Circle Yoga Shala Yoga Retreat Center

4TH ANNUAL OZARK MOUNTAIN YOGA FESTIVAL ~ June 10-11, 2017

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Celebrating the incredible beauty and energy of the Ozark mountain region's natural landscape and diverse yoga teachers. The Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival is a unique grassroots festival held at the picturesque, organic, self-sustaining Circle Yoga Shala representing the deepest values of compassion and union with nature. Local musicians, craftspeople and participants of every kind are welcomed to contribute to the success of this family friendly, dynamic celebration and one of a kind event. Plan for some extra time before the event or afterwords to canoe the pristine Buffalo National River, camp, climb or hike in the beautiful Ozark National Forest and explore the charming towns a villages throughout this part of the "Natural State".

Presentations, discussions and classes with experienced teachers from all across the greater Ozarks will be presented in three separate unique venues in a large centralized area on the main grounds of the Circle Yoga Shala. Diverse yoga lineages and teaching styles coming together as one to share collaborative, down to earth learning at the highest level. This unique, family friendly event  is NOT a loud, carnival or party type of festival and is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drama-free, natural environment. You are also encouraged to bring anything you may need to keep yourself comfortable such as umbrellas, coolers with snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, blankets and anything else you may need.  But sorry, no pets, the Shala is an actual working organic farm as well as a residential yoga training facility.

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Bill Lynch

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. 

Holly Krepps

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.

Matthew Krepps

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.

Leah Morgan

Leah Morgan

Leah Morgan began her yoga journey as a student many years ago out of a curiosity. Wondering what all the fuss was about, she rolled out a leah head sho tmat at a local health club and gave it a shot. With that first class she started down a path of yoga that ultimately led to Leah becoming a 500-hour+ trained yoga teacher. She is now a teacher of teachers! Studying inspiring yoga leaders such as Max Strom, Sadie Nardini, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Andrey Lappa, Leslie Kaminoff, James Miller, Matthew Taylor and Doug Swenson, Leah has honed her unique style, which is a fusion of breathing, alignment, honoring your body, living in the moment and having fun. In addition to her yoga teaching certifications, Leah is owner of two Core Balance yoga studios and  co-creator of the Kansas City Yoga Festival and the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training program..

Rod Buckner

KC Yoga Twins

Emily Larson & Georgia Rookstool, the "KC Yoga Twins" teach at Good Life Yoga and Tea in Downtown Lee's Summit, MO. "Our partner yoga journey began at a Kansas City yoga festival when a local yogi offered to fly each of us while coaching us into basic flying positions. Soon after the festival, our new friend, Tim Glover graciously offered to teach us everything he knew about partner yoga, including the powerful effect it had on his own life. And as they say, the rest is history. We fell in love with this art form; we had a newfound appreciation for yoga in general and a brand new partnership through this practice that continues to grow to this day. Our goal as partner yoga instructors is to guide our students deeper into connection with each other, their own yoga practice, and most importantly themselves. We continue to do this with honor and respect as we have learned from our teacher."

Cheryl Hemmert

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".

Wes Pilcher

Wes Pilcher

Wes Pilcher has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 6. 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.

Abbe Ehlers

Abbe Ehlers

Abbe Ehlers, RYT-500 has been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years and teaching yoga since 2004. She continues to keep her practice and teaching fresh through self-study and continuing yoga education with master teachers, predominately Aadil Palkhivala and others including; Judith Hanson Lasater, Julie Gudmested, Suzetter Schultz, Shiva Rae.  "My chosen style of yoga I call "Yoga from the Heart." I love sharing the gift of yoga. My goal is to create classes which allow students to gain balance, flexibility and strength in a safe environment. I have a deep interest in kinesiology and anatomy and strive to provide classes appropriate for most bodies. My sequencing and alignment based asana continues to develop and I have deep gratitude to my teachers and my students who share this journey with me. May we all find ourselves with a more open heart to carry into the world."

Dustin Turner Yoga Studio 72

Dustin Turner

Dustin Turner, founder of Yoga Studio 72 started studying yoga in 2003 and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition of hatha yoga 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.

Alexandria Jayne Mero Yoga Deza

Alexandria Jayne Pulfer

Her intuitive classes unite subtle physical and emotional energies in the body, while her caring and intelligent teaching style makes yoga relatable for students of all levels. Her natural love for life allows her to speak from the heart and inspire. Alexandria owns and runs Yoga Deza of Fayetteville and Bentonville, AR and continues to work closely with her teachers, Annie Carpenter and Baron Baptiste, leading and assisting trainings around the world. 

Diana Luca Grand Basin Yoga Forest Park, St. Louis

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.

