View Our 2019 Teachers

Keith Mitchell


Keith Mitchell is a former All-Pro NFL player turned Celebrity Yogi, a Motivational Mindfulness Coach, Holistic Health, Fitness and Wellness Advocate, Community Activist, Humanitarian and Founder of the Light it Up Foundation.


2019 Class Description:

On Saturday Keith will be featured as our Keynote Speaker, a free lecture from 1-2pm at Performing Arts Center. Come learn about his experience in the NFL, then reinventing and healing himself after devastating injury.

Special Post Festival Session with Keith on Sunday, October 6, 2019!

10:00am – 12:00pm – Keith Mitchell – Restorative Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop - Tickets on Sale Now!

Shannon Liebel


Shannon started her career path as a Clinical Counselor after she received her MA in 2008. During her MA program, she was the team director of a competitive gymnastics program. In her youth, Shannon trained in artistic and acrobatic gymnastics. When she discovered yoga in 2005, it was the perfect balance of the mental work she enjoyed in Psychology and the physical movement of the body that she loved in gymnastics. Shannon completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Yax Yoga Concepts in Virginia Beach, VA in 2013 and has been teaching ever since. She received her 300 Hour Teacher Training with Beyond Bryce in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2018. Her teachers during her 300 hour training included Dice Iida-Klein, Briohny Smith, Honza Lafond, Claudine Lafond, and Mathieu Boldron. She strongly believes in the connection between mind, body, and soul, and this reflects in her Vinyasa style teaching. She loves the constant movement of the body in Vinyasa and feels that it helps us to find strength within and bring awareness into the present moment. Although arm balances and inversions are offered in her classes, modifications are always provided to make practitioners of every level comfortable during their practice.

Instagram: @shannonlyoga

2019 Class Description:

On Saturday Shannon will offer two classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival 2019. Join her for Vinyasa – Open Heart Yoga at 11am for a heart expansive and opening practice. At 2:30pm Shannon will share a little taste of the Sunday morning follow-on workshop with a delightful Intro to Yoga Playground: Arm Balances & Inversions. 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!

Special Post Festival Session with Shannon on Sunday, October 6, 2019!

10:00am – 12noon – Shannon Liebel – Yoga Playground: Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop

Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser

Teachers & Musicians

Lemia is a passionate artist and teacher – sharing her love and devotion to oneness consciousness with the world in a field of unconditional gratitude. She brings a blend of soft vocals, groovy percussions, healing didgeridoo melodies, and bowls, gongs, and chimes to her yoga classes and live concerts. Lemia is dedicated to serving all life through music and Divine Spiritual Wisdom with compassion, grace, and an open heart.

Lemia Astarabadi is passionate about spreading the message of Love through Naam Yoga, Shakti Naam, Medicinal Essential Essences, Holistic Health, Live Music, and Kabbalistic Astrology. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Harmonyum Practitioner, Birth Doula, Singer/Songwriter and Percussionist in “The Conscious Groove”, and is a Certified K-8 Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. Lemia utilizes her diverse background to bring a universal approach to self-healing in all of her classes, workshops, and trainings. Her deep connection to Mother Earth and love for music and sound therapy has been an inspiration for Naam Yoga & Shakti Naam set to live music with essential oils. In 2013, she co-created the first “Love Takes Flight Festival” in Irvine, California. As a member of the Naam Yoga Teacher Training Team, Lemia is committed to sharing this transformational and heart-opening practice with all who come to learn.

Joshua is a practical spiritual lover of music and yoga. He loves to share with all people the positive effects of sacred sound through guitar, drum, native flute, Tibetan bowls, and voice. His intention is simple: collective community consciousness of love via music and heart to heart communication.

Joshua Bowser is a Holistic Health Practitioner, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, and Naam Yoga 1, 2, & 3 Instructor, and a Harmonyum Healing Practitioner. Joshua graduated from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in the spring of 2007, and has since been on the path of truth and healing through Naam Yoga, meditation, Harmonyum Healing, nutrition, plant medicine, massage therapy, and laughter. He is an enthusiastic teacher and is passionate about health, the environment, and the conscious evolution of all life, and he shares his passion for teaching as a member of the Naam Yoga Teacher Training Team. In 2013, he co-created the first “Love Takes Flight Festival” in Orange County, California. Joshua is a rhythm guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band, “The Conscious Groove“, and believes that music is the greatest example of how to flow and find harmony and joy in life.

