Here is the past line-up from 2018 - please check back as we are currently updating for Big Bear Yoga Festival 2019! Ren Rasa Yogamaya, E- RYT 500
TeacherRen Rasa Yogamaya is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance as a 500 Hour established teacher has been teaching for over 20 years and is a continuing Yoga presenter with the Bhakti Fest. She is also a writer, a syndicated columnist and the author of Eat By Color: Foods, Colors And The Chakras. She has studied under masters including, Yogi Bhajan, Swami Satchidinanda, Swami Anand Tathagat and Drunvalo Melchizedek who imparted to Ren the eastern practices of Kundalini, Integral Hatha, Tantra, Kama Sutra, Tao, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana and the ancient wisdom of The Flower of Life. Ren is one of a very few advanced Yoga teachers who practices and teaches from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, from The Yoga Korunta and is a natural channel for Universal Source.
Ren offers Private Sessions and Teacher Training for serious Yogis who wish to advance their practice and knowledge of Yoga. Her offerings include: Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Raja Vinyasa, Krama Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Chakra Life readings by scheduled appointment.
At the Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018 Ren Rasa Yogamaya will be teaching two amazing classes!
Raja Vinyasa Yoga: Raja, aka The “royal” path of Yoga, Yoga mental mastery, also known as “Astanga prep”, and Intermediate practice. Within the practice, Ayruvedic principles are presented and experienced: The current Sun and Moon cycle, the coinciding Chakras, Sacred Geometry, the Tattva-Lokas (the dimensions) and Mantra. The class begins and ends with meditation and includes 4 vinyasa (flow) and the current Sun and Moon cycle, standing and floor postures.
Introduction to the Yoga Korunta: The lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, The “father” of modern Yoga.
TeacherIf you are lucky enough to count Elizabeth Peregrina as teacher and friend, you are lucky! She is a vibrant, passionate, energetic, intelligent, kind, and wise being. Big Bear, Big Bear Yoga and Big Bear Yoga Festival is VERY lucky to have her as volunteer, friend, supporter and yoga teacher!
Elizabeth is a Veda Yoga Teacher, an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and Reiki Master Healer. She was the past Wellness Program Coordinator at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. She studied Ayurveda Wellness at Kerala Ayurveda Academy. She was a regular yoga teacher at Big Bear Yoga.
From Elizabeth, “My journey into yoga began through an injury, which lead me on a path to Hatha Yoga & Ayurveda. I’ve has studied two extensive programs that covered asana, Ayurveda, pranayama (breathing techniques), mantra, and yoga therapy. A unique style of teaching brings a light hearted variety of asana, pranayama, Ayurveda and meditation in every class. My intention is to integrate the sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda by guiding one in the process of healing, inner peace and balance. She began her yoga journey in 2005. Her devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivates her. Her emphasis is on mindfulness-creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life.”
Instagram at @queen_elisheba and @breathflowthrive
Tri-doshic Hatha Intermediate practice. Explore sun salutations as foundation, twist, seated, balance, breath exercises and meditation to end the practice.
TeacherCaitlin’s passion is to create a space for curiosity and the unfolding. She is a teacher, student, nature lover, and adventurer at heart. Caitlin has spent thousands of hours experiencing, studying, teaching, and training in all things therapeutic yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, and sound healing.
Caitlin traveled across the country from Boston to study yoga therapy in sunny San Diego and has been honored to study with some of the best teachers including (but of course not limited to) Leslie Kaminoff, Brian Dorfman, Nischala Joy Devi, Richard Miller, and Joe Barnett. She is a C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapy, 500hr E-RYT through Yoga Alliance, and a Wellness Advocate. Caitlin continues to bridge her therapeutic knowledge and practice into her education as a Dental Hygienist to help those suffering from physical, mental or emotional discomfort or pain.
We are beyond excited to have Caitlin teaching TWO amazing classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018! Caitlin a class designed for all levels. A therapeutic approach to the yoga practice includes breathing practices, movement/asana linked with the breath, and a guided relaxation.
TeacherAshley Yau is a spiritual counselor, energy healer, and yoga practitioner. Her goal in life is to spread happiness, positive thinking, creativity, and loving energy. Ashley specializes in creating an inviting yoga practice to help every spirit follow their life purpose. She believes life is a beautiful journey guided by the universe learning to connect the body, mind, and spirit. Ashley has deep gratitude to yoga for guiding her exploration of herself toward inner peace.
Ashley’s training is rooted in Ashtanga and has blossomed to include Aerial Yoga Certification, chakra balance, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and restorative yoga. She has been teaching various styles of yoga for 10 years after completing her training in Taiwan. Ashley also offers healing and guidance through Reiki, angel therapy, guided meditation, and breath work workshop. In the summer you can find Ashley teaching paddle board yoga on the lake!
Most importantly, beyond the physical discipline of yoga, Ashley offers Soul Counseling and Spiritual Guidance to everyone. Her passion and delight is guiding people along their inner journey to awaken their soul to their life’s dreams, challenge, and purpose. Using many resources Ashley provides support to connect with your Guiding Angels to discover your soul’s path.
Ashley Yau will be teaching two amazing classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018.
