ONE Whirl Yoga Fest 2012

July 30, 2012  •  1 Comment

Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Yoga is happening everywhere in Pittsburgh these days, and Whirl Magazine thought it was time to bring all of us together for the first ever ONE Whirl Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo at Point State Park. 

Yoga classes and workshops began at sunrise, AKA 6 a.m.

IMG_4696 IMG_5447 Five different tents hosted the participants of classes and workshops, each named for popular yoga poses.

IMG_4717 Basic meditation was also included for those who wanted more of a mental challenge. With the construction noises everywhere, this wasn't easy.

IMG_4707 Zeb Homison, of Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, hosts his backbending workshop in the Up Dog Tent. 



The Prayer Tent's Ashtanga Yoga class, taught by Leta Koontz of Schoolhouse Yoga.

IMG_4841 IMG_4929 IMG_4955 IMG_4964 Everyone had very different yoga mats, which made for a cool rainbow effect in higher-traffic yoga classes. 

IMG_4969 IMG_4983 Sherry Baptiste hosts the "Baptiste Power of Yoga" workshop.

IMG_5095 Some classes were so popular that participants' mats extended beyond their designated tent, but that didn't slow anyone down.

IMG_5177 Yogis in attendance, reading WHIRL magazine.


I kept an eye on Zeb Homison, of Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, throughout the event and caught him in some unbelievable poses. He recently won the silver medal at the 2012 USA Yoga Asana Championship. It's an honor to have him as part of our yoga community.  

IMG_4751 IMG_5575 IMG_5466 IMG_4742 IMG_5289 Other types of wellness exercise were also offered at the festival, including Pilates, taught by Linda Dishart of Fitwell Studios

YogaFest_Combo1 IMG_5268 Jim Donovan, founding and former member of Rusted Root, hosted a Drum Chant & Energy Workshop, in which participants were given drums and asked to mimic his rhythmic pattern of drumming. 

IMG_5357 IMG_5441 Chanting was a big part of it, too. The ancient practice brought members of the yoga community together to activate energy from within. 

IMG_5507 IMG_5531 This woman was so into the Drum Chant & Energy workshop that she left the circle and began dancing out into the open space beyond the tent. 

IMG_5627 IMG_5632 The Power Yoga class, taught by LA Finfinger and Stacey Vespaziani of South Hills Power Yoga, was quite possibly the most attended class of the day. 

IMG_5640 IMG_5652 IMG_5679 - Version 2 My favorite shot of the day. Everyone in this row just nailed this pose.

IMG_5689 IMG_5660 Some fun Down Dogs.

IMG_5732 Yoga with Weights: Baptiste Method.

IMG_5826 IMG_5917 IMG_5919 IMG_5836 Drums Alive, taught by Lauren Chanadet of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, taught this drum-playing, dancing, aerobics class.



Bhavana Mehta, of the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, taught Beginner Yoga in the later afternoon for this crowd, shown in boat pose.


Meghan Moran of Fitwell Studios taught this upbeat Zumba class in the Wheel Tent. 

If photos representing your class or workshop are not pictured, I was probably either in your class doing yoga myself, or in another class at that time. I was able to successfully complete 3 classes on Saturday, but the rest of the time I was shooting photos!

A Special Thanks to These Participating Studios:

BYS Yoga

Schoolhouse Yoga

Yoga Flow

Moonglow Yoga

South HIlls Power Yoga

Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh

Fitwell Studios

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh


(c) 2012 Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC 



1.Marsha Cassel(non-registered)
What a fun day.. makes me more zen-like and flexible just checking out your pics..... nice job.
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