Schedule


Friday, August 28, 2015

Iowa's Largest Yoga Class 5:30 - 6:30pm

During Friday night’s opening ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to take part in Iowa’s Largest Yoga Class. This portion of the event is FREE and appropriate for all ages. Invite your friends and neighbors and help us create the largest group class Iowa has ever seen.

Opening Celebration 7:00pm - 10:00pm

It all kicks off with a yogi party on Friday night. The celebration of yoga is open to both conference attendees and non-attendees. We’re taking over the downtown, so the party is free for all to attend. Music and dance will make this the biggest and best yogi party Des Moines has ever seen!

Merchant Bazaar

The Merchant Bazaar will be at the center of the festival, and will showcase products and services related to yoga, health, and wellness. The vendor village will feature flotation therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, henna artist, and much more. The Merchant Bazaar will be open the entire evening and throughout the festival.

Food Drive

1 in 8 Iowans don't have enough to eat. Many of these people are your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Let's come together to help feed the people in our community. Bring food, paper goods, or personal hygiene product donations with you. Your donations will benefit Move the Food. Donations are not mandatory, but encouraged.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Morning Pranayama 7:00 am - 7:45 am

Jim Bennitt: Awakening the Vital Life Force
Pranayama

Awaken the Vital Life Force with Jim Bennitt! Jump­start your day by clearing the energy channels (the nadis) and cultivating the vital life force (prana) with Jim as he leads you through simple yet effective breathing techniques. This 45­ minute class will begin with gentle stretches to open the chest, rib cage, and hips, and conclude with seated breath work and a short meditation. [Open to all levels]

Morning Workshops8:00 am - 10:00 am

Andrey Lappa: Eight-Directional Cross Mandala Practice
Workshop 1

Join Andrey Lappa for this 30 minute lecture as he explains methods for energy balance using the unique asanas of Universal Yoga for all directions of mobility. A 90 minute asana practice will follow: "Static-passive Universal Yoga Practice." A cross mat will be required for this class. [Open to all levels]

Patrick Nolan: An Intimate Guided Tour of The Primary Series
Workshop 2

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, known as yoga chikitsa (yoga therapy), is the foundation of the Ashtanga practice. One of Guruji's many famous adages is: "Primary series for everybody, intermediate for teachers, advanced just for demonstration." While it is an entity unto itself, this sequence of postures lays a foundation of strength and endurance but also prepares the hips and spine for the more challenging postures of the subsequent series. In this workshop we will go through the entire Primary Series thoroughly and carefully, with each posture broken down and explained both on its own and in how it relates to the series as a whole. [Open to all levels]

Ann York: Discover the Mystery and Power of the Psoas
Workshop 3

You’ve heard about the psoas muscle, but do you really understand it? This deep core muscle is a major player in many yoga postures as well as most activities of daily living. It can be either friend or foe. Harnessing the power of the psoas will allow you greater freedom in your evolving yoga practice, including backbends and inversions. A weak or tight psoas can result in back pain or other problems.

In this practical interactive workshop, you will learn:

- The anatomy and physiology of the psoas muscle
- How the psoas interacts with other structures such as back, hips, pelvic floor, and diaphragm
- Techniques to lengthen and strengthen the psoas
- How to use your psoas to super-charge your yoga practice
- How to integrate these principles into your daily life for better posture and ease of movement

Master physical therapist, Laura Covill, DPT, OSC, COMT, will assist with the workshop, sharing her knowledge, experience, and humor. This will be a combination lecture and asana practice. [Open to all levels]

Doug Swenson: Introduction to Yoga
Workshop 4

This class is a gentle introduction to those who have never tried yoga, or those who have only minor experience. Explanations of what yoga is about, main foundation for practice, the benefits and precautions how and when to practice. This lecture will be followed by very gentle, easy postures with plenty of modifications when necessary. [Open to pre-beginners]

Mid-Morning Workshops 10:30 am - 12:30pm

Andrew Wicklander: Lessons from Yoga Applied to Business
Workshop 1

Exploring how intention, creating space and other yoga lessons can be applied directly to business, Andrew helps yogis, instructors and studio owners see that they already have all the wisdom required to succeed in business. In addition to higher level “themes” about business, this workshop will also dive into specific details of starting and running a business including building a website, taking payments online and a host of other helpful tactics to help your yoga business thrive. [Open to all levels]

Mara Healy: Rookie-Asana - How to Do Real Yoga with Zero Experience Required
Workshop 2

Join celebrated yoga teacher Mara Healy for an insightful look into yoga-basics that will help the beginner understand the priorities of yoga practice. She will discuss, (1) the fundamentals of stability and building strength mindfully, (2) how to create safe joint mobility, and (3) how to release tensions of the mind when you first come to the bewildering world of moving on the mat (which is like playing twister + simon-says). [Recommended for beginners & those teaching beginners]

