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Apr 8-11, 2016
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Yoga Conference

Special Events

Community classes, inspired talks, morning meditation, acro-yoga demos, happy hours and much more.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.




Friday | 8:00am - 8:30am
Morning Meditation with Alan Finger

Open to all.


Friday | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Inversion Immersion: Foundations of Flight with Kat Fowler

Inversions teach us about our inner strength, courage and our innate joyfulness. We will dissect the alignment of these postures (including variations of handstand, headstand and forearm stand) and investigate potential obstacles so that we are set up for success, proceeding safely and with confidence. Students of any level are welcome, as this workshop provides foundational in-depth instruction and guidance. Let go of fear and learn to approach inversions with greater power, ease and play. It’s time to fly!

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Friday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Finding and Sharing Space: Opening Internally , Opening to Community with Erica Barth and Crystal McCreary

We will focus on our breath, body, and inner awareness, finding the space within our own bodies. We'll then explore how we share space with community, and can expand our breath, intention, and energy towards our community.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Friday | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Yoga Philosophy 101: Meet the 8 Limbs of Yoga with Danielle Diamond

Yoga on the mat rocks, but what happens when you can't practice asana? Luckily there are seven other limbs of the practice, which guide you to lead a purposeful life, and they're just as satisfying as nailing a handstand. Learning to act with positive intention, consistently live in the present moment and practice gratitude on a daily basis will change the way you view the world, and have you constantly seeing the glass as half-full. Warning: Practicing all 8 limbs might just make you the happiest person you know!

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Friday | 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Happy Hour in the Yoga Market! Meet the LIVE.BE.YOGA Ambassadors!

Join us for Happy Hour in the Sangha Space for the kick off of our Live Be Yoga Tour, and meet our tour ambassadors Taylor--an adventure-seeking yogi, traveler, and storyteller from Los Angeles and Tarah--a food-lover, photographer, and yoga teacher from Seattle.”

Wine provided by Natura.


Friday | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
An Evening with Gabrielle Bernstein: True Power

Join New York Times bestselling author and speaker, Gabrielle Bernstein for her talk entitled, True Power. This engaging, two hour presentation will amplify your intuition and deepen your connection to yourself and to the world. Gabrielle will share her favorite techniques to combat our most common problems--from anxiety and addiction to burnout and resentment.

Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, Gabrielle offers up spirit-based principles, meditations, and practical tools to help you release all the blocks to your True Power. Expand your inner wisdom. Amplify your intuition. Become a magnet for miracles.

Here’s what you can expect:
• An inspirational talk where Gabrielle will help you tap into your greatest source of power; your presence. Tapping into this power will help you turn your visions into your reality.
• Group guided meditations where you’ll walk away feeling a sense of peace and positive shift.
• Q & A where you can ask Gabrielle anything.
• Book signing following the event.

$35 for YJ LIVE attendees; $50 for general public. Click here buy your ticket.




Saturday | 5:00am - 7:00am
Raise Your Vibe: Kundalini Sadhana with CarolAna Dimopoulos

learning journeysSadhana, a practice throughout various forms of yoga and spiritual traditions, is a powerful practice used to achieve your life’s purpose, clearing negative vibrations and karma so we can reach our highest potential. Through a powerful combination of movement, meditation, and mantras (chanting) Sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments and coming decades. 

Open to all.


Saturday | 7:00am - 7:30am
Morning Pranayama and Meditation

sivanandaPranayama is the regulation of the breath and the control of the vital forces of the body (prana). One who can control the prana can also control the mind and destiny. Come explore the theory and practices of various breathing techniques that balance, clear, and calm the mind preparing us for meditation.

Open to all.


Saturday | 10:00am - 11:00am
Baptiste Power Flow with Bethany Lyons

Fuel your inner fire at this invigorating class, which mixes it up with creative variations on the signature Baptiste “Journey into Power” sequence. Get ready to roar on and off the mat as you recharge your mind, fire up your core, stimulate your body, get present and empower the possibilities of each pose moment by moment. Guaranteed to make you sweat & leave feeling fully rinsed and rejuvenated.  