She will be offering a lecture on *Upgrade Your Belief System* and a divine guided *Shamanic Breath Therapy.*
For the lecture, Upgrade Your Belief System, she starts with the idea that we are all experiencing the experience we need. When we experience problems in life, feel frustrated and helpless. Please be grateful for the guidance for the message that emerged in our life and remind us to return to the belief system. Upgrade your views on health, family, money, feelings, self-worth, attitudes, reactions, and resetting.
The upgrade beliefs serve the new self-worth and relationship quality.
Each soul is endowed with unique talents to explore, learn and provide services in this world.
In this course, Ashley will take you through the process of reading the information in your life, returning to the belief system to review, releasing the restriction framework that is no longer suitable for serving you, and re-setting your life mode that you want to experience. Start your inner strength, make offerings for your day. For this class, it is a lecture and all levels are welcome.
Her second class is Shamanic Breath Therapy, a deep releaseing, awakening and transforming jouney with your awarenesss breath.
Please bring your eyes cover with your joinery.
TeacherChandra has been following her divine calling to serve others with the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation since 2015. KRI certified and registered with Yoga Alliance she has taught at various studios in the Orange County and Long Beach areas, volunteers every month at the Long Beach Nature Center, and is a regular facilitator at the Energy for the Soul Retreats.
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation: Opening the Heart
TeacherFrom Betsy, “A diagnosis of fibromyalgia gave me the incentive to come to yoga to help heal my body, mind and spirit. I was certified by my Guru through the Sajni Yoga Center in Bangalore, India. Other blessings along the way include co-founding Gita Yoga Learning Center where I have trained and certified several 200 and 500 hour yoga instructors, and provide continuing education units through Yoga Alliance. I was able to study with Dr. Larry Payne with whom I continued my education in POLY (Prime of Life Yoga) obtaining my POLY500 through SAMATA/LMU. I received my certification in Yoga Nidra with Dr. Marc Halpern (California College of Ayurveda) and most recently acquired my certification in Back Care Yoga (Vista Yoga Academy). My own body and health issues showed me that not only was I going to heal myself but that it was my Dharma to help others do the same. There is no greater joy than watching people leave our time together, with happy faces and lighter hearts. With that in mind I followed my calling even further obtaining my Reiki Master certification leading me to the world of energy healing.
I have been given the opportunity to study with some of the most amazing teachers. I have gathered wisdom from the masters to the ones who are not as well known. There is nothing quite as lovely as sharing everything they have given me to help others heal their bodies, their minds, their spirit by showing them the joys of finding and living their truth.
It is a blessing to serve and to be a part of a community of loving, caring healers.”
Betsy welcomes all levels in a journey enjoying Yoga Nidra Healing Meditation. Get ready to let go!
Jessica Waala & Cory Ostroot, ND
TeacherAs co-founders of The 2.0 Experience, Cory Ostroot and Jessica Waala serve and inspire others to be the best version of themselves and unleash their truest potential.
This power couple is deeply committed to transforming the world by transforming individuals through events, coaching, and private healing sessions.
Jessica Waala, RYT-200 is a self-love coach, yoga teacher, and breathwork healer. She is also the Co-Founder of The 2.0 Experience, a transformational workshop that unleashes one’s truest potential through the power of Breathwork. She has helped hundreds of people let go of their limiting beliefs to step into their power and confidence through her classes, workshops, and private sessions. Her own journey began in 2011 when she discovered yoga, meditation, and breathwork during Art of Living workshops. Through these practices, she found healing for past trauma, anxiety, and ultimately developed true self-compassion.
With her work at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism and teaching internationally, she knows her deep calling is to share these practices with millions, so that they may come home to themselves, and to inspire others to live a life they are in love with.
Dr. Cory Ostroot is a breathwork teacher, co-founder of The 2.0 Experience, and Naturopathic Doctor. His passion for healing began after his mother became ill and then was healed by a Naturopathic Doctor. He became inspired and started discovering natural ways to healing. He completed a Medical Degree in Naturopathic Medicine and extensive training in the herbal and injection arts. He became obsessed in the power of his own breath to heal his physical, mental, and spiritual pain. He met his anxiety with compassion and depression with self-love. Breathwork has been incredibly powerful in his life, and he wants to share it with the world.
The 2.0 Experience is a transformational workshop that will unleash your truest potential through the power of your own breath, producing life-changing results. Break free from what is holding you back, keeping you “stuck” in your life, and tap into who you REALLY are. It’s time to press your RESET button. You will learn tools that you can use for a lifetime, one of which is the #1 untapped tool you have — your breath.
This Breathwork is a guided two-part breathing technique that gets you out of your own head and takes you to the next level in your physical, mental, and emotional body. This is your opportunity to access the deepest part of yourself and find clarity and freedom you didn’t know even existed.
What you may experience: -Mind. Freaking. Blown. -Getting off the hamster wheel of “do more, be more, have more.” -Release of fear, self-doubt, and judgement -Ready to take on the world amidst life’s challenges -Ability to process emotions, stress, and trauma -Access to anything you frickin’ want in life. -Awakening to your purpose -Meeting like-minded badasses who are up to cool shiz -Relief from physical pain and suffering -Deeper connection to yourself and others -Pure bliss and feeling high on life!
When you change your breath, you can change your life. And the world. It starts within you.
Kim von Fremd
TeacherKim von Fremd has been an electric yoga instructor in San Diego since 2014. She specializes in a yoga sculpt and vinyasa flow that layers on breath work to the rhythm of music. Her classes will be sure to leave you feeling inspired and ready to live the best version of yourself. Kim lives by the motto of how you do anything is how you do everything!