Zaplin Vermie: The Essence of Ease
Workshop 3

Harnessing our patience during tense circumstances can often be quite challenging and maintaining our endurance during such situations can be even more difficult. Yogic literature, scientific research and common sense alike recognize the stabilizing strength and rejuvenating resonance of proper posture and respiration upon our mental disposition and bodily systems. Asana practice provides us with a multitude of opportunities to evoke ease from within by employing a variety of simple yet effective postural cues to naturally firm the abdomen for increased spinal strength, flexibility, balance and coordination; all while maintaining our composure and massaging our organs! Join Zaplin for an exploration upon the essence of ease within yourself. [Open to all levels]

Jim Bennitt: Fundamentals of Vinyasa Yoga
Workshop 4

Vinyasa yoga is a contemporary approach to an ancient tradition where the practitioner seamlessly flows from one pose to the other with conscious use of the breath. A skillful approach to vinyasa yoga can build stamina, strength, flexibility, energy, and mental focus. Unfortunately, some students leave feeling depleted, scattered, or injured. In this workshop Jim will first explain what constitutes a skillful approach to vinyasa, then lead you through a practice that will leave you feeling refreshed, stable, and focused. [Open to all levels and particularly vinyasa teachers]

Srividhya Radhakrishnan: Isha Hatha Yoga
Workshop 5

This 2 hour session will introduce participants to simple but powerful Yoga practices that one can do at home, at work or even in travel, aimed at bringing health, dynamism and vibrancy to the system.

Derived from a yogic tradition maintained for thousands of years and taught by highly trained teachers, these practices will work as a potent tool to cope with the hectic pace of the corporate environment, bringing ease to one’s system and creating an instant and durable sense of alertness and liveliness.

Practices will include physical postures, meditation, Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound), breathing methods (Kriya). These practices can be practiced by anyone age 7 or above, and do not require any particular physical flexibility previous experience in yoga. [Open to all levels]

Lunch12:30pm-2:30pm

Afternoon Workshops 2:30 pm - 4:30pm

Andrey Lappa: The Himalayan Vinyasa System
Workshop 1

Join Andrey Lappa for 30 minute lecture which will give a thorough explanation of the connections between postures with 14 groups of Vinyasas found in the Himalayan Vinyasa System. Following the lecture, a 90 minute practice will teach "A 2-square Mandala sequence of static-dynamic, asanas and vinyasas of Universal Yoga." A cross mat will be required for this class.[Open to all levels]

GO W/ THE FLOW with Tori Reynolds and Ben Rivet
Workshop 2

Founded on the principle that breath is key to a fluid vinyasa practice, GO W/ THE FLOW is a standout among the highly popular genre of yoga & live music. As Tori guides the class through a playful vinyasa sequence, spontaneous and based on student abilities, the breath is enhanced by a live soundtrack Ben creates using guitar, beatboxing, and a looping station. The consistent tempo of Ben's music acts as a tool from start to finish; a four count inhale and four count exhale ensure a focused and fun practice, while encouraging a strong sense of community within the room. GO W/ THE FLOW hopes to awaken the breath of the beginner and revitalize that of the advanced practitioner, uniting through a commonality all yogis can thrive from: breath. [Open to all levels]

Jim Bennitt: Advanced Practice: Bandha and Mudra
Workshop 3

Within the physical practice of yoga, postures or asanas are just the first step. The advanced practices mentioned in the ancient texts include retaining the breath while holding full body gestures and engaging “locks” to steady the mind and direct the vital life force. These practices were kept secret until the yogi reached a certain level of mastery. In this workshop Jim will review the major bandhas and mudras the ancient yogis held to be the most important, and then lead you through a practice incorporating them in a skillful way to create the state of mind that defines yoga. [Intermediate to advanced practitioners with pranayama experience]

Doug Swenson: Handstands / Inversions and Balancing
Workshop 4

In this class the students will experience a delightful, holistic flow of asana – focused around handstands, inversions and balancing; with many tips on how to avoid and overcome injury. [Intermediate to advanced level]

Evening Workshops 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Andrey Lappa: The Dance of Shiva: Shiva Nata (Dynamic Meditation)
Workshop 1

In this one hour lecture, learn about this ancient tantric practice for the development of complete consciousness control through simple body movements. Andrey will then lead a 60 minute, basic version of the level one practice. No yoga mat will be required for this class. [Open to all levels]

Mara Healy: Grounding Sound: Science of Mantra for Clear Body, Mind & Emotions Workshop 2