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2019 Class Description:

Two classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival with Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser with LIVE music with "The Conscious Groove"

11am – 12noon – Front Hall at Performing Arts Center – Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser – Mystic Medicine Circle with "The Conscious Groove" - Please join soul and sacred sound musicians, Shakti Naam Yoga teachers, and advanced Aromatherapists, Joshua and Lemia, for a unique journey into the heart of the inner mystic. Experience nature through medicinal aromatherapy, connect two energies guiding your primary planet, vibrate the Naam with your own unique and healing voice, and receive vibrational healing through ancient indigenous sounds of the gong, crystal didgeridoo, crystal singing bowl, Tibetan singing bowls, and the Native American Flute. This sensory experience is a guided journey into remembering your strengths and empowering you to a line to the highest frequencies available for health, Love, abundance, and joy. This workshop include sacred plant and tree essence anointing, wisdom of the Laws of Nature, live music, sound bath, mantra meditation and so much LOVE!

3:00pm – 4:45pm – Front Hall at Performing Arts Center – Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser – Shakti Naam Yoga with Live Music from "The Conscious Groove" and Aromatherapy - Raise your voltage and turn into your Shakti vibration with this transformational experience. Naam is the frequency that connects us as One. Get ready to chant breathe dance and shift into your highest potential. With the guidance of the plants and the trees this experience will send you to a mystical and magic portal of the heart. Open and expand your entire Being with Shakti Naam Yoga set to the live rhythms of The Conscious Groove and anointed with the very powerful Wisdom of the Earth medicine. All levels are welcome!

Christa Smith


Christa Smith is a lifestyle coach with a desire to help busy people achieve their health and fitness goals.

Though her full-time profession is in television and film production, she’s always had a passion for fitness. In 2012 she received her 200-hour yoga instructor certification, and has taught traditional Vinyasa yoga, Yoga sculpt, Cycling and Barre.

As most women Christa found herself at her heaviest weight after the birth of her son. It took her nearly 5 years, but on her 30th birthday she finally decided to refocus on herself and her fitness journey. She began to get involved with online fitness accountability groups and started to see results quickly.

She realized she could take her various experiences, both failures and successes, and pay them forward. By combining a balanced diet, Yoga, HIIT and cardio she believes people can obtain their healthiest physical body.

However, Christa doesn’t solely believe that a physical change is enough to reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She encourages individuals to find their "tribe" as well. Christa achieved her best fitness results after participating in an online challenge group. Since then she's hosted and facilitated many of her own.

By refocusing her mindset Christa has been able to shift her life towards a more positive and uplifting state of being. Through her work as a lifestyle coach she hopes to help others do the same for others.


Instagram: @christajanine

2019 Class Description:

1:00pm – 2:00pm – FREE CLASSES. Registration still required. Happy Trails Under the Trees – PAC – Vinyasa Power Yoga with Focus on 7 Chakras Connection. In this one hour power yoga class we will explore each of our bodies 7 chakras by building upon each throughout the flow. We will touch on the benefits of each chakra and how they effect your daily life both on and off your mat.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – FREE CLASSES. Registration still required. Eagle’s Nest – PAC – Advanced Vinyasa Flow. This advanced vinyasa flow with incorporate complex transitions and both arm balance and inversions in the flow. The flow will focus mainly on building core strength and incorporating breathe to further deepen poses and hold inversions for an extended amount of time.

The Conscious Groove


We are thrilled to have The Conscious Groove back at Big Bear Yoga Festival! The Conscious Groove is a band of harmonious gypsies that travel around and spread loving vibrations through sound ancient mysticism rituals and prayers for individual and global healing. Vibrating positive lyrics and mantra from many different traditions and belief systems, The Conscious Groove serves to spread the frequency of love and devotion helping listeners connect to the creative life force that lives within the heart. Move & groove to fun and uplifting rhythms while chanting as one with commUNITY and raising your frequency to new heights with The Conscious Groove.

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The Conscious Groove will be sharing their positive music and vibes during two classes at Big Bear Yoga Festival with Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser AND for our community sharing and dinner on Saturday night! Come dine with The Conscious Groove!

11am – 12noon – Front Hall at Performing Arts Center – Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser – Mystic Medicine Circle with "The Conscious Groove"

3:00pm – 4:45pm – Front Hall at Performing Arts Center – Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser – Shakti Naam Yoga with Live Music from "The Conscious Groove" and Aromatherapy

5:00pm – Dinner with The Conscious Groove – Guided Meditation, Live Music with Conscious Groove, and Vegetarian Meal Together in Lodge Gathering Hall – Advanced registration required! Very limited number of tickets available. Come join us and break bread together and share in community! Music and community starts at 5pm, dinner at 5:30pm.