Vinyasa Flow! – Lets flow with our breath to not only strengthen our bodies but captivate your mind. Class is geared toward Intermediate and Advanced Students.
TeacherSarai began with Pranic Healing® in 2009. A wife of an Airman and mother of 3 at the time, she used to experience high levels of stress and anxiety that often affected her quality of life. Her husband Rafael actually sought Pranic Healing® out as a means to helping Sarai heal and began practicing the teachings the very first night of class.
Immediately Sarai felt relief and soon after took the healing into her own hands and learned how to heal herself with Pranic Healing®. The two of them have become advocates for Pranic Healing® and meditation throughout the Inland Empire, working closely with schools, Veteran Centers, Mental Health Centers, and with community members looking for other means of taking care of themselves and their loved ones.
Class Description: Join Sarai for a mini session – Dine & Discover. Bring a snack or your dinner and join Sarai to learn about Pranic Healing.
Sukhmani with live music by SUKHA
Teacher & MusicianSUKHA BIO:
Sukha is Southern California based husband/wife team Sukhmani and Sukhman. Sukha exists to help people fall in love with the power and magic of mantra. They play their own blend of unique and modern “rock inspired” mantra music for classes, events and festivals and tour extensively usually with an eclectic mix of world-class musicians and instruments. Sukha is often a part of many of Sukhmani’s Kundalini Yoga classes. They usually include relaxing gong, bowl and didgeridoo sound healing as an added relaxation treat. Their critically acclaimed mantra album “Rise” was released in March 2016 and the band is almost finished with the follow-up, “Cusp”. They were on the 2016 Grammy® Ballot for Best New Age Album of The Year. Sukha is known for their high-vibration delivery to allow people to experience singing, sound, and mantra meditation in an accessible format for all.
Sukhmani, E-RYT, YACEP, has been practicing yoga for 20 years. Her passion for yoga grew exponentially when she began practicing Kundalini Yoga. Being an accomplished singer and songwriter who studied at Berklee College of Music, she was hooked by the rhythms and energy of the postures, music, and mantras used in classes. As she went deeper into the practice, she realized that Kundalini Yoga and Meditation is a transformational experience and sharing the teachings with others seemed like the natural thing to do. Sukhmani and her longtime musical partner/husband formed the mantra band, Sukha in 2011. Sukha’s mantra rock concept album “Rise” released worldwide in 2016 and Sukha has been touring the US doing concerts and workshops. Rise was on the Grammy® Ballot for Best New Age Album of the Year in 2016 and has received many accolades. Sukhmani utilizes sound and the sound current by incorporating mantra and chanting meditation in her classes (often with her band, Sukha) as well as the use of instruments such as gongs and tibetan and quartz bowls to help restore the intrinsic state of balance in the body.
We are beyond tickled pink to have this amazing team offer TWO classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018! In the morning, join them for Intermediate Kundalini Yoga with live music by SUKHA. Enjoy this ancient uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practice with Sukhmani and her critically-acclaimed mantra band, SUKHA. Kundalini Yoga incorporates physical movement to strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system as well as breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras to help process emotions and feelings, release stress, and help develop concentration and discipline of the mind.
In the evening join them for Mantra Experience with SUKHA. Learn about, sing and experience connecting with sacred mantras with critically-acclaimed mantra band, SUKHA. Elevate your spirit, open your heart and raise your vibration!
TeacherAngelina Ugalde is a school counselor by day and yoga teacher on nights & weekends. Angelina teaches a Beginners & Yin Yoga class at Inner Evolution Yoga in Redlands and loves connecting deeper with her students through workshops and off the mat coaching. Angelina intends to empower her students with skills to use both on and off the yoga mat to support them in their own healing journeys. You can find out more about her current offerings at au-yoga.com.
Intro to Yin Yoga class will be a slow, deep stretching yoga class aimed at bringing healing to the whole body with a discussion of the principles of yin yoga including the importance of finding your edge, time and stillness.
Teacher & MusicianForever a student and a teacher, Colin’s classes are equally inspired by his studies and his students.
His experience working with everyone from elite athletes to senior citizens allows for a dexterous and effective approach to his students’ needs. His supportive teaching style links the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin and Nidra methods so as to encourage comfort and stability, while still challenging students to progress in their practice.
With an eye towards alignment and the breath, Colin’s classes aim to advance concentration, body awareness and acceptance. Ultimately, Colin hopes to inspire understanding of the self and the occasional good laugh.
Colin is back for the Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018 to share The Yogic Approach to Slackline where he will guide you on this amazing sport and the use of slacklines to encourage balance, focus, and fun.
Teacher & MusicianMary is an artist, teacher, coach, and healer. She feels most alive and connected when she is hiking in nature, painting, sculpting, engaging in ritual and ceremony, dancing, making music, praying, meditating, and sharing inspiration with others. She believes the “time of the lone wolf is over” (Hopi prophecy) and we are being called to share our gifts and medicine with others and create a new way of relating with each other, with spirit, with nature, and with ourselves.
Join Mary at the festival. She is offering two amazing offerings at the festival. First, for an all-welcome mini lecture on Creativity as a Spiritual Path: Rekindle your inner flame, discover your gifts, overcome your fears, and share your medicine. An experiential session designed to inspire and empower people to know their value as expressions of the Divine and to creatively express their divinity. This is a special “Lunch & Learn” class – bring a snack or meal and join in community and learning!
