Schedule

 


Time Friday April 29th
Sessions
Saturday April 30th
Sessions
Sunday May 1st Sessions
6:00am – 7:00am Shanell Vaughn (Shantidevi) “Hanuman Chalisa”
Bill Ingham -Sunrise Meditation
Shanell Vaughn (Shantidevi) “Hanuman Chalisa”
Sylvia Hayward-Harris – Sunrise Meditation
Peter Rehmer – Sunrise Meditation
7:30am – 9:30am 1. Alex Hasselkuss “Yoga Pose Foundations”|Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track |
2. Saul David Raye “The Power of OM ~ Sacred Sound Healing Experience” | chanting & meditation
3. Sukhdev Jackson of Aykanna “Foundations of Power for Women: Part 1” | yoga, meditation & chanting”
4. Todd Crews “Expansion with Extension” | yoga & breath”
14. AYKANNA “Kundalini Yoga & Mantra Class” | yoga & chant Master Class”
15. Peter Sterios “LEVITYOGA: Practices to Rewire the Subtle Body”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
16. Alex Hasselkuss “Enhance your Stamina Practice
17. Peter Rehmer “Essential Meditation” | Meditation
28. Peter Sterios “Longevity & Fitness: Practices for Mind and Body Vitality”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
29. Kirsten Agar Ward “Work In not Work Out! Finding your inner peace in backward extensions” | yoga
30. Peter Rehmer “Essentially Easy Ashtanga” | yoga
31. Gillian Motyer “Restorative Yoga”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
8:00am –

9:00am

5. Trish Alexander “Aqua Kriya Yoga”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track 18. Trish Alexander “Aqua Kriya Yoga”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
11:00am-

1:00pm

6. Sianna Sherman “Ignite Magic – Mythic Yoga Flow® Myth, Mantra, Mudra & Magic” | yoga, chant & energy”
7. Elaine White “Yoga and The Body Electric” | yoga & energy
8. Sukhdev Jackson of Aykanna “Foundations of Power for Women: Part 2” | yoga, chant & meditation”
9. Jim Beckwith “Mantra, Magic, Song and Stories: how following your dharma becomes a gift to yourself and others” | talk, music
19. Saul David Raye “Soul and Soma: Awakening the Power of Inner Flow & Rejuvenation in Yoga” | yoga, tantra & ayurveda
20. . Sianna Sherman “AGNI – Fire Flow Backbends, Pranayama & Vision” | yoga & breath
21. AYKANNA “Conscious Relationships & Mantra” | Relationships, chant & meditation
22. Shanell Vaughn “(Shantidevi) “Inner Light Yoga” | yoga”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
32. Saul David Raye “Earth Prayer” | yoga, breath and chant
33. Elaine White “Gentle Yoga” Argus
Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
34. Todd Crews “Smoothing, Soothing, Settling” | yoga
35. Peter Sterios “A Lifetime of Learning: Yoga as Service and a Profession” | talk
1:00pm – 2:00pm 23. Jaya Butler –  “Beginner’s Free Community Class”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
2:30pm – 4:30pm 10. Peter Sterios “GRAVITY & GRACE: The Healing Power of Surrender and Intuitive Response | yoga & healing
11. Sianna Sherman “SOMA – Nectar Flow Hips, Mantra & Meditation” | yoga, chant & meditation
12. Trish Alexander “Bermuda Blend”Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
13. Saul David Raye “Nectar of the moon: The power of deep relaxation, intention and meditation” | Deep Relaxation, chant & meditation
24. Sianna Sherman “Phoenix Power Arm Balances, Chanting & Heart Tribe Connection” | yoga
25. Saul David Raye “Untying the Knots of the Heart: Healing Yoga & Meditation” | yoga & meditation
26. Kirsten Agar Ward “Quieting the Ego Noise & Listening to the Self” | yogaBermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
27. Peter Sterios “Pranayama: The Texture, Sound, and Rhythm of Breath” | breath |Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner TrackBermuda Yoga Festival Beginners Track
4:45pm-6:15pm Christina Frith “My Body My Soul: Ecstatic Dance”
Christina Frith Concert – 7:30pm – 9:30pm Michelle Rafferty & Sean Caisey “Kirtan at 7:00pm – 7:30pm
AYKANNA 8:00pm-10pm

Bermuda Yoga Festival 2016 Beginner workshops Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track are sponsored by the Argus Group. The workshops are for first-time beginners, those with limited experience, those who want a more gentle practice, or more seasoned yogis who want a check-in with their body-architecture in basic poses.

