Flow Fest

Flow, relax, and Chaturanga Dandasana into a weekend full of centering the mind, feeding the soul, and inspiring self-discovery on September 21 and 22. Blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural, outdoor setting, Whitewater’s Flow Fest features a variety of yoga classes and workshops across the spectrum to invigorate and energize both the curious first-timers and the seasoned yogi. Start your weekend with a morning guided hike through the trails for sunrise yoga or down dog under the tree canopies with an afternoon restorative class. Whether you are looking to elevate your practice to the next level or seek out tips and techniques on inversions and energy healing, there is plenty of opportunity to engage on and off the mat. Set your weekend intention, come for ten classes or for one, sample kombucha from local brewers, and unwind as you flow into the evening melodies from River Jam Stage’s musical performances.

As with all Whitewater festivals, Flow Fest is free and open to the public. The majority of the practices and workshops have no cost, but participation in Flow Fest programming requires a festival registration and wristband. Register below. 

A select few practices and workshops have spatial limitations or associated costs, and require an additional registration. Please sign-up for these elevated add-ons using links within the schedule.

Flow Fest Immersion

Transition into the weekend by nourishing your mind, body, and soul. Join Flow Fest yoga instructors Victoria Martinez, Sydney Duarte, and Jane Ritz for an overnight, immersive VIP experience at Whitewater’s Flow Fest. Experiences include a guided nature meditation and journaling session, a 3-course Ayurvedic dining experience, moonlit yoga, on-site overnight camping, and sunrise yoga and meditation. The Immersion experience takes place Friday evening through Saturday morning.

TERRACE ACCESS:

Join us at Terrace Access for a premiere view of the music and festivities. Terrace Access opens at 5:00pm and goes until 10:00pm, offering food, private cash bar, indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and exclusive viewing area.

Vendors

Flow Fest invites local community artisans, craftsmen, designers, makers, and wellness professionals to share their craft in Flow Fest’s Vendor Village. Flow Fest vendors share the intention of creating sustainable and ethically produced goods and services. Vendor Village will be open Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Current vendors include: ThaiStyle ClothingFree Spirit DelicaciesZavia HandmadeGolden ReedsElise Design CompanyRevolution Balance BoardsSouthernWood Paddle CompanyPollynation ApothecaryRedBudSudsA&O OrganicsWaxhaw Candle CompanyCatawba RiverKeeper Foundation, Harry’s Woodworking, Buchi, doTERRA, and Athleta.

If you are interested in joining the Vendor Village at Flow Fest please complete an online application.

Schedule

For a detailed schedule of all Flow Fest programming, including descriptions and instructor bios, see below. A printable Flow Fest schedule can be found here.

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Animal Locomotion

When: September 21, 8:00 am
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga

Animal Locomotion is a fast paced flow of movements. In this high energy and intensity class, you will be guided through a series of natural movements to help explore and understand the movements that drive animals to move from one place to another. This class will help you examine your body’s forgotten power, vitality and potential.

Solveig’s passion for yoga came through a fascination with the way the body moves and works. He dove into studying the connection between the mind, body and spirit through yoga. Solveig holds the following certifications: 150-hour Hatha Yoga, 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa, 200-hour Budokon Yoga and 50-hour Calisthenics and Animal Locomotion. He now works at Budokon Academy Charlotte and infuses her practices with structure, education, and fun.

Gary was first introduced to yoga through basic stretching sequences led by his martial arts instructor as a child. His in instructor often told him “Yoga is a martial art you do against yourself”. When Gary later took his first yoga class he finally understood the connection between martial arts and yoga and has been an avid yogi since. Gary holds his 200-hour Budokon Yoga instructor qualification as well as his 50-hour Calisthenics and Animal Locomotion certification. Gary teaches at the Budokon Academy Charlotte.

Yoga for Athletes

When: September 21, 8:30 am
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Diane Cevallos

Athlete Yoga targets different dynamic muscle groups, like the hamstrings, hips and shoulders. This practice can reduce aches and pains, prevent and heal injuries, enhance athletic performance, increase flexibility and relieve tension.

Diane has been a student of yoga since 1997 and an experienced yoga teacher with over 15 years of practice. She looks to yoga and faith as her constant source of grounding and inner strength.

Power Flow

When: September 21, 8:30 am
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Rebby Kern

Get your sweat on in this fast-paced flow to awaken and inspire. This is a fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow where students will focus on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.

Rebby is a trans non-binary LGBTQ youth activist and RYT 200-hour yoga instructor. Rebby relocated to Charlotte from California three years ago and currently serves as Director for Youth Outreach with Time Out Youth. Rebby has previously served as a staff with Campus Pride, Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, and is the co-founder of the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition (IAGC). Rebby is an alumna of OutSet, the LGBTQ youth filmmakers program of Outfest and LA Lifeworks. Rebby’s practice incorporates tools for social change and personal empowerment within each class. They teaches at Yoga One and in their spare time, spends time outdoors, watching film, and singing off-key in the car.

Vinyasa for Back Strength

When: September 21, 9:00 am
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Matt Weston

This practice, set to motivating music, focuses on yoga postures to open the shoulders, hips and spine while strengthening your core and upper body and increase flexibility and balance. Vinyasa for Back Strength is suitable for all levels.

Matt has worked for CorePower Yoga since 2011, opening, managing, and instructing at locations nationwide. He currently works at CorePower Yoga’s Park Road location where his classes are known to be creative, light-hearted, and full of empowerment.

SUP Yoga

When: September 21, 9:00 am
Location: Upper Pond
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Michelle Miller

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. SUP Yoga is led by a local certified instructor on flatwater. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class.

There will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee for non-passholding guests looking to participate. For Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but passholders must register for the class to secure a spot. Guests may register online via the links below, or at Guest Services and the Kayak Center. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system. Day of registration will be available as capacity allows.

Born in Canada, Michelle’s love for movement, exercise and being outdoors began at a young age through professional dance. Her passion is to connect with people and share her knowledge and experiences to help those on their path of self-discovery and personal growth. She believes in the benefits of hot vinyasa flow and mixed power flow to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and the possibilities within the physical body while exploring the power of breath and the mind. Michelle teaches power yoga, hot yoga, rocket yoga, SUP yoga and is a certified RYT with Johnna Smith from Y2 Yoga. She recently finished her 150 hour Rocket Yoga progressive Ashtanga certification with David Kyle, Patrick McCleaf and Jaimis Huff Flynn. Michelle enjoys bringing her love for yoga onto the SUP board with playful, core building, arm balance practices while connecting with nature and the divine.

Energy Healing 101

When: September 21, 9:30 am
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Bodhi Deva Ma

Energy Healing 101 is an introduction to working with subtle energy for healing.  This workshop includes practical applications, the most recent research on energy healing, and an intro to the subtle energy body (chakras, meridians, and more).