Second, in the evening Mary will offer a workshop Creative Awakening Playshop. Do you have a song that is unsung? Do not transition from this world with your song still inside you. Mary believes that we all come to earth with unique gifts that are medicine for our communities. Her mission is to inspire and empower women to know their value as expressions of the Divine and to creatively express their Divinity.
Discover your Divine creative expression: Mary has designed a process for tapping into your creative Truth, discovering your Soul’s desire, valuing your unique expression and overcoming obstacles to share your gift with others. During this playshop you will learn about Mary’s process and we will explore creative exercises together. Now is the time to be more fully expressed and creatively share your Truth!
TeacherSamuel is a returning yoga teacher to Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018. He is a long time supporter, volunteer and friend. Passion and fun lead Samuel.
Sun Salutation Flow Workshop
TeacherBeing a first grade teacher by day – but a yoga teacher in the evenings and on weekends – has made Lisa masterful at breaking down and communicating the intricacies of yoga poses in a very clear, concise and transformative way. She promises not to speak to you like you are in first grade! However, as you move in and out of poses in Lisa’s class she will speak to you about the nuts and bolts of your body. Anatomy, biomechanics, postural alignment, and the beneficial therapeutic aspects of yoga are Lisa’s passion and are integrated into each class in a fun and informative way. Her focus is on helping students get to know the areas of their bodies that may be underused, overused, or otherwise abused, and move them toward balance.
Lisa has practiced and taught hatha yoga at studios around Redlands since 1998. An avid learner, she has received certifications from Erich Schiffmann, Anusara yoga, Śraddhā yoga, and Yoga Tune Up®. Lisa also draws regularly on other trainings emphasizing practices that align, heal, stretch, strengthen and stabilize. Her repertoire includes the unique therapeutic element of self-massage with myo-fascial release balls, to relieve tense or restricted muscles, and help you live better in your body.
Lisa views the physical practice of yoga as a way of moving toward deeper awareness in our bodies, which ultimately leads to deeper awareness in our hearts. “When we focus intently on our breath and physical bodies, our minds quiet to the other distractions that create veils over our True Self and what we deeply desire in our hearts.” With wit and honest transparency, Lisa brings inspiration and healing to her students by helping them look at all aspects of life with a practical, life-supporting philosophy, on and off the mat.
Yoga Moves (TM) – Breathe, Move, Improve. MOVE into and beyond the traditional poses of yoga with playful creativity, while exploring the body’s innate design for movement. Beginning each progression in a familiar yoga pose, Yoga Moves takes you from something you know and MOVES you into novelty. Yoga Moves is a “movement health” approach using FUN-damental movement patterns that carry over into better everyday living.
MusicianĀkāśavāni (Kathy Bolte and Christie Smirl) lead kīrtan (sacred chanting) throughout the U.S. and India. Their music is said to be soul-stirring, and is offered with passion and reverence. They offer a soulful, heart-opening exploration of sacred mantra, moving from meditative sweetness to a powerful uniting of ancient East with contemporary West.
Kathy plays guitar and both Kathy and Christie play harmonium. Their unique voices complement one another and at times offer sweetness, at other times express power.
They are joined by some extraordinary musicians – Eddie Young on Cello and Bass Guitar, Nick Young on Sitar, Blake Eldredge on Percussion, and Karen May joining in vocals.
Kīrtan is a blend of ancient mantras set to music, with chanting/singing done in a call and response manner. Ākāśavāni Kīrtan is a mix of ancient Eastern musical traditions combined with a contemporary Western groove. Join the band as they invite you to share in a soul-stirring array of chants that you can sing along with, allowing your voice to become one with the band. Come chant with us!!
Marcella Linn and Roxy Rovenger
TeachersBreatheTV is a YouTube channel created by experienced yoga teachers Marcella Linn and Roxy Rovenger. They created this channel with the intention of offering worldwide healing and clarity through the practice of mindful breathing. From their 20+ years of health and wellness experience, Marcella and Roxy have learned hundreds of breathing techniques that help benefit a range of health issues such as emotional trauma, sluggish energy, physiological disorders, spiritual connection, and much more. Marcella and Roxy will be discussing BreatheTV and why everyone should make a daily mindful breathing practice a part of their lives.
Class Description: Mindfulness Breathing Techniques. When you breathe better you feel better. This lunch timed lecture will be about mindful breathing. Roxy and Marcella will discuss specific case studies where mindful breathing techniques have helped to improved clients health.
TeacherKristen is fascinated by the power of yoga on and off the mat to heal, transform, enrich, and inspire. She appreciates that yoga strengthens and nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. Kristen’s classes have an emphasis on breath and intentional movement. Her passion is sharing the adventure of living yoga on and off the mat with her students and community.
Kristen is a 500 RYT with Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW program and is a certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. She has completed advanced coursework in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, integrative nutrition and health, and is a Master Reiki Practitioner.
Kristen co-leads retreats @soulrenewalretreats
Connect with Kristen at @Kristenm_yoga
Yoga for Managing Stress & Cultivating Wellness is an exploration of yoga poses, breath practices, mantras, herbs and essential oils that can be used to manage stress and help us cultivate wellness in our lives.