Friday April 29th 6:00am – 7:00am

Shanell Vaughn (Shantidevi) “Hanuman Chalisa”

Early morning recitation of the 40-verse hymn, Hanuman Chalisa, which describes the life and exploits of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Sri Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj said, “Every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is a maha mantra (great mantra).” It begins with the phrase, “I take the dust of the Guru’s lotus feet to cleanse the mirror of my heart.” In these morning sessions, we will honor Hanuman, embodiment of that aspect of Divine energy that is pure love and selfless service.

Sunrise Meditation – Bill Ingham

Friday April 29th 7:30 – 9:30am Session 1 – 4

Session 1. Alex Hasselkuss “Yoga Pose Foundations” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
The expert in anything was once a beginner. This class will give you clear and safe alignment instructions for foundational yoga poses in a welcoming and supportive environment. Lay the groundwork for your continuing practice as we cover a range of yoga poses, including standing and seated poses, twists and backbends. You will learn how to use yoga props and how to modify poses to account for physical limitation or minor injury. This class is designed for beginners, but equally an excellent opportunity for more seasoned yogis to check in with their architecture in basic poses.

Session 2. Saul David Raye “The Power of OM ~ Sacred Sound Healing Experience” | chant, meditation
OM is the Source, the Unity of all things. It is the Primordial, cosmic sound current, present at the beginning of creation and continues to vibrate as the essence of all things. OM gives life, energy and sustenance to all of creation. In this class you will understand the deeper meaning of OM and how it relates to the practice of Yoga, different states of consciousness and is the essence of all energy forms. The chanting of Om revitalizes the body, calms the mind, nourishes the soul and connects back to the Infinite source within. Session will include some lecture, meditation and chanting of the sacred syllables of OM – AUM and how to use the mantra for self, other and cosmic healing. You will experience something beyond words. AUM

Jim Beckwith (Hanuman Das)
Jim will be bringing live music to this session 2 workshop. He is an accomplished musician, songwriter and teacher. Jim’s music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti – the great yoga of the heart.

Session 3. Sukhdev Jackson of Aykanna “Foundations of Power for Women: Part 1” | yoga, meditation, chant
Exploring and reconnecting with the innate power that woman is a living prayer. Her word creates worlds. Her prayer is ongoing and manifests itself through her projection. Using the tools of Kundalini Yoga, meditation and chanting, we reconnect to our natural state of Being and tap into our power to heal and manifest. Discover and apply the foundations of power and what it means to be living from your intuition, on purpose, sharing your gift and celebrating your life! Heal your body, emotions and traumas and help others do the same. This two-part workshop will help you to unlock your creative power and deliver you to your potential. Walking as a living prayer, align with your destiny to experience success and power in all areas of your life.

Session 4. Todd Crews “Expansion with Extension” | yoga, breath
Expand your prana, your life force energy in this uplifting practice which includes standing poses, hip openers, back bends and pranayama. Create incredible transformation in your physical and subtle body through the practice of back bends as you explore your breath. Pranayama in these poses will create a heart opening that implores your being and gives you the opportunity to open fully as you bend backwards to lengthen and strengthen your spine. All Levels/Intermediate

Friday April 29th 8 – 9am Session 5

Session 5. Trish Alexander “Aqua Kriya Yoga” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Aqua Kriya Yoga is a wellness modality that aims to connect the body and breath, helping practitioners bring awareness and intention to their movements. By taking yoga off the mat and into the water, greater ease and stability can be experienced. This inclusive discipline has many benefits, including little to no impact on joints, especially knees, hips and ankles; improving balance issues, confidence, and awareness; weightlessness in the water allowing for joint access, muscle lengthening and organ toning; strengthening the pelvic floor and deep core muscles; and shedding more calories in less time due to the water’s resistance.