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga for Every Body, Every Joint, Every Day with Gwen Lawrence

Join Gwen Lawrence, yoga instructor to some of New York City's top professional athletes, in this challenging all levels class to loosen up, feel, breathe and have a blast. Gwen will emphasize warming and opening of all your joints and share some of the ways she teaches and motivates athletes to shine.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Prenatal Yoga: Exploring Prenatal Yoga for Teachers and Students with Deb Flashenberg

Discover the graceful fluidity of a prenatal vinyasa practice. This class is perfect for the pregnant student or the teacher interested in learning safe and effective modifications for all stages of pregnancy. Pregnant moms, please bring 2 blocks if possible.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Bhava of Sweetness with Bryn Chrisman

There are customs for entering a holy place or temple that scientifically cultivate the mood of humility, a master key to unlock the nectars of that place and receive the benefits in your being. Secret doors open and sweetness flows when we approach our asana practice with this same sense of humility, curiosity and appreciation. We will approach the asanas with the mood of appreciation, climb into our bodies' many hiding places, and discover a way of moving that it as once humble and powerful.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sound Off + Deep Flow Yoga with Lindsey Valdez and DJ Panic

Deep Flow Yoga brings breath and beats together with a guided vinyasa flow and deep house music. Immerse yourself in the beauty and motion of yoga with a pair of Sound Off™ noise-isolating wireless LED headphones, which let you hear the instructor at the perfect level while the DJ takes you on a sonic journey. Emerge from a circuit of classic poses, working all muscle groups, feeling aligned, strengthened, and awakened. Join mind, body, and beats.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mala Meditation with Beth Barmettler

silver and sageHave you heard about the benefits of meditation but thought it wasn’t for you? Or have you been meditating for years? Maybe you’re somewhere in between. No matter where you are in your practice, all are welcome to join Silver & Sage for an afternoon of breaking down exactly how to use a mala for meditation. The Silver & Sage team will discuss the benefits of meditation, the significance of mala beads, how to use them for mediation and why Silver & Sage malas are more than just your traditional beads. This all-levels class will be a blend of discussion, light movement and guided mala meditation.

Open to all.


Saturday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Going Global: Simplify Yoga Retreat Planning and Give Back to Local Communities

learning journeysTravel can change the world. The dream of becoming a traveling yogi is within your reach if you view the concept as a business. Creating a strategic plan will help clarify your vision to attract what you really want. Exotic journeys are not as complicated as you think; in fact, it's a holistic growth of the yogic experience. Join CarolAna Dimopoulos, president of Learning Journeys and Global Wellness Travel Ambassador to learn how to raise your vibe, grow your business or practice, see the world, and give back through hosting or joining a yoga retreat.

Open to all.


Saturday | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Detox Flow: Transitioning Into Spring with a Kapha Balancing Class with Sarah Platt-Finger

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of life, which seeks to create harmony of the elements within and without. The transition of the seasons from winter to spring requires a “shedding” of all of the excesses we take on in order to reveal a more luminous, radiant, and revitalized self. In this class, Sarah Platt-Finger will lead you through a sequence of sat kriyas (purification techniques), bandhas (locks of energy) and asana (physical postures) to help detoxify the the physical and subtle body - leaving you replenished, renewed, and re-centered.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Powerflow Yoga Plank Challenge with Kristen Kemp: Win a Free Pass to YJLIVE NYC 2017!

How long can you hold a plank? Come to this challenge to get an inspirational talk and short vinyasa flow. Kristen Kemp from Powerflow Yoga will get your mind and body ready for this Plank Challenge. You are more powerful than you know! Come find out for yourself. Even better, come win a prize! Whoever holds plank the longest will win a free pass to Yoga Journal Live! in New York City in 2017.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Eating for Your Practice: Foods for the Mind, Body and Soul with Chef Shauna Keeler

silver and sageLearn what to eat, when, and why with Chef Shauna Keeler, MS, RD, as she discusses ways to better your yoga practice by fueling the mind, body and soul with healthy, calming whole foods.

Shauna Keeler is a Registered Dietitian with a MS degree in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She has experience working as a private chef, teaching both culinary and nutrition education classes, developing workshops, and creating tailored recipes—often with a vegan, gluten-free spin.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Saturday | 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Yoga Market Happy Hour + Fashion Show

Wine provided by Natura.

Open to all.