TeacherMichelle wears many hats. She is an elementary school teacher, a children’s yoga and mindfulness coach, as well as a Reiki Master Teacher/Crystal Healing Practitioner. She is the creator of a mindfulness and yoga training program for teachers to utilize in the classroom called The Heart Centered Classroom. She offers training to teachers on how to create a classroom that is heart centered through the practice of intention setting, mindfulness, cohesion practices, and yoga in the classroom. Her program encourages integration of all of these principles so that children will feel safe and nurtured in their school environment. Her hope is that students will learn life long skills to enhance their well being, leading them to connect with their own authenticity and enhance their learning. She is also the founder of Heart Centered Yoga For Kids in Yucaipa, which is a community based after school yoga club. In addition, Michelle is a Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Healing Practitioner, Astrology Coach, Wellness Adviser, Energy Artist and Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner. When she is not teaching, she is busy being mom to two growing teenagers. Michelle started her yoga healing journey several years ago after some challenging life circumstances. Yoga has been a a method for self healing that Michelle is now happy to share with others.
Michelle Lopez is returning to Big Bear Yoga Festival this year to join us in offering a great line-up for kids! She will be teaching two yoga classes, “Story time Yoga for Children” (School aged Children) and “Yin Yoga for Children” (School aged Children.)
In Story time Yoga for Children, Michelle will lead students in a story time yoga sequence that includes themes such as “Zoo Yoga,” “Once upon a time in a land far away…” and “Under the Sea” just to name a few.
In Yin Yoga for Children, Michelle will guide students through a series of yin poses for calm and relaxation. She will lead the students through a yoga nidra imagination journey into lands far away. Sound tools and singing bowls will be used to bring about a deeper state of relaxation.
MusicianMountain Devi plays Kirtan in the tradition of Bhakti yoga, using sacred song as the fuel of our emotions and as an expression of devotion and prayer. Our message is Unity, love, peace, and remembering the Divine presence that lives within us and within all beings.
Kīrtan! Come chant with us!
Janet Grace & Shaman Ziggy
TeachersShaman Ziggy is a Reiki Master, Quantum Touch Energy and Chakra healer who has lived many years in Russia, Central and South America where he studied the teaching of Buddhism, Shamanism and Indigenous story telling. He is a self published writer and teacher of the old indigenous way of healing through the colors of your Chakras by using your past life experiences to help guide you to your destiny.
Janet Grace is a Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker, Teacher & Author inspiring conscious people worldwide to push past their Fears and create a New Story from “Love” to live a life of deeper Passion & Purpose. She shares her dynamic & powerful processes to bring about Real Change as you Follow your Heart. LOVE is…the most powerful creative force in the Universe.
“Prepare your Path & Chakra Balancing” workshop which is a powerful process to clearing past life energy to empower your future. Shaman Ziggy will take us on a Past Life regression journey to release old, stagnant energy that is holding us back from living in our true power to deliver our unique gifts to the world at this time. Janet Grace will guide us through a Chakra Balancing session to remove any blocks in our chakras to open us up to living our whole, authentic Self. This class is a lecture with guided exercises. All levels and abilities are welcome.
Teacher & MusicianDr. Christie Smirl is a Doctorate of Ayurvedic Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science, Advance Yoga Teacher Trainer at HealthierVibrations.com, Reiki Master/Teacher, Published Author, Professor and Musician. After 25 years of hospital medicine she incorporates western and eastern sciences and arts to help individuals heal on every dimension. Her moto is “Heal yourself, Help heal another, begin healing the world.”
Join Dr. Christie Smirl and learn how Ayurvedic medicine can change your health. Ayurveda is the science of living originated in India over 5,000 years ago. In Ayurveda each person has a unique prakruti (body constitution) combined of the three doshas (physiological forces) called vata, pitta and kapha. Come learn how to guide your health through the seasons of life, seasons of the year and stay balanced through nutrition appropriate to your prakruti (body constitution).
Dr. Arezou Ghane
TeacherDr. Arezou Ghane is a health psychologist, yoga instructor, dancer, and founder of Auteur Health and Wellness. Her passion is to create abundant opportunities for wellbeing and intentional living through education, empowerment, and transformational experiences.
She completed her Ph.D. in Health Psychology from The University of California, Riverside. She now works in classrooms, yoga studios, and one on one as an educator and wellness coach. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow and her work has been presented at national research associations and published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including: Health Psychology Review, Psychology & Health, The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and Women’s Reproductive Health.
The Art of Flow – Connect to your body’s natural drive to move, linking the breath and intuition to get you out of your head and into your senses with an energetic vinyasa practice. This is an Intermediate Class.
TeacherTitanya Dahlin (EEM-CP) is an author, a multi-dimensional artist and a certified Waldorf education teacher. She is a nationally award-winning speaker, a professional storyteller and actress and a professional award-winning dancer and playwright. For nearly two decades, Titanya has worked closely with her mother… holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden, for most of her life. Early on, she created the popular Energy Medicine Dance, based upon her mother’s Energy Medicine work, bringing movement to a more conscious healing. She is on the faculty of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program and is the Movement Coordinator and leads amazing sacred ceremonies throughout the course. She also is one of the co-founders and teachers in the acclaimed Teach the Teacher program.
As a professional storyteller, actress and dancer, Titanya held international acclaim for her one-woman shows for years. She wrote and performed these shows, which featured transformational stories of suppressed women and powerful Goddesses.
