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2019 Event Line-Up

Presenters

Alicia Rambo | Introduction to the Katonah Practice: Magic in the Palm of Your Hand

Alicia Rambo, Easton Yoga, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
One is when you descend. Two is when you ascend. Three is when you traverse. Four is when you ascend. Five is when you mediate. Six is when you put your foot into it. Seven is when you’re rising. Eight is when you come around it. And nine is when you achieve it. And ten, you put it together.

In this 75 minute Intro we will play with practical magic of the magic square that is central to the Katonah Yoga Practice as a way of moving current and encouraging connectivity though the hands. The hands & wrists are the portal to the collar bones & neck as well as the heart & lungs. There will be individual and partnered work.

Easton Yoga owner, Alicia Rambo has been teaching Applied Embodiment for almost 18 years and blends the practical and the magical in her classes to help her students connect through the breath, body and the mind. Use fluidity and form Alicia is inspired to find continued joy through effort and ease of the practice.

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Alicia Rambo is the Owner & Creative Director of Easton Yoga. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Trainer, & Mentor, and she is a Certified Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coach. Having taught vinyasa and restorative yoga for almost 13 years, Alicia’s classes are educational and insightful, yet playful. Backed by her years of yoga practice and self-study, she embodies a peaceful and intuitive teaching style. Alicia's classes will refresh your soul and inspire you as she leads you through a varied flow of movement merged with intention, breath, alignment, strength, ease, flexibility, balance, and grace. She embraces qualities such as trust, self-love and care, creating a well-spring with which to develop a strong and life embracing practice on the yoga mat or out in the world. She has been inspired by Sean Johnson, Max Strom, Laughing Lotus Yoga, Ellen Pfeffer, Abbie Galvin & Melissa French (Katonah Yoga) Jivamukti Yoga, and Gaea Yoga.

EastonYoga.com

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J. Brown | Gentle is the New Advanced

J. Brown teaches Gentle is the New Advanced at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster J. Brown is leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices. J’s offerings are at once both a revolution and a return to the ancient roots of yoga. His approach is largely inspired by the teachings of TKV Desikachar and is geared towards feeling well and lessening of pain.

This is J’s signature offering that he has given to thousands of students and teachers around the world. In this gentle approach, we are making the body strong and flexible — but we go about it in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. The sessions will consist of both a short lecture/discussion and a practice, It is suitable for any level of experience or physical ability.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation.

JBrownYoga.com

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Erica McHugh | Ashtanga

Erica McHugh, Ashtanga, Emmaus Yoga, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Erica McHugh has been teaching yoga in the Lehigh Valley since 1998 and currently owns and operates Emmaus Yoga. She was drawn to Ashtanga after experimenting with other styles and classes for several years. She believes that we are always students, we should never stop learning and trying new things, and that any type of yoga is all part of that path. When taking an Ashtanga class with Erica, students can expect some fun changes worked into the traditional practice. One of the reasons she loves to teach yoga is to help others manage stress through the movements and breathing during practice and believes that this benefit of yoga can be carried into other parts of life.

Erica started teaching 40-hour teacher trainings in the mid 2000's which has evolved into the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered training that she currently offers through Emmaus Yoga

EmmausYoga.com

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Mark Moliterno | YogaVoice

Mark Moliterno, voice teacher, yoga teacher at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Mark is an award-winning professional singer, voice teacher, yoga teacher, IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, workshop leader, and author. He is a thought-leader in the area of 21st Century vocal pedagogy and a master teacher of both singing and classical yoga. Mark was introduced to yoga in 1985 when he met and studied with Larry Payne, PhD in Los Angeles at Samata Yoga. Over the years he has studied and practiced Viniyoga, Classical Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga and subsequently became an E-RYT500 and Comprehensive Yoga Therapist through the YogaLife Institute of Pennsylvania. In 2016, Mark received the credential, "IAYT-certified yoga therapist", from the International Association of Yoga Therapists and in 2017 he was credentialed as a Prime of Life Yoga® (POLY) instructor. Mark's yoga teaching style is unique and balanced, with detailed attention to the coordinated, responsive awareness of breathing, physical alignment, and mental focus.

Mark is the originator and founder of YogaVoice®, a unique training method that blends yoga and user-friendly vocal techniques to help people uncover their free and authentic voices. A sought-after clinician, Mark teaches workshops at professional conferences and gatherings internationally.

TheYogaVoice.com

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Erica Taxin Bleznak | Yoga

Erica Taxin Bleznak, Fascia Freedom Yoga, Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Erica Taxin Bleznak, MSW, CYT began practicing yoga in 1986 in the Asthanga Yoga tradition until she met her Primary Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll in 1992 and complete her yoga teacher training in the Pranakryia Yoga teaching tradition.

Erica coned-owned Jai Yoga Studio of the Mainline for 7 years until its closing and opened Main Line Yoga Shala in Narberth in 2016. Six years ago, she created a teaching curriculum for a Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program that allows students to utilize the wall as a prop for alignment and refinement, as well as a way to strengthen and deepen in the vinyasa practice. Erica travels frequently presenting at festivals and studios across the country, as well as hosts retreats internationally. Erica believes that if we can meet the practice with patience, curiosity and breath that the it will deliver us beyond the ways the mind has held us captive and reveal our inherent freedom.

EricaTaxinBleznak.com

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Bhante Dhammawansha | Meditation

Bhante Dhammawansha, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Born in 1958 in the district of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Bhante Dhammawansha told his family, at a very young age, that he wished to become a monk. Bhante entered the monastery in Kandy and was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk at the age of 16. After ordination, Bhante continued his education at the Buddhist University where he received a B.A. degree in Buddhism, History, Ethics and the languages of Sanskrit and Pali (the language of the Buddha).