Bodhi is a certified Mystical Yoga instructor with the School Yoga Institute. She has been teaching for 17 years throughout the US, as well as in Central and South America. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies in addition to a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Energy Psychology.

Slow Flow

When: September 21, 9:30 am
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Brook Minnock

Slow Flow focuses on sustaining correct alignment in yoga postures while working through a variety of slower moving sequences designed to safely increase strength, breath awareness, and flexibility. This Vinyasa style practice takes time to explore poses and variations with deeper holds and longer stretches.

A full-time nurse, new mom, and certified yoga instructor, Brook has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for five. Her mission is for each yogi to leave her class feeling stronger, calmer, and more connected than when they entered.

Kids’ Yoga

When: September 21, 10:00 am
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Twist Kids Yoga

Twist Kids Yoga practices are playful, joyous and designed to meet each child in their own unique space. In this practice, kids will explore yoga and mindfulness through age-appropriate activities in a caring environment.

Twist Kids Yoga is a registered children’s yoga school in Charlotte, NC (RCYT). Their mission is to educate young minds in mindfulness, yoga postures, compassion and relaxation with the goal to create a more balanced and loving world.

Thai Massage

When: September 21, 10:00 am (6 hours; 20 minute sessions)
Location: Conference Room E
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Gao Yang

Thai massage is an art of movement through assisted stretches. Each of these one-on-one sessions are 20 minutes in length and are filled with a series of guided movements meant to help lengthen and alleviate stress on joints and muscles. It is a fun way to get to know your body, honor your breath, and hold yourself accountable through each movement. Thai Massage requires an individual $30 registration fee and is available on a first come, first serve basis in person during Flow Fest.

Thai Yoga Massage Therapist Gao Yang is licensed through the North Carolina Board of Massage as well as Bodywork Therapy. She completed her 225-hour instructor training through Holy Yoga and has additionally received a Masters-level certification at SVG Thai Massage Training Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gao also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, focusing in applied wellness and nutrition of the body.

Yin Yang Flow

When: September 21, 10:00 am
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Kelly Bailey

Yin Yang Flow combines movement with stillness as the poses take yogis through the philosophies of balance. Just as we require a balance of yin and yang in life, we also need a balance of movement and stillness, invigoration and detoxification, power and restoration within our yoga practice. The Yin Yang Flow practice will honor this Daoist philosophy and give a full practice of beginner to advanced Vinyasa flow with longer Yin holds.

Kelly has practiced yoga for over 15 years and Chinese medicine for four years. She has found a way to incorporate her interest in psychology and musculoskeletal anatomy into her daily life by traveling cross-country to teach yoga workshops.

Vendor Village

When: September 21, 10:00 am (8 hours)
Location:
Type: Additional Programming

Flow Fest invites local community artisans, craftsmen, designers, makers, and wellness professionals to share their craft in Flow Fest’s Vendor Village. Flow Fest vendors share the intention of creating sustainable and ethically produced goods and services. Vendor Village will be open Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Current vendors include:

If you are interested in joining the Vendor Village at Flow Fest please complete an online application.

Deep Stretch with Equinox Meditation

When: September 21, 10:30 am
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Wendy Swanson

Renew and restore your body, mind and spirit with restorative yoga poses followed by a long savasana with a guided fall equinox meditation to recharge your mind and reset with stretch.

Wendy Swanson has received both her L.Ac and 200-hour E-RYT certifications. She has practiced yoga since 1993 and been teaching since 2009. Nearing completion of her 500-hour teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, she is a board-certified licensed acupuncturist and healer with over 12 years of clinical acupuncture experience. Wendy loves creating yoga practices, retreats and workshops that help students release tension both physically and mentally. Her insightful, supportive, and just plain fun demeanor set the tone to help students dive deeper into their own practices. Wendy is also an international retreat leader and has been guiding students in workshops & retreats for the past twenty-five years.

Essential Oil Yoga

When: September 21, 11:00 am
Location: Conference Room C
Type: Yoga, Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Kayla Frank

Essential Oil Yoga teaches the foundations of essential oils while working through a series of gentle postures to energize the body. These movements aim to naturally bring one to a place of openness and appreciation. This practice will finish with a long savasana to relax and re-center the mind.

This practice costs $15 to attend. Register here

Kayla is inspired by physical activity that balances, strengthens, and promotes mindful movement as an expression of self-awareness. She draws creativity from the world around her to lead classes that focus on our ability to cultivate personal growth in others. Kayla currently teaches at NoDa Yoga, The Space, Burn Boot Camp, Be Yoga, and Lenny Boy Brewing Co. in Charlotte.

At Home Apothecary

When: September 21, 11:00 am
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Austin Brockway

This educational workshop reviews plants as alternatives to medicine, the benefits that can be extracted, and a history into both apothecary and botanical apothecary. This class will go into the details of apothecary safety, as well as quick tips into making your own products, suggested recipes, and specific plant knowledge.

Austin Brockway is the owner and founder of A&O Organics, a mother and son duo company creating quality apothecary products from their garden. Austin has been an herbalist and plant whisperer for over 10 years. A&O Organics was born out of a decision Austin faced: take anti-depressants or find a holistic way of balancing hormones.

Activate and Elevate Your Flow

When: September 21, 11:00 am (1.5 hours)
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Grace Millsap

The medicine of movement and sound comes from cultures that have been left behind for a life that is hot, fast, and pushes us to our edge. In this 1.5 hour class, you will learn that your practice does not need to mimic the fast pace of your every day life and instead you can take the time to connect with your breath, body and intention. Join Grace Millsap, Katie Sutton, and Josh Vogt for a series of fluid yoga movements, sound healing, meditation, and activation.

Grace is a former neuroscientist and current E-RYT 500 Ayurveda Health & Wellness coach. She is the creator of “Ethics in Yoga” community series, where she tackles challenging topics and conversations receiving national attention and often including spotlights in Yoga Journal.

Kombucha Sampling

When: September 21, 11:00 am (6 hours)
Location:
Type: Additional Programming

Discover your new favorite kombucha flavor during Flow Fest Kombucha Sampling, featuring beverages from UpDog KombuchaSUM BuchaLenny Boy Brewing, and Golda Kombucha. Sampling will take place from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. No tickets or registration required for sampling; full servings will be available for purchase.

DIY Rain Barrel

When: September 21, 11:00 am
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Elevated Add-ons

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has partnered with Coca-Cola Consolidated to offer rain barrel workshops at Flow Fest. Each rain barrel workshop is a hands on, do-it-yourself opportunity to build a 40-50 gallon rain barrel suitable for use at your home or place of business. Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use such as on lawns, gardens or indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and it’s free water for use in your landscape! Participants will be provided all of the materials and tools to create their rain barrels and painting supplies will be provided to decorate them any way you choose. At the end of the clinic, you’ll go home with a beautiful, unique, functional rain barrel.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a local, community based group located throughout the 26-county river basin that dedicates time, talent and treasure to ensuring the protection of the Catawba Wateree River. The goal of the foundation is to sustain plentiful, clean water for generations to come.