Friday April 29th 11am – 1pm Session 6 – 9
Session 6. Sianna Sherman “Ignite Magic – Mythic Yoga Flow® Myth, Mantra, Mudra & Magic” | yoga, chant
Ignite Magic in this dynamic flow of backbends where asana, mantra, mudra and heart fire vision unite in a sacred alchemy of yoga. Untie the knots of your heart and learn how to clear your back pain with biomechanics and clear intention. This progressive backbend sequence helps you to open your wings and say the most radical YES to the magic that is YOU! Backbends leading up to Urdhva Dhanurasana and Variations.

Session 7. Elaine White “Yoga and The Body Electric” | yoga
In this workshop we will explore how Yoga affects the body’s energy system. Using the earth’s energetic field to supercharge the crystalline matrix which is interwoven throughout our connective tissue. We begin to understand knowledge that yogi’s have handed down for millennia and view this in the light of cutting edge discoveries as scientists substantiate “The Body Electric.”

Session 8. Sukhdev Jackson of Aykanna “Foundations of Power for Women: Part 2” | yoga, chant, meditation
Exploring and reconnecting with the innate power that woman is a living prayer. Her word creates worlds. Her prayer is ongoing and manifests itself through her projection. Using the tools of Kundalini Yoga, meditation and chanting, we reconnect to our natural state of Being and tap into our power to heal and manifest. Discover and apply the foundations of power and what it means to be living from your intuition, on purpose, sharing your gift and celebrating your life! Heal your body, emotions and traumas and help others do the same. This two-part workshop will help you to unlock your creative power and deliver you to your potential. Walking as a living prayer, align with your destiny to experience success and power in all areas of your life.

Session 9. Jim Beckwith “Mantra, Magic, Song and Stories: how following your dharma becomes a gift to yourself and others” | talk, music
What is your hidden talent? When will you accept it and give your gift to the world? Are you doing that or is fear holding you back? This workshop will lead you on a journey in learning to express your true self, the magic that shows up when you trust in the universe to provide. For Jim Beckwith, growing up in what felt like a barren cultural environment and feeling the need to find something more, he was moved to explore the healing and unifying power of sound and vibration. Following the path of music, he found his dharma, the essential character of his own nature, and his voice.

This mix of journeying and creative process combines for a rich experience in 90 minutes of sharing, including Jim playing and singing original songs, speaking about the lyrics, their meanings and inspiration, including tales of travel to Africa and its imagery; songs of Sufi wisdom, whirling dervishes and community; love and love lost, songs inspired by writings of others including Rumi and Joseph Campbell.

Friday April 29th 2:30 – 4:30pm Session 10 – 13

Session 10. Peter Sterios “Gravity & Grace: The Healing Power of Surrender and Intuitive Response | yoga
In any stage of life, our physical bodies will have periods of injury or compromised mobility. By design, the practice of Hatha Yoga equips us with tools to overcome limitations resulting from these periods, and build strength to restore agility without pain. In this workshop, guidance will be given, in very clear and concise ways, to sharpen our attention and reacquaint ourselves with subtle body sensations, often experienced around the heart, the belly and the pelvic floor, which assist our healing. Whether you are dealing with a recent acute injury, or a chronic range of motion condition, instruction given will begin a more natural and personal healing process, and help build confidence in your capacity for greater movement. All levels. The class includes a short lecture followed by practice.