After doing missionary work in Scandinavia and Australia, Bhante traveled to the United States in 1996 for a personal retreat. While here he decided that he would stay in the US and continue the teachings of Buddha. Thus, the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society was formed in Clearwater, FL with the mission to make the 2600 year old teachings and meditation practices of the Buddha available to people on the west coast of Florida.

Bhante Dhammawansha conducts Buddhist counseling, engages in social and interfaith work and presents Dhamma talks to college and high school students, mental health professional as well as drug/alcohol rehab centers in Florida, other locations in the United States, and, around the world. In addition to regularly scheduled meditation practice and retreats, Bhante Dhammawansha is also conducts private counseling and discussion. His quiet, kindly nature makes him accessible to all and an inspiration to many.

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Ravi Hari Kaur | Kundalini

Ravi Hari Kaur, Janice Bourdage, Kundalini, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Janice (Ravi Hari) Bourdage, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker, holistic psychotherapist, and 30+ year veteran Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor. She considers herself fortunate to have studied directly with Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan, as well as other “first generation” KY teachers. Yogi Bhajan instructed his students to become ten times better than him as a teacher. This is Ravi Hari’s legacy and hope for her students--that they may go on to become teachers and humanitarian guides in their own right, set the bar ever higher, and, in sharing their divine gifts, help to make this world a better, kinder, and more compassionate place for all living beings. With her background as a writer, professional modern dancer and performance artist, mental health professional, and animal rights advocate, Ravi Hari brings to her classes an ecstatic appreciation of life in all its diversity, as well as a love of movement, rhythm, words, and the workings of the human mind.

JaniceBourdageCounseling.com

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Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla | Ayurveda

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Shekhar Annambhotla is an ayurvedic specialist who was trained in India and has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Ayurveda is not just a system of alternative medicine, but is actually a comprehensive and ancient science of health. It is Shekhar’s belief that due to the open nature of ayurveda and its timeless principles, it is a boon to those of us living in the modern, stressful world. Shekhar’s mission is to educate and help people live healthier lives with ayurveda. He began his eight-year course of study in ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India and then at Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat, India, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a certified pranic healer and a Reiki Healer.

Since 2002, Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) (www.aapna.org). Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA.

Ojas.us

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Sheetal Contractor | Mindful Modern Practice of the Yamas & Niyamas

Sheetal Contractor, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
This will be an interactive participatory workshop. After an explanation of the 'yamas' and 'niyamas', everyone will receive a handout of questions that cause them to reflect on how each of these ancient principles can be mindfully practiced on a daily basis in their modern lives.

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Have been teaching yoga since 2001. I began by teaching group classes in a variety of environments and my work has evolved into yoga-based wellness coaching for individuals and in group programs. I have taught yoga classes and presented at the yoga festival in the past. I am a RYT-500 as well as a LMT.



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Satya Murthy | Heartfulness Meditation

Dr. Raja Abbas is a Panelist at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Class Description:
Heartfulness Meditation is a simple, practical technique that you can use alongside to any other form of yoga, meditation or spiritual practice. In a few minutes, you will learn how to truly relax and feel the lightness and joy of your true nature. You don’t need to know how to meditate or to believe in a system or philosophy. The Heartfulness technique shows us to gently turn our attention towards our heart and experience that inner presence for ourselves. This is your invitation to experience this unique practice.

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Satya learnt yoga at an early age from his parents in Mysore, India. Living in the USA, Satya reconnected with yoga 20 years ago when he got tired of the Gym routine and discovered Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. In 2009, as a complement to the very physical Ashtanga yoga, he started Heartfulness meditation practice. The meditation practice has helped him to simplify his life, overcome fears, develop acceptance and a sense of gratitude. In 2016, Satya became an authorized trainer in Heartfulness meditation and started the Clinton Heartfulness meditation meetup to share this simple but effective spiritual practice in the local area. Satya teaches meditation on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.

EN-US.Heartfulness.org

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Hilary Smith | Qigong

Hilary Smith is at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing modality, which translated, means “cultivating the life force”. Through breath awareness, posture, mental focus and gentle movements, qi (energy) is increased and circulated throughout the body. This life force can then be directed for improving vitality, self -healing, and health enhancement. In this class we will practice old and new qigong techniques to cultivate qi, cleanse the organs, open the joints and bring the mind, body, and spirit into greater harmony. No previous experience is necessary, and the movements can be easily adapted if need be, so all participants can reap the full benefits.

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Hilary Smith, RN, began practicing the martial arts in 1989 during her career in nursing. She found the principles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong merge health benefits from eastern and western medicine to bring out the best of both worlds. As an expert instructor she encourages her students to find a gentle balance between the mind, the body and the spirit. Since 1994 Hilary has taught Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. She notes, “Watching the evolution of a student from beginner to accomplished tai chi practitioner is why I continue to teach.” The most current research in health and longevity shows the best outcomes are achieved when there is a balance between one’s mind, body and spirit. “Since tai chi affects all these areas, I can think of no better way to help serve the health of my community than to teach these arts.”

www.hilarysmithtaichi.com

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Denise Garcia Brady | Yoga

Denise Garcia Brady, at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival on July 13, at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
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Denise Garcia Brady, E-RYT 500, owner and teacher of Creative Actions Yoga. Her journey began while learning to coexist with personal health issues. Yoga helped her to get back to a healthier life, inspiring her to become a yoga teacher. Denise has her 500 hour yoga certification, as well as personal training and group fitness certifications.

CreativeActionsYoga.com

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