SUP Yoga

When: September 21, 11:30 am
Location: Catawba River
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Talei Allen

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. SUP Yoga is led by a local certified instructor on flatwater. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class.

There will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee for non-passholding guests looking to participate. For Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but passholders must register for the class to secure a spot. Guests may register online via the links below, or at Guest Services and the Kayak Center. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system. Day of registration will be available as capacity allows.

Talei has been practicing yoga for most of her life and teaching for the last 12 years. She is ERYT-500 and is currently working on her ParaYoga Master Teacher Training. She has been teaching SUP Yoga for the last 3 years in the Lake Norman area. Talei enjoys infusing her classes with fun and playful flows, but also with some extra breath and pranayama work. She has worked and studied in depth the philosophy and history of yoga and weaves this into her classes as well.

Beginner Yoga

When: September 21, 12:30 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Chloe Bryce

Beginner Yoga is a practice for those that are newer to yoga or for those wanting a more basic flow class. This practice introduces foundational yoga postures, breath work, and alignment. Expect to learn, move, and feel empowered.

Chloe is a 25 year-old Charlottean who infuses her yoga practices with positivity, enthusiasm, and authenticity.

Slow Flow

When: September 21, 12:30 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Lydia Martin

Slow Flow places a focus on sustaining correct alignment in yoga postures while working through a variety of slower moving sequences designed to safely increase strength, breath awareness, and flexibility. This Vinyasa style class takes time to explore poses and variations with deeper holds and longer stretches.

Lydia has a background in dance and is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. She weaves together alignment, body awareness, and stretching into her practices to build strength and confidence.

Yogastrology

When: September 21, 12:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Mary Beth Bender

The practice of Yogastrology® is a blend of both yoga & astrology. In this workshop, certified inspired Yogastrology® teacher, Mary Beth Bender leads students through an asana and mindfulness practice to connect and align your physical and energetic bodies with the current astrological transits in the sky.

Mary Beth received her E-RYT 500 instructor certification in Cost Rica through the Nosara Yoga Institute. She fuses yoga and astrology together to blend connections with the universe with movements.

Yoga For Athletes

When: September 21, 1:00 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Laura Hays

Yoga for Athletes combines flow and static holding postures targeting under-stretched areas such as chest/shoulders and hips/legs. This practice is for all levels and benefits benefit runners, cyclists, endurance/dynamic athletes, or anyone who feels tension from a more sedentary lifestyle.

Laura is a board-certified Emergency Physiciaand RYT 200-hour yoga instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches yoga in Charlotte at Y2 and Charlotte Yoga, while practicing emergency medicine full time at Novant HealthA busy mother of two, she believes finding balance is the key to happiness. 

Hula Hoop Flow

When: September 21, 1:00 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Zoya Kelly

Hula Hoop Flow is a different and interactive way to practice while letting loose and sharing a laugh. Even if it’s your first time trying hula, it’s a refreshing, invigorating exercise that anyone can learn.

Zoya is a Charlotte native and a retired circus performer. Zoya is the creatrix of The Hooping Company, a performance art and fitness collaboration. She has been hula hooping for 7+ years as well as teaching Cirque Arts, hula hoop dance fitness and beginner hula hoop classes. Zoya brings an atmosphere of fun and nostalgia to all her classes for an inclusive and immersive experience.

The Language of Nature: Poetry Hike

When: September 21, 1:30 pm
Location: Group Check-In
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Tara Eschenroeder

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”― John Muir. The trees sing, the mountains listen, the flowers dance in gentle breezes, and the water reminds us to go with the flow. Nature is always speaking but are we listening? We will explore the beautiful outdoors of North Carolina with pieces of poetry interspersed throughout this adventure. Mary Oliver might remind us to shine like the trees while John Muir will help us to recall the healing medicine of the mountains. Be sure to bring your own journal to allow your own voice to be heard as we will reflect and write in the sacred energy of nature.

Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson, having prepared her body and mind to become that bow – that vessel – that lets her lesson go; weaving its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended. When you practice with Tara, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life. Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. Tara recently moved to Asheville from Richmond, VA, and is ERYT200, ERYT500, RCYT, YACEP, self-published author, and a Certified Coach and Mentor.

Rocket Yoga

When: September 21, 2:00 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Audrey Keene

Rocket Yoga is a variation of Ashtanga that focuses on building strength for arm balances and inversions. This style lends itself to mixed-level practices where beginner and seasoned practitioners can be equally challenged.

Audrey has been teaching the unique style of Rocket Yoga for three years. Currently living in Wilmington, NC, she is a mechanical engineer who believes challenges are one of the best ways to focus and clear the mind.

Acoustic Unwind

When: September 21, 2:00 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga

Acoustic Unwind takes you through a series of simple movements, making it a suitable practice for all levels. Enjoy live music, performed by Grant Hill, as you relax your mind and body with this practice resulting in a refreshed and rejuvenated state.

Lisa’s passion for hiking and yoga stems from spending time in the foothills of North Carolina throughout different stages in her life. This dedication led her to obtain her 220-hour Certified Yoga Alliance training in the Kunga Teacher Training & Lifestyle Immersion at the Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington, NC in 2010.

Grant is a music producer, handpan player, multi-instrumental soundhealer and yogi. As a movement coach and yoga instructor, Grant pairs his deep relationship with sound to his technical understanding of the physical to create immersive soundscapes of harmonic layers and ceremonial rhythm, bringing new dimensions into traditional yoga practices. Grant can be found in the Lake Norman area teaching at iShine Yoga, Gotta Yoga and KadiFit. His music can be found on all streaming platforms.

Kombucha Homebrew

When: September 21, 2:00 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops, Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Olivia Wolff

At this workshop, UpDog Kombucha will go through step-by-step instructions on how to make your own kombucha with their Kombucha Making Kit. The kit includes a 64 oz. mason jar, SCOBY, starter tea, cloth, a rubber band and laminated instructions.

This workshop costs $30 to attend. Register here.

Olivia Wolff is the co-founder of UpDog Kombucha. She is an avid rock climber, kombucha drinker, and dog lover. You can usually find her walking on the Rail Trail in an UpDog tank top or exploring the Charlotte brewery scene.

Mindful Flow

When: September 21, 2:30 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jenn Shull

Mindful Flow is designed to bring more awareness to all levels of our being; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This practice places emphasis on proper alignment to experience the integrity of each pose.

Jenn Shull is an ontologically trained life and leadership coach as well as a certified yoga teacher. She incorporates coaching, neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and yoga principles into her teaching.