Titanya created Five Element Belly Dance, in the 1990’s, to empower women in her dance retreats. For over two decades, Titanya and her sister, Dondi have taught The Five Elements through Belly Dance at popular retreat centers including Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana and Omega Institute in New York. As an expert in the Five Elements herself, Titanya is the co-author of The Five Elements with Dondi Dahlin, writing the awesome chapter on children and the five elements.
Titanya has her own world-wide following from her teachings and intuitive readings in Energy Medicine. She is a sought-after, professional expert for her deep work in the emerging field of Auric Life Colors. She uses her background of Waldorf education to create Energy Medicine for Kids Play-shops for both kids, their families and teachers. Titanya is in the process of writing the book, Energy Medicine for Kids: A Simple Guide for Children and the Adults Who Love Them, due in 2018 (Tarcher-Putnum).
More information about Titanya, her services, and her popular Energy Medicine products can be found on her website here:
Energy Medicine Belly Dance combines blissful movement with Energy Medicine. Energy Medicine is rooted in ancient healing and spiritual traditions. Energy Medicine’s most popular form was created by holistic health pioneer, Donna Eden, Titanya’s mother. Energy Medicine is used to heal and improve our health in subtle, non-invasive ways through the energy anatomy and the physical anatomy of the body. No experience necessary – all are welcome!
LoriAnn Bejarano, LMSW-ASW
TeacherFrom LoriAnn, “I am a Texas License Master Social Worker and a Clinical Associate Social Worker in California, who has worked extensively as a medical social worker since 1998 with patients and families facing a chronic and terminal illnesses by providing therapeutic interventions on honoring end of life process, regaining quality of life, living with grief/loss, and facilitating support groups. A common thread among many of my patients and their love ones was: losing a reason to laugh; and feeling confined and restricted from reconnecting to their inner joy and freedom. After becoming a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor in 2016, I pursued my Laughter Yoga certifications: Yoga Laughter leader and teacher, and have been incorporating the various techniques of found in Laughter yoga and Vinyasa Yoga to facilitate healing of the mind, body and soul. I continue to promote these methods in community settings, as well as, offering training and certification for those interested in spreading laughter and joy.”
Following along the concepts related to natural movement, dance, child-like joy, and breath, and guided by a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, Laughter Yoga is a delightful practice of intentional laughter. Each session includes the fundamentals of what is yogic breath, simple stretches and laughter exercises. Lastly, crowning the laughter session by a brief gratitude and meditation, similar to Savasana, aimed at being completely awake while being fully relaxed.
Some of the benefits of Laughter Yoga includes: increase blood flow, decreased cortisone levels, increase of endorphins, decrease stress levels, and promotes overall sense of well-being and even relieve pain. Prior yoga experience is not required, nor any degree of athleticism; only a desire to re-ignite a child-like laughter within oneself. Laughter Yoga sessions are a judgement free zone where one is encouraged to experience the full benefits of healing through laughter. All levels welcome.
Anni Dayan, Raquel Murphy & Misty Deneen
TeacherMisty Deneen, RN specializing in Pediatrics and Oncology. She became an aromatherapist after witnessing the benefits of essential oils with her patients. She saw the impact essential oils can have on emotions as well and wanted to treat the entire person body, mind, and spirit so became an Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner. Misty now teaches weekly online and in person classes to a team of over 19000. Misty not only teaches the safety and use of essential oils but also how to earn residual income with Young Living Essential oils doing what you love.
Do you feel stuck in some area of your life? Whether it is a career goal, finding or keeping a satisfying relationship, or living a life of passion and purpose, we all need to feel that we are moving in the direction of our dreams. Sometimes we all need an outside perspective, or we need help getting past things that we have struggled with.
Join certified instructors Misty Deneen, Anni Dayan, & Raquel Murphy as they walk you through The Aroma Freedom Technique. A step-by-step process and an entirely new approach to aromatherapy, one that uses the power of pure essential oils to instantly and irresistibly shift a person’s mental state, mood, and ability to take positive action. Through this process one learns how to identify what they really want in life, what is blocking them and how to release these blocks in a matter of minutes. All levels welcome.
TeacherBrian Shaheen is a friend of Big Bear Yoga Festival and gives with an open heart. Brian is an ERYT-500, and has studied under the inspiring Leeza Villagomez for 6 years. He completed his 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Leeza’s yoga school.
Here is what Brian shares, “After finishing my training with Leeza Villagomez, I was asked to be an assistant in her teacher training. I also have had the pleasure to study with Saul David Raye, Janet Stone and Shiva Rea. Yoga is more then just asana to me now; in the beginning I was attracted to physical benefits of the practice, now it’s just the complete mind body connection and how I view situations and my reactions. My training has really been focused on less is more, but also learning how the let go of the baby blanket and explore while being safe and conscious. I hope students that practice with me can just let go and drop expectations and really enjoy their inhales and exhales, while respecting where they are at in the moment with the heart open.”
Brian is sharing Ananda Prana Flow with us. This class shares teachings and practices that awaken and strengthen the flow of prana (life energy), and open the gateway to the infinite within. All levels welcome.
TeacherAlona Smith is a friend of Big Bear Yoga Festival, and has been with us since the first year. Here is what Alona shares, “I began practicing Yoga over fifteen years ago, yet I feel I have been practicing asanas (postures) since I was a child and before I knew these postures had names. A knee injury I received after running a marathon led me to my first class. There I received more than just a workout. It was spiritual and emotional and a sure introduction into what would then become my way of life.