Stacey Reynolds

Stacey's journey into yoga came from her own serious health issues and a life long battle with depression and anxiety. She discovered rather quickly the healing power of yoga as her own body, mind and spirit began to heal. Stacey began teaching in 2001. She has a sincere and genuine style and works with everyone from children to senior adults and specializes with those dealing with depression, anxiety and trauma. She also has a fun, light hearted spirit and loves to leave her students with a belly laugh. Stacey is the owner of Blue Yoga Nyla in North Little Rock and is an ERYT 500 and a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTIONS

Saturday, June 10th

8:00 – 10:00

YOGA BARN

Bill Lynch

Prana and Apana in Practice: In the process of breathing, we absorb Prana energy from our natural environment and once the body assimilates the energies, they are eliminated through Apana. Together we will grow increasingly aware of the two fundamental patterns of Prana and Apana and how they are united distinctly with alignment and integrated movement. In this all-levels Vinyasa Flow class we learn to recognize and balance these two vital energies: Prana and Apana and how to utilize this knowledge as a complimentary part of our yoga practice and every day lives.

YOGA TENT

Wes Pilcher

Warrior Arka (Body): A vinyasa style flow to awaken your inner warrior. This workshop will begin with a nice warm-up sequence for the hips and shoulders and then move on to a detailed breakdown of the warrior postures. Both the common warrior stances that are typically seen in classes, as well as, some more unique warrior postures that you might not be familiar with will be covered. There will be a great amount of detail paid towards proper alignment, the structure of the warrior stances, and breath in relation to movement. This is a power packed flow to help you tap into your inner strength and approach the warrior postures in a fun, creative way.

YOGA PAVILLION

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.

10:30 – 12:30

YOGA BARN

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Stacey Reynolds

Emotional Journey through the Chaktras. Our story, our past, our pain, our wounds, lead us where we stand today. We will journey through the past, uncovering and allowing space for acceptance and growth. Through this process we will be able to identify how our pain and past dwell in the physical body as manifestations of anxiety, depression and disease. By shedding light on these areas, we free ourselves to replace pain with joy, loss with love and illness with healing. Strong beginner to advanced, asana and lecture

YOGA TENT

KC Yoga Twins

Partner Yoga: Join us to advance your yoga practice and most importantly your overall connection. Partner yoga enhances community by bringing you closer to one another, literally in touch and in sync; it enhances your connection with breath, self and your own practice. This all-encompassing yoga partnership will allow you to find depths in stretches you cannot reach alone. It will allow you to literally reach heights you could never reach by yourself. And it will allow you to discover a strength within you might never find otherwise. Come grow, groove, and create greatness through partner yoga..

YOGA PAVILLION

Holly Krepps

Yoga: harnessing the 5 elements via the 5 techniques.: From yoga, to the Ayurveda of both India and Tibet, to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the great thread that unites the ancient spiritual and medical systems of the world is the theory that nature is a moving tapestry of 5 elemental forces, commonly known as earth, air, fire, water, and space. This theory is expressed in modern posture practices that are composed of the five fundamental techniques of Asana (earth), Vinyasa (water), Bandha (fire), Pranayama (air), and Drushti (space). When each of the techniques is understood and proportionally embodied in action, sadhana becomes a ceremonial offering of the elemental forces into the transformational fire of awareness and devotion, resulting in a self-renewing harmony between the individual and the cosmos.

1:15 – 3:15

YOGA BARN

Leah Morgan

Love-Love: Tennis Balls & Yoga-Free your Fascia!With the use of tennis balls for trigger point release, you will be guided through a journey to open up the body, then move through a brief all levels yoga in order to fully appreciate this new found freedom! ZERO yoga experience needed and this a GREAT workshop for athletes of all ages, plus anyone who has tension anywhere in the body. Bringing tennis balls would be great (you should always travel with them anyway!) but some will be provided if you do not have a set.

YOGA TENT

Dustin Turner

Over Done and Under Taught - With over twelve hundred basic poses and over a million variations, it is easy to gloss over something as we excitedly explore all that the tradition has to offer us. But after our first months, we learn that each pose has deep work and alignment built into it that it can change our whole perception of the practice. In this class, we will look at “common” poses that, if we slow down and get into the subtle workings of, we will find vast amounts of yoga to explore as we shape the self.

YOGA PAVILLION

Alexandria Pulfer

Eleven Moon Centers: Kundalini Women's Circle w/Alexandria Pulfer, All spirits welcome to this celebration of the feminine creative power, exploring the Eleven Moon Centers as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The Eleven Moon Centers are a Vedic tradition for women to study their own unique energy centers of the body. Each center promotes the many diverse experiences of life. Used for personal reflection and a greater connection to the divine, when a woman understands her own Moon map she is able to experience greater power of her human experience through more grounded emotions and understandings of the world around her. Bring a journal and pen and prepare for chanting, kriyas and group work.

3:45 – 5:45

YOGA BARN

Abbe Ehlers

“Get by with a little help from your friends!” Props and partners can: help us access poses, correct imbalances and allow us to move deeper with ease. Come explore ways to open to the support of blankets, blocks, straps and fellow yogis. Some props will be available but please: bring ‘em if you’ve got them. Ideally, everyone would have 2 blocks, a strap, X2 blankets and even a bolster.