Soul Yoga

When: September 21, 2:30 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Justine Coleman

Soul Yoga brings together the physical practice of yoga with the focus, and joy of the present moment. Connecting the mind, body, and breath into a moving symphony provides clarity and enlightenment.

Justine is an E-RYT 200 and RYT 300 yoga instructor with high-energy practices that encourage authentic movement, rhythmic music, and breath-to-body movement.

Arm Balance Workshop

When: September 21, 3:30 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga

The Arm Balance Workshop provides the fundamentals of arm balance, including introduction to proper alignment, in addition to hands-on adjustments for postures such as Bakasana (Crane), Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane), and Eka Pada Koundinyasana (Flying Locus/Flying Splits). This workshop covers exercises for beginners to target muscle fibers as well as floating and transitioning arm balance for more experienced yogis.

Andy and Tamara Totman are a husband and wife team hailing from Vinyasa Arts in San Diego. Andy turned to yoga after being diagnosed and surviving Stage 4 cancer. Their yoga roots began in Encinitas, California and the pair have been practicing for over 20 years before coming to North Carolina and opening a studio.

Shamanic Journey

When: September 21, 3:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops

This practice blends together the ancient wisdom of both Yoga and Shamanism. This gentle yoga practice is designed to shed away layers that no longer serve body, mind, and spirit. Beginning with a guided Shamanic introduction, this journey is designed to awaken the inner seer and inner warrior, voice-guided with light drumming. You’ll be guided through visual imagery of the mountains, trees, the sky, and Earth to rise to the potential within all of us to carve our own path with clarity and strength. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow for extra comfort.

Sara Cain-da Costa has her E-RYT 500 certification and is Owner and Founder of Synergy Yoga studio in Rock Hill, SC. Sara’s 20-year personal yoga and meditation practice are founded on the power to heal. She’s been teaching for the last 18 years in studios, gyms, boardrooms, classrooms, ball parks, basketball courts, farms, breweries and more in the Charlotte, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill regions. In addition, she’s created yoga and wellness programming for Fortune 500 Corporations, Girl Talk Foundation, HQ4 Baseball, abd the York County VA Clinic and Hospitals.

Acro Yoga

When: September 21, 3:30 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Sydney Duarte

Acro Yoga is a partner-based practice that incorporates elements of Acrobatics, Yoga and and Healing Arts. Acro teaches communication, trust, strength, confidence and community all wrapped up in a fun, full-body workout. Acro yoga will begin with body position vocabulary and move into Acro basics such as Crow, Side Crow, Chin Stand, Forearm Head Stand, Forearm Stand, Tri-pod Head Stand, and Hand Stands.

Sydney Duarte is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. She approaches health and wellness with playfulness and a sense of humor that encourages all personalities to the mat. Always inviting you to build awareness, embrace individuality and connect to the community around you, her style is for students who would like to experience play, strength and exploration.

Self Care Hatha Flow

When: September 21, 4:00 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jasmine Hines

Jasmine is a RYT 200 yoga instructor and cultural organizer promoting equality and inclusion while catalyzing a social consciousness shift in Charlotte’s yoga community.

Gentle Yoga

When: September 21, 4:00 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Mauni Tomlo

Gentle Yoga is beginner-friendly, breaking down postures in a clear and concise way. This practice is ideal for anyone new to yoga, who is looking to discover its benefits without breaking a sweat.

Following a scoliosis diagnosis at the age of 12, Mauni began a morning practice to counteract the symptoms. This turned into an occupation prompting her exploration of many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, and Bikram.

Restorative Flow

When: September 21, 5:00 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga

Restorative Flow begins with a strong flow practice and ends with poses that aim to relax all major muscle groups while also quieting the mind. Suitable for all levels, this practice is the perfect blend of effort and ease.

Allison teaches at a number of studios and locations around Charlotte, including iShine, Yoga and Wellness, Be Yoga Dilworth/Carmel, Pizza Peel, and Free Range Brewing. She infuses her classes with both playful and calming elements.

The Science of Meditation

When: September 21, 5:00 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Grace Millsap

Join Grace, former research assistant for UNC-Chapel Hill, for an afternoon of easy-to-digest discussion of meditation and the science behind its foundations. This workshop is for all levels of the meditation practice.

Grace is a former neuroscientist and current E-RYT 500 Ayurveda Health & Wellness coach. She is the creator of “Ethics in Yoga” community series, where she tackles challenging topics and conversations receiving national attention and often including spotlights in Yoga Journal.

Power Vinyasa with West African Drumming

When: September 21, 5:00 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Niche Faulkner

Power Vinyasa with West African Drumming is a music-themed practice centered on the use of traditional West African principles and instrumentation. This practice is a fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow, focused on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.

Niche’s background pulls from a variety of areas including academia, dance, and running. As a school psychologist, Lecturer in Cultural Dance at UNCC, and certified yoga instructor and running coach, Niche’s creative skillset provides twists on original yoga practices.

Yoga for Creativity

When: September 21, 5:30 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga

Yoga for Creativity is geared toward those wishing to tap into their creative selves. This practice focuses on opening the second and fifth chakras which represent creativity and giving voice to creativity. Closing with a guided meditation, Yoga for Creativity will leave you inspired, calm, and energized.

Cathrine Goldstein is an ambassador for iShine Yoga, a regular yoga instructor at the Whitewater Center, and has a 500-hour RYT certification from Rolf Gates. She is an international bestselling novelist for Young Adult novels and Romantic women’s fiction and has also created a Yoga for Writers program.

Doga

When: September 21, 5:30 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Lauren LaPoint

Doga (Dog + Yoga) is the practice of yoga with your pup. Through acts of dog training, traditional yoga poses, meditation, gentle massage, and stretching, Doga practitioners seek to achieve a positive attachment and a greater harmony with their dogs.

Lauren aims to unite people through the movement of yoga, dance, and hula hoop while promoting a healthy balance between the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of our being. The yogic path became her vehicle to live mindfully, strengthen her body, and release what no longer served her. She is a certified yoga teacher in Hatha yoga. Since 2014, she has been teaching deep stretch, power Vinyasa flow, and prenatal yoga. She received her 200-hour certification in 2014 here in Charlotte under Ken Heptig of Goal Yoga, and her 300-hour training in Rishikesh in 2017, under Krishna Sikwahl of Samatva Yogalaya in India.

Zakti 360 by Vinyasa Arts

When: September 21, 6:30 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga

Zakti 360 is geared towards advanced and intermediate yogis with a solid understanding of basic yoga postures who are comfortable performing more advanced asanas (poses) and who have begun to master the connection between breath and movement. This practice is a non-choreographed, progressive sequence with arm balancing, creative transition and advanced poses.

Andy and Tamara Totman are a husband and wife team hailing from Vinyasa Arts in San Diego. Andy turned to yoga after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and survived. Their yoga roots began in Encinitas, California and the pair have been practicing for over 20 years before coming to North Carolina and opening a studio.