My intentions as a teacher and as founder of the Anam Cara studio are to be compassionate, empowering, and inspiring, and to create a safe and fun environment where students can learn to listen to, honor and respect their bodies, achieve more balance in life, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. I believe that continual physical movement, meditation, mind/body awareness and good nutrition are the road to well being and happiness. I received my teacher training under Scott Miller at Western Yoga College. My classes emphasize a balance of strength and ease in the body, with attention to alignment and safety. I enjoy working with people of all ages, body sizes, shapes, abilities and genders, helping them feel comfortable with yoga and themselves.”
Alona is generously teaching two classes at the festival this year! For beginners, she is sharing a special Yoga Basics class. Designed just for beginners, she is teaching all of the fundamentals to feel comfortable in your first yoga class. She will talk about and demonstrate props, discuss terms you may hear and answer your questions. For all levels of student, she is also on the schedule to teach an Ashtanga Yoga Practice.
Teacher & MusicianKathy Bolte is a Yogāsana (physical yoga) & Nāda Yoga (Yoga of Sound) Teacher, Kīrtan Musician, Storyteller, Facilitator of Wisdom Circles, Published Author, International Lecturer. She teaches Yoga, Sanskrit, Vedic Mantra, Mantra Japa and other sound based practices.
Kathy was awarded the prestigious Athena Award in 1988, given by the International Athena Foundation, for opening doors of leadership opportunity for women. Her commitment to women has manifested itself in 20 years of leading women’s wisdom circles in which she guides women to explore the path of Śakti – the sacred feminine. Through stories, mantras, visualizations, journaling and meditation, she facilitates a process of tapping into the deeper meaning and purpose of life to activate the currents of the Divine Feminine.
Kathy has produced three albums, available on iTunes, Amazon Music, CD Baby, and Spotify: “Wakefulness”, a kirtan music album released in 2017, “Śāntipāth The Road to Peace”, a meditation album, also released in 2017, and, in collaboration with her musical partner, Dr. Christie Smirl, her most recent kirtan album, “Ākāsavāni – Sounds from the Heavens”, released in January 2018.
Mantra Yoga for A Joyful Spirit
This class is an intermediate level Hatha yoga class in which we will open our spirits to an expression of joy as we combine physical yoga poses with Vedic Mantra for a transformational experience of movement and sound. This practice will remove any darkness of spirit, obliterate delusional thinking, and awaken us to our profound connection to All That Is.
TeacherJackie is a registered yoga teacher in Southern California specializing in offering community classes that bring together new yoga enthusiasts as well as seasoned yoga lovers. Her background is endurance sports of triathlon and swimming and she has been a coach for 18 years. She currently resides in Ocean Beach where she is a loving wife and dog mom.
Jackie will guide you in Outdoor Yoga in a special Yoga for Beginners class. Enjoy stretching and moving in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains.
Kirpal & Radha Khalsa
TeachersKirpal and Radha Khalsa were direct students and members of Yogi Bhajan’s direct staff. Studying yoga for more than 45 years, they are great examples of the positive effects of living a yoga lifestyle. Neither are certified, and both are senior level teachers. They are knowledgeable and have much to share in the fields of Kundalini Yoga, Tantric Numerology, vegetarianism and nutrition, western metaphysics and Yogic Lifestyle in the Age of EMFs, martial arts and sword fighting. They have a diversity of knowledge and passion!
We are thrilled to have them return to teach at Big Bear Yoga Festival 2018!
Kirpal and Radha are also adamant supporters of the Big Bear community.
Kirpal and Radha are sharing two classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival this year. Join them for a special new “Dine & Discover” session. Bring a snack or your meal at 5:45pm and come for a Kundalini Yoga Discussion with Questions & Answers. Have you wondered why they wear white? Or wrap the head? Is Kundalini Yoga a religion? Come with your questions! Immediately following at 6:30pm they will explore Metacognition and the Science of Kundalini Yoga.
TeacherShannon in joining us all the way from Nevada! She currently lives in Stateline, NV and is the owner of Still Water Yoga Lake Tahoe. She is active in her community and offers specialty classes in collaboration with many local businesses in the tourist town of South Lake Tahoe, CA. She has offered Yoga & Beer classes with one of the local breweries, Beach Yoga with local hotels, private events for some of the local hotels, arm balance and inversion workshops, and alignment workshops to name a few. Shannon completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Yax Yoga Concepts in Virginia Beach, VA in 2013. In her youth, Shannon trained in artistic and acrobatic gymnastics, and she brings the playfulness of the sport into her practice. She strongly believes in the connection between mind, body, and soul, and this reflects in her Vinyasa style teaching. Although arm balances and inversions are often offered in her classes, modifications are always provided to make practitioners of every level comfortable during their practice. Shannon’s classes are intended for all levels of yogis, encouraging practitioners to challenge themselves while listening to their bodies., and following their breath.
What??? YOGA PLAYGROUND!!! This mostly intermediate class will be a Vinyasa flow structured around teaching arm balances and inversions. We will have a gentle warm up preparing us for multiple variations of different arm balances, and eventually end up upside down in inversions! Modifications are offered throughout the class so that practitioners of every level get the sense of flying, and get to enjoy this playful side of yoga!
