studies of Iyengar Yoga. Her passion is sharing the beauty and compassion she has found in Iyengar Yoga. Katrina teaches at Iyengar Yoga at Sky Yoga, an Iyengar Yoga Studio she opened in Allentown in 2013.

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J Brown’s Podcast: Mindfulness Matters Panelist

Host: J. Brown

J. Brown teaches Gentle is the New Advanced at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Bio:
J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation.

JBrownYoga.com

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Panelist: Dr. Donna Mueller

Dr. Donna Mueller is a Panelist on the J Brown’s Podcast at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Bio:
Donna M. Mueller, DO, MS, C-IAYT, RYT-500, and an AOA board-certified Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (O-NMM) physician, who offers Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) with a focus on therapies such as yoga and patient education to maintain those treatments. Dr. Mueller is pleased to be able to offer her patients a broad perspective in approaching their care. She currently practices part-time at the Bethlehem Emrick Blvd. office of the Orthopedic Associates of Allentown. She provides hands-on adjustments, including osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine (OCMM), to re-align the body for those with pain. In addition to completion of her specialty residency, she also holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Over the last 20 years Dr. Mueller has worked in healthcare using yoga. While working as a therapist in cardiac rehab, Dr. Mueller began teaching yoga in the late 1990’s. Her classes catered to patients with breast cancer at Fox Chase’s Complete Care and cardiopulmonary disease at Mercy Haverford. She later started a yoga program at the Cleveland Clinic Florida to serve both patients and employees alike. Her intention to fuse yoga and medicine eventually led her to be accepted into an osteopathic medical training program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2003 to study hands-on adjustments.

Dr. Mueller has been an osteopathic physician since 2007, she completed a dually accredited rotating internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in 2008 and the specialty training in O-NMM in Philadelphia in 2016. Dr. Mueller was one of the earliest persons certified as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through the Yoga Alliance and is now certified as an RYT-500, as well as being a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She has a special interest in using yoga therapy for concussion patients, particularly geared towards helping a pediatric population overcome the effects of head trauma.

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Panelist: Harrison Bailey III

Harrison Bailey is a Panelist on the J Brown’s Podcast at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Bio:
My name is Harrison Bailey III. I am a 46 year old African American man, living in Williams Township, Pennsylvania. I am a husband and father of 3 children. I graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Anthropology and Sociology. I went on to Lehigh University and received my Masters Of Education with a certification in Special Education. I continued my coursework at Lehigh and obtained my Administrative certification.

Over the past 24 years, I have worked with students as a teaching assistant, classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. During the past 7 years, I have served as the principal of Liberty High School. Although I never had the intention of working in formal education, I know that I have found my passion and purpose. Two years ago, I decided to pursue my Ed.D in the Education Leadership program, at East Stroudsburg University. I believe that the performance of the principal in a school is one of the key factors to student success. Unfortunately, American schools have significant numbers of students that are not successful. As a result, I must continuously improve my leadership, knowledge, and management skills.

While I truly believe that my doctoral program will significantly improve my research knowledge and make me a more effective leader, I have a much deeper motivation. I want all students and especially male students of color to see that it is attainable. They need to see people that look like them fighting through adversity to fulfill personal passions and gain the respect of their community. This is critical.

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Panelist: Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander is a Panelist on the J Brown’s Podcast at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Bio:
Anne Alexander is a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader driven by a passion for empowering people – and businesses -- to realize their full potential. A two-time New York Times best-selling author, brand-builder, and turn-around specialist with an international record of results. Anne served as SVP/Editorial Director at both Rodale and National Geographic, where she helped to reinvigorate the Prevention brand and editorial team, tripling web traffic in a year and launching a multimillion dollar series of new franchises.

At National Geographic, she created and launched National Geographic History (now launching internationally) and led the book division in developing more than thirty book titles, including a New York Times bestseller. Previously, Anne served as Creative Director for the international media company Edipresse based in Warsaw, Poland, launching new magazines and websites in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Prior to that, she lived in London where she served as VP/Editorial Director for AOL, CompuServe and Netscape in the UK delivering over a 500 million page impressions a month.

Anne is a passionate yogi and meditator with 17 years of practice. She just completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training and enjoys spending time with her three teenage children on their 10-acre farm in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

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Panelist: Dr. Shekhar

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic, is a Panelist on the J Brown’s Podcast at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Bio:
Shekhar Annambhotla is an ayurvedic specialist who was trained in India and has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Ayurveda is not just a system of alternative medicine, but is actually a comprehensive and ancient science of health. It is Shekhar’s belief that due to the open nature of ayurveda and its timeless principles, it is a boon to those of us living in the modern, stressful world. Shekhar’s mission is to educate and help people live healthier lives with ayurveda.

He began his eight-year course of study in ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India and then at Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat, India, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a certified pranic healer and a Reiki Healer.

Since 2002, Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) (www.aapna.org). Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA.

Ojas.us

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Panelist: Charles Curtis


Charles Curtis, is a Panelist on the J Brown’s Podcast at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Bio:
Charles Curtis, BCH is Board Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), in private practice as a Consulting Hypnotist in the Lehigh Valley PA and Reading PA areas, for adults experiencing normal problems of living, and those experiencing medical or mental health issues referred by healthcare professionals. He helps with eating habits, smoking-cessation, and emotional stress of all kinds, and specializes in helping those with medical issues reduce pain, discomfort, and emotional distress.

His passion is for teaching mindfulness meditation to clients and classes for increased wellness and peace of mind, to help them achieve results similar to those described in Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-BasedCognitive-Therapy (MBCT) programs. He is an award-winning hypnotist on the continuing education faculty of NGH who has been teaching stress management to clients and classes since 1983.

He is a Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic-Programming for the National Federation of NLP (www.nfnlp.com). He has been a life-long practitioner of various forms of meditation, especially mindfulness meditation and has taught mindfulness at Continuing Education Conferences. For the last 10 years he has been teaching a 48-week 120 hour certification course in Stress Management Consulting, Direct Suggestion and Ericksonian Hypnotism, NLP, and Mindfulness Meditation.

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