Deep Stretch

When: September 21, 6:30 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Bridget Lusky

Deep Stretch is a practice for easing the body and mind. It begins with a short-grounded flow to gently warm up the body, followed by increasingly passive poses held for a longer time to fully allow the muscles to relax and stretch. This practice will leave students feeling calm and free.

Bridget has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for seven. She continuously takes new and different trainings to diversify her own instruction at Gotta Yoga and Yoga on Davidson.

Ayurveda 101

When: September 21, 6:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Victoria Martinez

Food is one of the building blocks that creates the raw materials which give our bodies life. Ayurveda demonstrates that food is not an enemy but rather, can be a medicine. It combines the pillars of yoga and nutrition, physical strength, mental flexibility, emotional wellness and spirituality.

Victoria is owner and founder of Chakra Flow University which opened in June 2018. Victoria gained her 200-hour YTT from world-renowned yoga center Laughing Lotus NYC directed by Dana Trixie Flynn. Along with her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has also received certifications and qualifications from Laughing Lotus NYC in Restorative Yoga, Super Sequencing, Hands on Assists, Chakras Intensive, Energy & the Subtle Body Intensive, Inversion Intensive and Ayurveda 100-hour. Victoria teaches at Bijou 5 Yoga, Carolina Yoga, OKRA, and Vinyasa Arts. Her mission and passion lay in the ability to share these ancient practices and sciences with her students and to empower them to gain optimal health and well-being. She will also begin teaching a YTT program at the Whitewater Center in August 2019.

Yoga for Climbers

When: September 21, 7:00 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Ashley Culler

In this Vinyasa style practice, improve your climbing by practicing your mental focus and mind-body connectivity. This practice will take you through a series of heart and hip openers while also strengthening your core. Each posture will focus on structural stability and breath, allowing you to carry your practice from the mat to the wall. All levels are welcome. No climbing experience necessary.

Ashley has her 200-hour YTT from YogaOne and has been teaching for about two years. She currently teaches at Inner Peaks Climbing Center and two rehabilitation facilities.

Elemental Focus Meditation

When: September 21, 7:00 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jane Ritz

Elemental Focus Meditation is a guided visualization meditation that connects natural elements (fire, air, water, earth, etc.) with mindfulness. The intention of this practice is to bring about a deeper connection of love with nature into the body using both breath and awareness, as well as the surrounding natural elements of the environment at the Whitewater Center.

Jane’s background is in Psychology, where she studied the energy of the body and the impact that our thoughts can have on that energy. She has been an active yogi for over 15 years and has found meditation to be a key aspect of living more peacefully on and off the mat. Her intention is to amplify and uplift the human experience so that anyone participating in her practices leave feeling better than they did when they entered the space.

DropSound Glow Yoga

When: September 21, 8:00 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga

End your day with a transformative, dynamic yoga flow under black lights with DropSound noise-isolating headphones. Practice will be lead by Jamis Huff with live fresh beats by DJ Taz Rashid. Class will open with a meditation, move into a liberating flow and end with a savasana. All levels welcome.

DropSound headphones and glow sticks will be provided for the first 200 participants.

Jaimis Huff (E-RYT 500) believes in living life to the fullest and practicing radical self-love. She is known for her playful approach to teaching and encouraging students to step outside of their comfort zone to try things they never believed possible.

She is the creator of SOLSTICE, a Rocket Yoga mentor, and leader of yoga teacher trainings and international retreats. She’s studied Prana Vinyasa Flow and Ayurveda extensively with Shiva Rea and Maria Garré and is currently immersed in studying Rocket/Progressive Ashtanga with David C. Kyle. She draws continued inspiration from her teachers and considers herself a lifelong student. Her classes are powerful and approachable and will leave you feeling strong, inspired, and with a deeper sense of trust in who you truly are.

DJ Taz Rashid has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years. As a musician, he plays guitar, piano, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to source energy and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, and Bali Spirit Fest while sharing the stage with global acts such as Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, and Guadi.

Live Music – JOHNNYSWIM

When: September 21, 9:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Additional Programming

Much like families, bands go through it all together.

As a unit, they face life’s ups, downs, highs, lows, trials, tribulations, tragedies, triumphs, and everything in between. They change, learn, and grow as one. However, Los Angeles band JOHNNYSWIM doesn’t just seem like a family; it is a family. At the core, husband-and-wife — Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano — translate the memories, moments, and milestones on their journey into spirited, slick, and soulful anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradition, yet amplified by alternative experimentation, rock energy, and pop ambition.

The music moves as the couple’s life does, scrapbooking unforgettable experiences in melody like an eternal keepsake of their relationship.

“The music is the backdrop on which our life gets painted,” affirms Abner. “We’re not just writing partners; we’re partners. There’s no balance between work and romance. It’s all a gumbo. Our first excuse to date and hang out was writing together. We say things better in song than we discuss them in person. We’ve seen terrible things, brilliant things, and beautiful things as a couple. The albums and performances become the canvas that loss, gain, romance, and love are subconsciously painted — unbeknownst to us, honestly.”

Enjoy JOHNNYSWIM at 9pm on the River Jam stage during Flow Fest.

Yoga For Athletes

When: September 22, 8:00 am
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Catrina Reeder

Yoga for Athletes combines flow and static holding postures targeting under-stretched areas such as chest/shoulders and hips/legs. This practice is for all levels and benefits benefit runners, cyclists, endurance/dynamic athletes, or anyone who feels tension from a more sedentary lifestyle.

Catrina is an E-RYT 500 instructor who has taught across California, Texas and North Carolina for more than eight years. She also served as the Area Developer for CorePower Yoga.

Hike and Yoga

When: September 22, 8:00 am
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Sarah Glick

This is a gentle Slow Flow practice along with a bonus mindful meditation hike that will leave you feeling grounded and ready to take on your day focused and with a positive attitude. The hike will be around 2 – 2.5 miles in total and take between 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mat (and water if needed) and a way to carry it during the hike.

Sarah fell into yoga when the gym she was teaching spin classes at offered her a spot in a yoga teacher training they were hosting. She quickly fell in love with yoga as a way to balance out her workouts. In 2014 Sarah went on to get her RYT 200-hour certification in Vinyasa flow at Ayana Yoga in Charlotte. She is also certified in aerial yoga and currently teaches a variety of classes at On Track Yoga in Mount Holly and Cavendish brewery in Gastonia. With an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, a Masters in Health Science and a nursing degree on the way, Sarah has dedicated her education to human health and believes that yoga is a vital part of complete wellness that is accessible to everyone.

Gentle Flow

When: September 22, 8:30 am
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Ashlyn Miller

This practice is for all levels, connecting breath to movement through gentle poses and dynamic transitions.

Ashlyn found yoga six years ago and now teaches six days a week throughout Concord and Charlotte. Ashley has studied, practiced, and taught across the U.S. and Europe.