YOGA TENT

Matthew Krepps

Yoga as Samadhi : As the topic of the class deals with subtlety, the practice for the session will focus on the details of Jalandhara Bandha and its application in both posture practice and pranayama. As such you will learn simple actions that guide the placement of the neck and head, the soft palette, and the tongue. This instruction has practical consequences for not only the way the head is carried throughout the day, it also weakens the covering over the "inner light" that begins to arise from our depths in meditation and pranayama when attention and devotion matures.

Saturday 6:00 – 8:00

YOGA PAVILLION

Cheryl Hemmert

Sound Healing Concert

Take a sound journey with Cheryl Hemmert. Enter a cosmic journey and prepare for a vibrational experience like no other. Bathe yourself in the energy of these powerful sonic vibrations. No experience necessary! All you have to do is relax and receive.

Sunday, June 11th

8:00 – 10:00

YOGA BARN

Dustin Turner

Run to 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.

YOGA TENT

Stacey Reynolds

Emotional Journey through the Chaktras. Our story, our past, our pain, our wounds, lead us where we stand today. We will journey through the past, uncovering and allowing space for acceptance and growth. Through this process we will be able to identify how our pain and past dwell in the physical body as manifestations of anxiety, depression and disease. By shedding light on these areas, we free ourselves to replace pain with joy, loss with love and illness with healing. Strong beginner to advanced, asana and lecture

YOGA PAVILLION

Abbe Ehlers

“Good Day Sunshine” welcome this day with grace and ease. Find the joy of gently awakening the senses and setting the intention for your day. Modifications offered for any/all. Join me as we create space within to hold more light.


10:30 – 12:30

YOGA BARN

Wes Pilcher

Healthy Hamstrings and Shoulders: For most people, it would be accurate to say that the majority of their waking hours are spent sitting or looking down at a screen. Studies have shown that on average, people spend 4-6 hours looking at their phones. The average person who works at a desk spends around 10 hours of their day sitting. These repetitive movements and postures create a breakdown and tightness in areas such as our shoulders, neck, hamstrings, and hips. This workshop will explore the relationship between these key areas in our body, with a focus on hamstrings and shoulders. It will also cover the danger in overstretching the hamstrings and how to counter this stress.

YOGA TENT

KC Yoga Twins

Partner Yoga: Join us to advance your yoga practice and most importantly your overall connection. Partner yoga enhances community by bringing you closer to one another, literally in touch and in sync; it enhances your connection with breath, self and your own practice. This all-encompassing yoga partnership will allow you to find depths in stretches you cannot reach alone. It will allow you to literally reach heights you could never reach by yourself. And it will allow you to discover a strength within you might never find otherwise. Come grow, groove, and create greatness through partner yoga..

YOGA PAVILLION

Leah Morgan

Love-Love: Tennis Balls & Yoga-Free your Fascia!With the use of tennis balls for trigger point release, you will be guided through a journey to open up the body, then move through a brief all levels yoga in order to fully appreciate this new found freedom! ZERO yoga experience needed and this a GREAT workshop for athletes of all ages, plus anyone who has tension anywhere in the body. Bringing tennis balls would be great (you should always travel with them anyway!) but some will be provided if you do not have a set.

1:15 – 3:15

YOGA BARN

Dustin Turner

Over Done and Under Taught - With over twelve hundred basic poses and over a million variations, it is easy to gloss over something as we excitedly explore all that the tradition has to offer us. But after our first months, we learn that each pose has deep work and alignment built into it that it can change our whole perception of the practice. In this class, we will look at “common” poses that, if we slow down and get into the subtle workings of, we will find vast amounts of yoga to explore as we shape the self.

YOGA TENT

Alexandria Pulfer

Lineages of Yoga: Explore the vast influences of eastern traditions in our western world in a discussion based setting, generating knowledge and the sharing of the oral tradition of Yoga. From private ashram experiences to public power studios, the web of Yoga can be traced back to dozens of teachers and influencers that began exporting eastern practices and changing our access to ancient traditions. Understanding your relationship to the source with a clear perspective of where we are today, grow your practice with an intuitive based approach to information. Come prepared for discussion, self-directed inquiry and partner work.

YOGA PAVILLION

Cheryl Hemmert

Get out of your head and into your body.

Energy up and expanding out. Experience your higher self and give yourself a fine tune up of the glandular system. Become aware and awaken to your true self in this energetic Kundalini Kriya. Then relax to the sounds of the gong and take your practice into deep peace and inner stillness.

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Cheryl Hemmert Kundalini Yoga

A Saturday Evening of Melodic Gong and Tibetan Singing Bowls

with Cheryl Hemmert


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Mikes Mindful Plate organic food

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Ozark's Mountains Yoga Retreat

Where to Stay?

Have fun planning your adventure! Everything from boutique hotels, dude ranches, isolated VRBO cabins and various camping opportunities abound in this outdoors recreation area. Contact the Circle Yoga Shala directly for limited on site camping and there are many developed camping sites with all the amenities and free backcountry primitive camping along the river bank in the National Forest. The Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce's Web Site is a great place to start looking for cabins or camping and you may continue your search by checking the National Parks Service's Web Site.

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A Free Range Pass (ticket for both days) is $148.00

Saturday Only $90.00

Sunday Only $70.00

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