We are creatures of water. We come from water and we are made of mostly water. Mantra is the science of vibration combined with meaning that allows us to cleanse away negativity in the heart-mind field (chitta) as well as in the fascial tightness of our physical being. Mantrayana is often called the “easy-difficult path” –easy to do, but difficult to understand. Bring a bolster to sit on, some chants you want to learn and any questions you may have. Mara will provide mantra sheets for the group. No physical experience required. [Open to all levels]

Patrick Nolan: The Story of The Mahabharata Told
Workshop 3

In this session we will gather round and listen to the Indian national epic poem, The Mahabharata. As with all great literature, The Mahabharata works on many levels. On one hand, it is a very cool story, complete with magic, miracles, interfering gods, and a massive intra-familial civil war (Game of Thrones, Dune, and Lord of the Rings fans will not be disappointed). On the other hand, it is a profound religious allegory on morality, duty, and the struggle each of us faces between our higher faculties and our base instincts. The Mahabharata is the source of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the central scripture of Hinduism and Yoga. Understanding the story and the context of the Bhagavad Gita can only enhance our understanding and our yoga practice on and off the mat. [Open to all levels]

Linda Garcia: The Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra
Workshop 4

The Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra is an awareness-based, guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is the perfect antidote for stress. One session of Yoga Nidra equals three hours of restful sleep. As you lie on your yoga mat, Linda will verbally guide you through your maya kosha energy levels. While in a state of deep relaxation, at root levels of consciousness, you will begin to heal, rejuvenate, and restore yourself. Modern neuroscience research overwhelmingly confirms the positive meditative benefits that ancient Yogis discovered thousands of years ago. Feel the calming results of the brain and the central nervous system coming into balance. [Open to all levels]

Jim Bennitt: Stilling the Lake of the Mind - The Tantric Approach to Meditation
Workshop 5

If you have a difficult time sitting for meditation, it might be time to take a closer look at your approach to the practice. Present­ day yoga classes often emphasize physical fitness but do little to create mental clarity; they often make the mind more scattered. In this workshop Jim will explain how you can adjust your practice or teaching to strengthen the physical body while cultivating the mental clarity that will make sitting for meditation effortless. [Open to all levels]

Deb Jennings: Gong Bath
Workshop 6

In this workshop, we will experience an extended gong bath which assists us to stay connected with our mind, body and spirit. The sound of the gong "re-tunes" us on many levels, bringing us into harmony and deep levels of inner peace. These sounds work on a cellular level as well as an emotional level. Participants will be "bathed" in sound during the session. The gong sounds help detoxify the body, remind us of the inner ability to be in bliss, and help us travel into a state of deep relaxation and peacefulness. [Open to all levels]

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Morning Pranayama7:00 am - 7:45 am

Zaplin Vermie - Greet the day with Graceful Diligence!
Pranayama

Looking to dive a bit deeper into the art of yogic breathing? Now is the time! Zaplin is honored to hold the space and gently guide an authentic exploration and reconnection with the fundamental nature and mechanics of our breath. What we can learn from watching the breath and guiding its patterns will enhance our ability to voluntarily relax, contributing toward an easeful sense of well-being on and off the mat. Join Zaplin for an inspiring occasion of witnessing and harmonizing your mind with your natural patterns of breath for enhanced energy and awareness as you greet the day!
[Open to all levels]

Mornings Workshops Session 1 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Lessons from Yoga Applied to Business
Workshop 1

Exploring how intention, creating space and other yoga lessons can be applied directly to business, Andrew helps yogis, instructors and studio owners see that they already have all the wisdom required to succeed in business. In addition to higher level “themes” about business, this workshop will also dive into specific details of starting and running a business including building a website, taking payments online and a host of other helpful tactics to help your yoga business thrive. [Open to all levels]

Andrey Lappa: Mandala Yoga
Workshop 2

Andrey Lappa presents the most perfect modern practice based on ancient methods for personal physical development, energy balancing and mind stabilization in the 30 minute lecture. A 90 minute asana practice will follow the lecture and will teach "Classic Mandala Asana-Vinyasa-Pranayama-Mantra-Yantra sequence." A cross mat will be required for this class.[Open to all levels]

Mara Healy: Refuge for Tight Shoulders
Workshop 3

This session highlights how creating a balance between strength and flexibility in the shoulders supports nervous-system “unlearning,” freeing yogis of their bio-mechanical patterns and habits in traps, rhomboids and deltoids. Mara will lead a short practice during which students will get an easy introduction focused on eight basic arm asanas that provide the six fundamental ranges of mobility for shoulders. Mara will review how stability creates the perfect foundation for mobility, and teach simple hands-on methods guiding students into creating their own depth in each arm asana. Some simple anatomy included. [Open to all levels]