Hip Hop Yoga Sculpt

When: September 22, 8:30 am
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Matt Weston

Hip Hop Yoga Sculpt is where muscle meets yoga and flows to today’s upbeat hip hop and soulful tracks. This practice will combine body weight strengthening exercises with the fluid power of Vinyasa yoga to link the mind/body connection. This is an all levels class.

Matt has worked for CorePower Yoga since 2011, opening, managing, and instructing at locations nationwide. He currently works at CorePower Yoga’s Park Road location where his classes are known to be creative, light-hearted, and full of empowerment.

Slow Flow

When: September 22, 9:00 am
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Yoga

Slow Flow places a focus on sustaining correct alignment in yoga postures while working through a variety of slower moving sequences designed to safely increase strength, breath awareness, and flexibility. This Vinyasa style class takes time to explore poses and variations with deeper holds and longer stretches.

Jenny’s passion for teaching lies in making yoga accessible to everyone by allowing students to be challenged while meeting the individual where he/she is that day. She strives to keep each class light-hearted and fun, while creating a safe and comfortable environment that supports everyone’s growth.

DJ Taz Rashid has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years. As a musician, he plays guitar, piano, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to source energy and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, and Bali Spirit Fest while sharing the stage with global acts such as Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, and Guadi.

Aerial Yoga

When: September 22, 9:00 am (3 hours)
Location: Climbing Center
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jenny Mok

Aerial yoga is more than yoga or aerial acrobatics; this hybrid training implements the best of both worlds. Aerial yoga is unique in that it is adaptable for various ability levels. While suspended from a fabric swing at a low height, you will explore grounded, inverted, flying and floating exercises.

Jenny has been teaching yoga for over ten years. She holds 200 and 500-hour RYS certifications that she has acquired from places all over the world like Rishikesh, India and Sedona, Arizona.

SUP Yoga

When: September 22, 9:00 am
Location: Upper Pond
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Maricel Tufty

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. SUP Yoga is led by a local certified instructor on flatwater. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class.

There will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee for non-passholding guests looking to participate. For Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but passholders must register for the class to secure a spot. Guests may register online via the links below, or at Guest Services and the Kayak Center. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system. Day of registration will be available as capacity allows.

A graphic designer by trade, Maricel Tufty’s heart is full yogini. Maricel’s yoga journey started several years ago due to a minor slipped disc in her lower back. Physical therapy sessions introduced her to a few yoga poses but it wasn’t until she had a full experience that she found her true calling. Since then yoga has become a part of Maricel and she considers the practice a daily ritual. Maricel is registered with Yoga Alliance and is Vinyasa E-RYT 200 certified and also holds certifications in SUP Yoga, Yin Yoga, Reiki II and trained in Prenatal Yoga.

Family Yoga

When: September 22, 9:30 am
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Twist Kids Yoga

A yoga practice for the whole family. Adult and children alike will enjoy a playful approach to this yoga practice.

Twist Kids Yoga is a registered children’s yoga school in Charlotte, NC (RCYT). Their mission is to educate young minds in mindfulness, yoga postures, compassion and relaxation with the goal to create a more balanced and loving world.

Essential Oil Yoga

When: September 22, 9:30 am
Location: Conference Room C
Type: Yoga, Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Kayla Frank

Essential Oil Yoga teaches the foundations of essential oils while working through gentle postures and heart openers to energize the body. These movements aim to naturally bring one to a place of openness and appreciation. This practice will finish with a long savasana at the end to relax and re-center the mind.

This practice costs $15 to attend. Register here

Kayla is inspired by physical activity that balances, strengthens, and promotes mindful movement as an expression of self-awareness. She draws creativity from the world around her to lead classes that focus on our ability to cultivate personal growth in others. Kayla currently teaches at NoDa Yoga, The Space, Burn Boot Camp, Be Yoga, and Lenny Boy Brewing in Charlotte.

Exploring the Power of Stillness Yin Yoga

When: September 22, 9:30 am
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Kiesha Battles

This session explores the meditative practices of Yin Yoga, Pranayama, Mantra, and Mudra to clear energetic blockages and enhance circulation. This class will conclude with Yoga Nidra to instill a sense of wholeness as the practice draws to an end.

Kiesha is a full-time E-RYT 500 yoga instructor. Kiesha was recently appointed as Co-Director of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at the Kripalu Retreat Center. She owns her own home studio and teaches public classes at the YMCA, CorePower Yoga, and Charlotte Family Yoga Center. In 2016, after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting, Kiesha brought yoga teachers and studios together from all parts of Charlotte to practice together in a marathon style teaching to offer community and reprieve from a city on fire. She co-founded Yoga in Action Charlotte, which aims to bring a diverse network of teachers together. In honor of her leadership and audacious instincts for embodying yoga, Kiesha was honored and awarded the inaugural Self Care Charlotte Ambassador award.

Powerful Flow

When: September 22, 10:00 am
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Danielle Bisheit

A fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow focused on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. This practice builds strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work during this class.

Danielle has been teaching for the past six years and has her 230-hour YTT. She currently teaches at iShine Yoga and Simply Yoga in a variety of practices including Vinyasa, power, hot, deep stretch, slow flow, kids’ yoga and aerial yoga.

Thai Massage Workshop

When: September 22, 10:00 am
Location: Conference Room E
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Gao Yang

Join Gao in this hands on workshop where you and a partner will learn the basic fundamentals of Thai Massage. No experience is necessary for this workshop.

Thai Yoga Massage Therapist Gao Yang is licensed through the North Carolina Board of Massage as well as Bodywork Therapy. She completed her 225-hour instructor training through Holy Yoga and has additionally received a Masters-level certification at SVG Thai Massage Training Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gao also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, focusing in applied wellness and nutrition of the body.

Shakti Rising

When: September 22, 10:00 am
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Kat Harmon

Shakti Rising is a chakra-cleansing dance series composed of simple dance steps, mudras, and energy. These components are tailored to each chakra and paired with a different song. The class works through each of the seven chakras and is an accessible way for those who want to be introduced to energy work.

A dance instructor for 17 years, Kat created the Shakti Rising dance with fellow Reiki Master yoga instructor and dancer, Bodhi Deva Ma. Kat also has her 200-hour YTT and Reiki 1 certification.

Vendor Village

When: September 22, 10:00 am (6 hours)
Location:
Type: Additional Programming

Flow Fest invites local community artisans, craftsmen, designers, makers, and wellness professionals to share their craft in Flow Fest’s Vendor Village. Flow Fest vendors share the intention of creating sustainable and ethically produced goods and services. Vendor Village will be open Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm. Current vendors include:

If you are interested in joining the Vendor Village at Flow Fest please complete an online application.