Saturday | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Sweat, Samadhi, and Soundbath

Designed by Yogairaj Sarah Platt-Finger and accompanied by Aya and Tyler’s live music and sound healing, this luxurious practice begins with an intelligent asana flow to help burn out the impurities trapped in the physical body. A series of relaxing restorative postures follow in order to calm the nervous system, sealed by a brief meditation led by Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger to quiet the mind. In this stillness, allow the sound of Aya and Tyler to wash over you. Experience outer and inner resonance as a means to lead you back to your source of pure potential – Samadhi – which is the true state of yoga.

$20 for YJ LIVE attendees; $30 for general public. Select “Evening Yoga classes only” to buy your ticket.




Sunday | 6:30am - 7:30am
Morning Run in Central Park

Join Laura Guccione, Creator of Yogawrap Spine Support, for an early morning run through Central Park! We'll have the place to ourselves - a rare opportunity indeed! The total loop can be up to 6-miles, but we can pace it to whomever is ready for a low key, post coffee run.


Sunday | 7:00am - 7:30am
Morning Meditation and Pranayama with Gopi Kallayil

Start the day by practicing pranayama and meditation with Gopi. Energize yourself through managing your prana--your vital energy-- using the power of your breath and regulated breathing techniques. Practice guided group meditation and find stillness in the body, silence in the mind, and spaciousness in the heart.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Sunday | 10:30am - 11:30am
Yoga and Meditation for the Busy Professional with Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing at Google and the author of The Internet to the Inner-Net: Five Ways to Reset Your Connection and Live a Conscious Life. With a career in the high-tech industry, his yoga and meditation practice has allowed him to integrate his inner and outer technologies. This workshop will include a short lecture along with a yoga and meditation practice that you can take into your work life to integrate your inner and outer worlds.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Sunday | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Spring Tune-Up: An Ayurvedic Yoga Flow with Larissa Hall Carlson

Pop into the Sangha Space for a fun-filled Ayurvedic yoga flow designed to cleanse the bodymind of any excess sluggishness. Experience a spirited practice featuring belly-toning twists, waist-lengthening side bends, and inventive posture variations that stoke digestion, boost immunity, and evaporate mental clutter. This community flow will lift your spirits and get your system ready for spring!

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Sunday | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Your Vibrant Life with Leah Cullis

You've discovered the rejuvenating power of yoga, now it is time to expand and create wholeness in all areas of your life. What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? Stop dwelling on restrictions, and “why you can’t” and discover the simple nutrition & lifestyle choices and that will empower you to reach your peak vitality. You will learn daily practices for more energy through the 7 pathways of food, movement, thoughts, play, love, rest and connection. Explore how all areas of your life are connected and how by adding in more energetic fuel you can begin to truly live your most vibrant life.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.


Sunday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Yoga Explosion: A View of the Yogaverse from 70,000 feet and Lessons from the Yoga in America Study

Most recent data from the Yoga in America study confirmed that yoga is booming--36.7 million strong. Yoga practice and yoga practitioners are also changing. What does this mean for yoga teachers, studio owners, and those who want to understand this growing community? What will the future of our industry look like? Who will be practicing yoga and who and why will some teachers and studios be successful while others fail? How are current trends at the federal and state levels of government going to affect yoga teachers, and studios? What role should Yoga Alliance play? What's the deal with Yoga Alliance's "policies" and "advocacy"? What the heck are they doing with all the money? Join Andrew Tanner for a presentation and dialogue on the role of Yoga Alliance, and the ever evolving American Yoga Sangha.

Open to all.


Sunday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
My Best Playlist - Yoga Music Workshop

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, or restorative class. DJ Taz will show you how to hone basic listening and intuitive skills to mix beats and make smooth transitions in your classes. You will walk away feeling more confident about your music selections, how to expand and use your music library efficiently and make your best playlists yet. Highly recommended for teachers but anyone can attend.

Open to all.


Sunday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Secret is in the Flow with Kenny Frisby

The key to feeling free is to tap into the source of continual flow within ourselves. In this Community class, Laughing Lotus' Kenny Frisby will guide you on a liberating journey of body and soul. Get spiritually turned on with Kenny's signature crafty flows, juicy beats, and generous nature. This class is open to all with a passion to be more happy and free!

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Sunday | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Closing Flow with Domenic Savino

Join Yoga Vida's Domenic Savino on a journey towards new beginnings at this closing event. Celebrate and envision all that you are and all that you can become in this powerful Vinyasa flow class. Illuminate your spirit, boost your own internal fire, honor your heart's desires, and flow into your highest potential.

Free and open to all. Click here to save your spot.