“It’s That Time of Year!”

“It’s That Time of Year!”

It’s Yoga Festival time! Five years ago when the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival began, more about that below, there was nothing similar for hundreds of miles! Those types of events were reserved for the coasts and the hipsters of Boulder. But now they have sprung up everywhere, many of which are within a comfortable driving distance. The article presented below has a good list of them and there are several other sites such as Yogafinder.com where you can find even more related events.

“Attending a yoga festival can invoke a deep sense of connection and community, and you will find yogis attending the same festival year after year. Many festivals are expanding into offering different platforms to continue to connect, educate, and inspire their festival-goers throughout the year. If you want a more in-depth experience of connection and community, look for festivals that offer day-long intensives, retreats, or online courses before or after the festival.” – http://www.yogabasics.com/…/yog…/summer-yoga-festivals-2018/

Just like a yoga class they are all different but with similarities of things you can expect. To differing degrees most offer yoga classes, demonstrations, presentations by professionals in related fields, vendors including those serving food and music. Some, like the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival even include outdoor activities like camping, hiking and nature presentations. Also just like a Yoga class, you should attend a festival or retreat with no real expectations other than to relax, be in the moment and allow yourself to become inspired through the beauty of the experience.

This year’s Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival is being held at Echo Bluff State Park, nestled in Mark Twain National Forest. It has a lodge with conference areas, deluxe rooms, cabins and a 62 site campground. It also features a full-service restaurant and snack/gift shop. The grounds include several uniquely designed pavilions, an amphitheater, trail system and a large spring that creates “Sinking Creek” which flows into the Current River. Numerous other public and private campgrounds, lodging options and recreational opportunities are very nearby.

During the festival there will be three conference rooms busy with Yoga workshops. There will be presentations in and outside of the main lodge and at surrounding pavilions with interesting venders, musicians, guided hikes and children’s activities all available.

Click this link for more info (https://www.ozarkmountainyogafestival.com/) and we’ll see you there!


About the Author

Bill Lynch, MEd, ERYT-500, C-IAYT is a husband, father and Yoga teacher living in Springfield, Missouri. He offers classes, workshops, retreats and Yoga teacher training from his home studio, Ozark Mountain Yoga.

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