All Levels Vinyasa Flow & Sound Healing

When: September 22, 11:00 am
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Yoga

If you’ve never been to a Vinyasa practice before, this style is designed to revitalize and restore your body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress. This is an excellent practice style for students who would like to experience play and exploration, making it suitable for all levels of yoga experience. Vinyasa yoga links breath with movement. Flow from one pose to another in sequence, on an inhale or an exhale. This practice mixes Vinyasa flow with deeper stretch postures.

Sydney Duarte is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. She approaches health and wellness with playfulness and a sense of humor that encourages all personalities to the mat. Always inviting you to build awareness, embrace individuality and connect to the community around you, her style is for students who would like to experience play, strength and exploration.

Grant is a music producer, handpan player, multi-instrumental soundhealer and yogi. As a movement coach and yoga instructor, Grant pairs his deep relationship with sound to his technical understanding of the physical to create immersive soundscapes of harmonic layers and ceremonial rhythm, bringing new dimensions into traditional yoga practices. Grant can be found in the Lake Norman area teaching at iShine Yoga, Gotta Yoga and KadiFit. His music can be found on all streaming platforms.

Sound Journey for Inner Awakening

When: September 22, 11:00 am
Location: Conference Room C
Type: Workshops, Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
DJ Taz Rashid

Experience how sound and healing music can be used to unlock the blocks and challenges we experience daily. DJ Taz Rashid shares his wisdom and path in sound healing as we meditate, tune inward, gain clarity, and listen to the language of our spirit. Open up the four directions and listen to healing deep relaxation sounds from all over the world such as singing bowls, didgeridoos, over-tone singing, percussion, Native American flutes, guitar and atmospheric soundscapes to guide the journey. This is the inner revolution your body has been looking for.

This workshop costs $15 to attend. Register here

DJ Taz Rashid has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, piano, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to source energy and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, and Bali Spirit Fest while sharing the stage with global acts such as Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, and Guadi.

Upgrade Your Self Care

When: September 22, 11:00 am
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
Jill Johns

Learn to lead an upgraded life by acknowledging your emotions, setting boundaries, saying “no” and releasing the fears/guilt that stop you. The goal of upgrading your self-care is to feel relief followed by satisfaction. During this session we will utilize the manifesto of The Pause Button 2.0 podcast as our framework.

Jill Johns is both entrepreneur and yoga teacher. After quitting the corporate world, surviving breast cancer, and raising four kids, Jill integrates her practice with a high dose of self-care and empowerment. Jill is also the co-host to podcast The Pause Button 2.0 and founder of a mindfulness resource and retreat center.

Thai Massage

When: September 22, 11:30 am (3 hours; 20 minute sessions)
Location: Conference Room E
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Gao Yang

Thai Massage is an art of movement through assisted stretches. These one-on-one sessions are 20 minutes long and filled with a series of guided movements meant to help lengthen and alleviate stress on joints and muscles. It is a fun way to get to know your body, honor your breath, and hold yourself accountable through each movement. Thai Massage requires an individual $30 registration fee and is available on a first come, first serve basis in person during Flow Fest.

Thai Yoga Massage Therapist Gao Yang is licensed through the North Carolina Board of Massage as well as Bodywork Therapy. She completed her 225-hour instructor training through Holy Yoga and has additionally received a Masters-level certification at SVG Thai Massage Training Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gao also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, focusing in applied wellness and nutrition of the body.

SUP Yoga

When: September 22, 11:30 am
Location: Catawba River
Type: Elevated Add-ons
Instructors:
Michelle Miller

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. SUP Yoga is led by a local certified instructor on flatwater. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class.

There will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee for non-passholding guests looking to participate. For Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but passholders must register for the class to secure a spot. Guests may register online via the links below, or at Guest Services and the Kayak Center. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system. Day of registration will be available as capacity allows.

Born in Canada, Michelle’s love for movement, exercise and being outdoors began at a young age through professional dance. Her passion is to connect with people and share her knowledge and experiences to help those on their path of self-discovery and personal growth. She believes in the benefits of hot vinyasa flow and mixed power flow to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and the possibilities within the physical body while exploring the power of breath and the mind. Michelle teaches power yoga, hot yoga, rocket yoga, SUP yoga and is a certified RYT with Johnna Smith from Y2 Yoga. She recently finished her 150 hour Rocket Yoga progressive Ashtanga certification with David Kyle, Patrick McCleaf and Jaimis Huff Flynn. Michelle enjoys bringing her love for yoga onto the SUP board with playful, core building, arm balance practices while connecting with nature and the divine.

Meditate and Move

When: September 22, 12:30 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Carianna Hebert

Join us for Meditate and Move: a mind, body, and soul awakening class led by Carianna of The Remedy. This practice features a combination of breath work, movement, and guided meditation as an access to liberation and transformation. Meditate and Move is a fear and stress releasing practice. In drawing awareness to our automatic patterns of thinking, acting, and reacting as we are confronted on our mats, we are given the opportunity to acknowledge and suspend our limitations. This practice is suitable for all levels and perfect for wherever you are in life.

Carianna Hebert is a life coach, mediation leader, and spiritual entrepreneur passionate about supporting humans to maximize their potential.

Sanskrit the Language of Yoga

When: September 22, 12:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops

This workshop will demystify pronunciations, spellings, definitions, and deeper meanings of yogic terms that you hear, say, read, and sing. This class will also touch on the power of sound by exploring the language of yoga.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. received doctoral training at University of California, Santa Barbara and in India, and has taught at UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, and The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. As founder of Sanskrit Revolution, Marcy teaches Sanskrit, yogic speech, history, and philosophy at studios and festivals nationally. Drawing from her academic background and twenty-five years of practicing yoga, she creates classes that illuminate the language and culture of yoga, deepen people’s knowledge, and inspire personal growth.

Vinyasa Flow and Mythology

When: September 22, 12:30 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Victoria Martinez

Mythology Flow features a powerful myth from the yoga tradition. Myths are powerful tools that can help us see both our human and divine nature. We will explore and re-tell this story through a strong Vinyasa practice infused with devotion, mantra, mudra and “Lila,” a sense of playfulness.

Victoria is owner and founder of Chakra Flow University which opened in June 2018. Victoria gained her 200-hour YTT from world-renowned yoga center Laughing Lotus NYC directed by Dana Trixie Flynn. Along with her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has also received certifications and qualifications from Laughing Lotus NYC in Restorative Yoga, Super Sequencing, Hands on Assists, Chakras Intensive, Energy & the Subtle Body Intensive, Inversion Intensive and Ayurveda 100-hour training. Victoria teaches at Bijou 5 Yoga, Carolina Yoga, OKRA, and Vinyasa Arts. Her mission and passion lay in the ability to share these ancient practices and sciences with her students and to empower them to gain optimal health and well-being. She will also begin teaching a YTT program at the Whitewater Center in August 2019.