NEW CLASS on the schedule with Shannon! Yoga Twists: Unwinding Twists (Bring blocks and straps if you have them.) Experience the amazing benefits of yoga twists, including improved digestive function, maintain normal spinal rotation, reduce back pain and de-stress!
Teacher & MusicianMichael Garrity (Swami Turiyananda) has been teaching yoga since 1981. He studied at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger Bihar India as well as with teachers in the U.S. He has also studied psychology and has a master’s degree with a thesis focused on East/West psychology. Although he has taught and still teaches classes in asana, the physical posturesof yoga, his main emphasis is on dhyana yoga or meditation. He also leads group kirtan, devotional singing.
Mindfulness Meditation with Tibetan Bowls and Lotus Drum – Come bliss out in the morning and enjoy the ancient sounds of relaxation and awaken the spirit!
TeacherElaine is a certified Yoga instructor and a fitness fanatic. Her passion is teaching Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow Yoga. She loves to share Yoga with beginners and veterans. She teaches Yoga all over Mexico and the Caribbean. Her classes are for all levels and infused with fun.
Elaine Slivka began her Yoga practice 46 years ago on the recommendation of her Doctor. The practice inspired her to teach and began her interest in all aspects of healthy living. She teaches Yoga in Yucaipa at Reps for Life 5 classes per week and loves to travel. She has formally taught at LA Fitness, YMCA and Senior Centers. Her experience has given her the opportunity to do 3 or 4 teaching vacations a year.
From Elaine, “Yoga is a magic pill it just takes an hour a day to take the pill. Over three ears ago I started hiking with one of my students that leads hikes with the Sierra Club and I love it. I am a senior Yogi and my inspiration is the Worlds oldest Yoga Teacher Tao Porchon Lynch. It I was blessed to teach with and spend some time with her in Jamaica. Proof that we can enjoy strength and flexibility for the entire length of our lives.”
Elaine will be teaching a morning Hike and Yoga / Outside Yoga class perfect for all levels. Bring your walking shoes and yoga mat and come explore the mountains of Big Bear with Elaine!
Find Elaine on Facebook at YogaElaine and Healthy Eating Cooking Classes.
MusicianAlec Johnson is a classically trained guitarist from Big Bear, CA. Although his roots are in classical music, his artistic ability ranges throughout a multitude of various genres. Alec can provide therapeutic meditation music, formal jazz, and acoustic performances.
Alec’s intention with music is to facilitate a space for listeners to enjoy beautiful music while consciously acknowledging the automatic cognitive processes that are developed by the perceptions of our experiences throughout our upbringing. Alec creates a space where the listener can reprogram and/or refine less than proactive thought patterns, as well as design completely new paradigms.
Alec will be sharing his amazing music outside at Big Bear Yoga Festival in the afternoon.
Donna Eden & David Feinstein, PhD
For nearly four decades, Donna Eden has been teaching people how to work with the body’s energy systems to reclaim their health and natural vitality.
Donna is among the world’s most sought, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for Energy Medicine. Her abilities as a healer are legendary. She has taught more than 100,000 people worldwide, both laypeople and professionals, how to understand the body as an energy system.
Able from childhood to clairvoyantly see the body’s subtle energies, she not only works with those energies to further health, happiness, and vitality, she has made a career of teaching people who do not see energies how to work with them— joyfully and effectively.
Donna’s classic book, Energy Medicine, is the textbook in hundreds of healing classes. Available in 18 languages, it won golds in both the U.S. Book News and Nautilus competitions, and her most recent book, The Energies of Love, achieved best-seller status on the NY Times Relationship List. From her clairvoyant-like ability to see the body’s energies, she has developed a system for teaching others, who do not have this gift, to nonetheless work effectively with their own energies.
Donna offers exciting, empowering, invaluable classes that consistently exhilarate and amaze her audiences. More than 1,100 practitioners are certified “Eden Energy Medicine” practitioners and are, in any given month, teaching hundreds of classes and providing healing services to thousands of clients around the world. Many of Donna’s students are physicians, nurses, and other mainstream health professionals, and she is widely referenced in the alternative health field. She has been a consultant or guest speaker in numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations.
David is a clinical psychologist and a pioneer in developing innovative therapeutic approaches, leading to nine national awards for his books on consciousness and healing. He and his wife, Donna Eden, have built the world’s largest and most vibrant organization teaching energy medicine. Their latest award-winning book, The Energies of Love, achieved best-seller status on the NY Times Relationship List. David has served on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Antioch College, and the California School of Professional Psychology.
David received the 2002 “Outstanding Contribution” Award from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (and again in 2012), the U.S. Book News Award for the Best Psychology/Mental Health Book of 2007, the 2015 “Outstanding Leadership” Award from the Canadian Association for Integrative and Energy Therapies, and the Infinity Foundation’s 2013 “Spirit Award” (with Donna) for their contribution to “the evolution of consciousness” and its “impact on society.” A licensed psychologist (Oregon), he has contributed more than 100 articles to the professional literature.
Donna and David are our guest speakers and will share Eden Energy Medicine with you.
Energy Medicine is Powerful Medicine!
-Lessen aches, pains, illness, and disease
-Create deeper happiness, satisfaction, and contentment
-Increase focus, clarity, and productivity
-Renew balance, harmony, and well-being
-Improve overall health and longevity