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.
Five different tents hosted the participants of classes and workshops, each named for popular yoga poses.
Basic meditation was also included for those who wanted more of a mental challenge. With the construction noises everywhere, this wasn't easy.
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.
Everyone had very different yoga mats, which made for a cool rainbow effect in higher-traffic yoga classes.
Sherry Baptiste hosts the "Baptiste Power of Yoga" workshop.
Some classes were so popular that participants' mats extended beyond their designated tent, but that didn't slow anyone down.
Yogis in attendance, reading WHIRL magazine.
ZEB'S POSES OF THE DAY
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.
Other types of wellness exercise were also offered at the festival, including Pilates, taught by Linda Dishart of Fitwell Studios.
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.
Chanting was a big part of it, too. The ancient practice brought members of the yoga community together to activate energy from within.
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.
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.
My favorite shot of the day. Everyone in this row just nailed this pose.
Some fun Down Dogs.
Yoga with Weights: Baptiste Method.
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:
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