Power Vinyasa (Mabon Theme)

When: September 22, 1:00 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Emily South

Coinciding with the Autumn equinox, this practice combines a Mabon theme with a fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow. Students will focus on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration on cleansing the body and calming the mind. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.

Emily has completed 300 hours of instructor training, including Baptiste Level 1. Her practices involve playful elements and challenging poses, interwoven with her comedic personality.

Deep Stretch

When: September 22, 1:00 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Brittni Milner

Deep Stretch is a practice for easing the body and mind. It begins with a short-grounded flow to gently warm up the body, followed by increasingly passive poses held for a longer amount of time to fully allow your muscles to relax and stretch. This practice will leave you feeling unwound and calm.

Brittni is a traveling Floridian with a full-time job as a consultant while teaching yoga on the side. Some of her favorite activities outside of yoga include traveling, spending time outdoors, and drinking tea.

Yoga Foundations

When: September 22, 2:00 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Ashley Culler

Yoga Foundations is a practice that is well-suited for first time yogis or those looking to re-center their practice. This practice will focus on the core movements and techniques that build a strong yoga foundation.

Ashley has her 200 hour YTT from YogaOne and has been teaching for about two years. She currently teaches at Inner Peaks and two rehabilitation facilities.

My Best Spotify Playlist – Yoga Music Workshop

When: September 22, 2:00 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops
Instructors:
DJ Taz Rashid

Join DJ Taz Rashid for a workshop on how to build a yoga music playlist. Learn how to breakdown your classes in a simple way, and easily build your favorite music into any practice whether it’s a high intensity Vinyasa, or a mellow Yin, restorative class or to your personalized yoga style. This class touches on how to hone your instinctive listening and intuitive teaching skills to “mix beats”, how to make smooth transitions throughout your classes while developing the role of music in your yoga classes, and how to utilize music to enhance your teaching. This class is suitable for all yogis but highly recommended for teachers.

DJ Taz Rashid has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, piano, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to source energy and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, and Bali Spirit Fest while sharing the stage with global acts such as Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, MC Yogi, DJ Drez and Guadi.

DIY Rain Barrel

When: September 22, 2:00 pm
Location: Adventure Pavilion
Type: Elevated Add-ons

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has partnered with Coca-Cola Consolidated to offer rain barrel workshops at Flow Fest. Each rain barrel workshop is a hands on, do-it-yourself opportunity to build a 40-50 gallon rain barrel suitable for use at your home or place of business. Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use such as on lawns, gardens or indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and it’s free water for use in your landscape! Participants will be provided all of the materials and tools to create their rain barrels and painting supplies will be provided to decorate them any way you choose. At the end of the clinic, you’ll go home with a beautiful, unique, functional rain barrel.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a local, community based group located throughout the 26-county river basin that dedicates time, talent and treasure to ensuring the protection of the Catawba Wateree River. The goal of the foundation is to sustain plentiful, clean water for generations to come.

Intro to Acro

When: September 22, 2:30 pm
Location: Deep Water Solo Lawn
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jason Kierce

In this class you will learn the basic moves of Plank, Bird, Bow, Folded Leaf, Hippie Twist, Side Star, High Flying Whale, Throne and Should Stand before stringing them together in a sequence. Acro is an adventurous way to learn and experiment with a different version of yoga. No experience necessary.

Jason Kierce has been an avid yoga practitioner for nearly 15 years. After graduating Yoga Teacher Training at Y2 Yoga in May of 2015, Jason founded Charlotte Acronuts. Now with the same passion he has for yoga, he holds weekly Acro Jams.

Laughter Yoga

When: September 22, 2:30 pm
Location: Ridge Pavilion
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Jill Johns

Laughter Yoga combines deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises with intentional childlike playfulness exercises to create a unique experience. Release endorphins, elevate your heart rate, and find euphoric joy that will leave you smiling inside and out.

Jill Johns is both entrepreneur and yoga teacher. After quitting the corporate world, surviving breast cancer, and raising four kids, Jill integrates her practice with a high dose of self-care and empowerment. Jill is also the co-host to podcast The Pause Button 2.0 and founder of a mindfulness resource and retreat center.

Art of Yogic Speech

When: September 22, 3:30 pm
Location: Conference Room D
Type: Workshops

Drawing from yoga traditions, this class focuses on how to achieve clarity and maintain dignity and mutual respect during in-person and social media communications on sensitive, charged topics. Cultivate the art of disciplined speech to help repair our world.

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. received doctoral training at University of California, Santa Barbara and in India, and has taught at UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, and The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. As founder of Sanskrit Revolution, Marcy teaches Sanskrit, yogic speech, history, and philosophy at studios and festivals nationally. Drawing from her academic background and twenty-five years of practicing yoga, she creates classes that illuminate the language and culture of yoga, deepen people’s knowledge, and inspire personal growth.

Slow Reggae Flow

When: September 22, 3:30 pm
Location: South Ridge
Type: Yoga
Instructors:
Rose McIntyre

Slow Reggae Flow is an easy flow for all levels. This style is designed to revitalize and restore your body, calm the mind, increase energy, and reduce stress while practicing poses to reggae music. This is an excellent class style for students who would like to experience play and exploration.

Rose McIntyre is a RYT 500 yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist. She has been in the health and fitness industry for 30 years and believes yoga should be practiced every day on and off the mat.

Chakra Flow

When: September 22, 4:00 pm
Location: River Jam Stage
Type: Yoga

Chakra Flow is inspired by the ancient energy system of the Chakras. These 7 energetic wheels are responsible for different physical and mental/emotional attributes in our lives. This Vinyasa practice has some of the elements of power yoga, a strong and vigorous practice, but also spends time on the mat exploring more intricate and subtle asanas. The whole experience is infused with powerful music, deep devotion and a sense of light-hearted play. Be warned that you might leave glowing of all the colors of the rainbow.

Victoria is owner and founder of Chakra Flow University which opened in June 2018. Victoria gained her 200-hour YTT from world-renowned yoga center Laughing Lotus NYC directed by Dana Trixie Flynn. Along with her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has also received certifications and qualifications from Laughing Lotus NYC in Restorative Yoga, Super Sequencing, Hands on Assists, Chakras Intensive, Energy & the Subtle Body Intensive, Inversion Intensive and Ayurveda 100-hour training. Victoria teaches at Bijou 5 Yoga, Carolina Yoga, OKRA, and Vinyasa Arts. Her mission and passion lay in the ability to share these ancient practices and sciences with her students and to empower them to gain optimal health and well-being. She will also begin teaching a YTT program at the Whitewater Center in August 2019.

DJ Taz Rashid has been producing and part of creating mindful events globally over the last few years. As a musician, he plays guitar, piano, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to source energy and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Yoga Journal Conference, Wanderlust Festivals, Arise Festival, Bhakti Fest, and Bali Spirit Fest while sharing the stage with global acts such as Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Nahko Bear, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, and Guadi.

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