Patrick Nolan: An Introduction to the 2nd series of Ashtanga Yoga
Workshop 4

In the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga, known as nadi shodhana (nervous system cleansing, not to be confused with the pranayama technique), the focus of the practice shifts to the spine and nervous system, and from there into the subtle, or energetic body. In short, the practice takes another step deeper towards purifying and pacifying the mind. In this workshop we will explore the asanas, some of which are quite challenging, in a safe and accessible way. As with the Primary Series workshop, each asana will be broken down and explained both on its own and how it relates to the series as a whole. [Open to all levels]

Doug Swenson: Latest in Yoga Adjustments and Partner Yoga
Workshop 5

Learn new and exciting ways to help each other with yoga practice, through hands on yoga adjustments and partner work. Class concludes with creation of a yoga dance, from techniques you have learned. [Open to all levels]

Srividhya Radhakrishnan: Isha Hatha Yoga
Workshop 6

This 2 hour session will introduce participants to simple but powerful Yoga practices that one can do at home, at work or even in travel, aimed at bringing health, dynamism and vibrancy to the system.

Derived from a yogic tradition maintained for thousands of years and taught by highly trained teachers, these practices will work as a potent tool to cope with the hectic pace of the corporate environment, bringing ease to one’s system and creating an instant and durable sense of alertness and liveliness.

Practices will include physical postures, meditation, Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound), breathing methods (Kriya). These practices can be practiced by anyone age 7 or above, and do not require any particular physical flexibility previous experience in yoga. [Open to all levels]

Mid-Morning Workshops Session 2 10:30am-12:30pm

Mara Healy: Simple, Smart & Sensible Sequencing
Workshop 1

Highlighting the true purpose behind the asana practice, Mara will introduce some fundamental principles of sequencing that can be applied to any system of yoga for use with any level of practice. Rather than basing sequencing on “peak-postures” or categories of poses, she will explain sequencing methods that are based on our relationship with gravity, multi-dimensional space and the elements of the universe. Be ready for a powerful 2 hours that will enhance your understanding of yoga practice, and to practice for at least 45 minutes! [Open to all levels]

Patrick Nolan: Introduction to the Yogasutra of Patañjali
Workshop 2

The Yogasutra of Patañjali is the bedrock of yogic philosophy. In this workshop we will explore the sutras by first placing them in the context of Indian philosophy in general. Following a brief overview of the four chapters of the whole work, we will learn in a more traditional Indian way. Selected passages will be chanted in a call and response setting, then translated, and then discussed. We will bring this seemingly dense and abstract philosophical work into a more practical light, and see how it can help us both in asana practice and in our daily lives. [Open to all levels]

GO W/ THE FLOW with Tori Reynolds and Ben Rivet
Workshop 3

Founded on the principle that breath is key to a fluid vinyasa practice, GO W/ THE FLOW is a standout among the highly popular genre of yoga & live music. As Tori guides the class through a playful vinyasa sequence, spontaneous and based on student abilities, the breath is enhanced by a live soundtrack Ben creates using guitar, beatboxing, and a looping station. The consistent tempo of Ben's music acts as a tool from start to finish; a four count inhale and four count exhale ensure a focused and fun practice, while encouraging a strong sense of community within the room. GO W/ THE FLOW hopes to awaken the breath of the beginner and revitalize that of the advanced practitioner, uniting through a commonality all yogis can thrive from: breath. [Open to all levels]

Lisa Acheson: Create a Non-Negotiable Practice
Workshop 4

Do you struggle with making it to your mat on a daily basis? We all have responsibilities and obstacles that can make it a challenging feat to step onto the mat each day, but the commitment to do so can lead to incredible moments of self-discovery.
If your yoga practice is negotiable, then it’s likely also disposable. Yoga is a journey to the inner self, but the journey will only happen if we practice.
Join Lisa Acheson for a discussion on how you can make your yoga practice just like brushing your teeth, an integrated part of every day:
- Develop an action plan to help clear the path to your mat each day.
- Discover how shifting your approach and expectations can create consistency.
- Explore asana as an opportunity for daily self-study.
If the idea of a daily practice seems out of reach or just plain insane, then this session is for you. Heavy on discussion, journaling, and a hint of asana. [Open to all levels]

Deb Jennings: Sacred Sound Meditation
Workshop 5

Dive deeply into the meditative state guided by Deb Jennings. Deb will use a variety of instruments, including crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flutes and percussion instruments, and the gong, to assist you in your transformational journey on the waves of sound. Travel the inner realms to peace. [Open to all levels]

Doug Swenson: Anatomy of Yoga / Whole Body Anatomy / Nutritional Impact
Workshop 6

This class gives the students a broader vision of anatomy – beyond the muscles and bones. A better understanding and respect for our internal world is established. [Open to all levels]

Closing Celebration12:30pm-1:30pm