Session 11. Sianna Sherman “Soma – Nectar Flow Hips, Mantra & Meditation” | yoga, chant, meditation
Bathe in the nectar of yoga with deep hips, twists, inversions, mantra and meditation. This session turns inside with a more introspective practice of self-acceptance and reflection. The alchemy of yoga holds the essential understanding that a balanced yoga practice is both Fire & Nectar. The heating aspect of the practice is called tapasya – “that which heats up” or agni – “fire” and the cooling aspect of the practice is called soma – “moonlight” or that which offers the nectar of the practice. Agni & Soma together offer a balanced energy so the yogi both burns away the dross and receives nourishment through the practices. Without fire in the practice, there is no transformation. Without coolness in the practice, then the yogi can burn out. Fire & Nectar are the complementary opposites and the yogi cultivates both in practice and life.

Session 12. Trish Alexander “Bermuda Blend” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Experience the elements that make Bermuda the beautiful Island that it is. Have some fun getting to know Bermuda as you navigate your own structure and inner landscape and find direction through alignment, breath and guided visualization. Expect a gentle, flowing class, “yoga on the rock with a twist!” Dance with the sun, dive deep into the creative waters of your shores, tour the Triangle and perhaps experience a dark ‘n stormy vinyasa as you explore Bermuda in a unique and special way on your magical mat.

Session 13. Saul David Raye “Nectar of the moon: The power of deep relaxation, intention and meditation” | deep relaxation, chant, meditation
This class will explore a deep healing lunar practice through a special technique of Yoga Nidra, intention, prayer and mantra / meditation practice. This practice gives a deep release of psychic, mental, emotional and physical tensions and creates a doorway to experiencing deeper states of consciousness. Class will include some theory, lecture and a deep experience of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Friday April 29th 7:30 – 9:30pm Christina Frith in Concert
Join Christina Frith and her musical ensemble on an ecstatic musical journey into the land of the Beloved. Be enveloped by the Beauty of the Heart through songs and sacred chant. Christina’s pure voice is an instrument of the soul that will lift you up to the realms of the angels and down deep to Mystery’s Ocean. She will lead you through worlds of ancient texts and haunting tones, through many cultures and far away lands and sacred spiritual traditions. Come, with hearts open and ready to Love!

Saturday April 30th 6:00am – 7:00am

Shanell Vaughn (Shantidevi) “Hanuman Chalisa”
Early morning recitation of the 40-verse hymn, Hanuman Chalisa, which describes the life and exploits of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Sri Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj said, “Every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is a maha mantra (great mantra).” It begins with the phrase, “I take the dust of the Guru’s lotus feet to cleanse the mirror of my heart.” In these morning sessions, we will honor Hanuman, embodiment of that aspect of Divine energy that is pure love and selfless service.

Sunrise Meditation – Sylvia Hayward-Harris

Saturday April 30th 7:30 – 9:30am Session 14 – 17

Session 14. AYKANNA “Kundalini Yoga & Mantra Class” | yoga, chant
Deep Listening – Awakening the voice of your soul. In this Kundalini Yoga and mantra class, you will activate your authentic voice with the power of the ancient sounds & languages of the Earth. Mantra means “the Light of the Mind”. Through Suniai (pronounced sunee-ah) – meaning Deep Listening, we gain access to the subtle energy systems of the body and the Universe. Everything is revealed to know and fulfill our purpose for living.As we chant together, we raise our vibration and get in touch with the power that is at our fingertips. We are living in a time where we are being asked to consciously raise our vibration so we use our creative power to uplift and celebrate the human spirit.

Session 15. Peter Sterios “LevityYoga: Practices to Rewire the Subtle Body” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Cultivating our minds for refined levels of attention and focus is a natural by-product of yoga. It starts with the understanding of the many “minds” our bodies possess⎯the mind in our brain, the mind in our spine, the mind in our heart, and the mind in our gut, to name a few. Magically, each yoga pose has been developed to encourage greater awareness in these “seats” of mind, through motion and exercises designed to build flexibility, strength, and stillness. In this unique workshop, the root principles of LEVITYOGA will be explored to strengthen different parts of your mind and build more intelligence into your practice. Each of the principles⎯Back Body Breathing, Spine Mechanics, and Fundamentals of Flow⎯will be briefly discussed, followed by practices to incorporate them into movement. The class will be half lecture, half practice. All levels.

Session 16. Alex Hasselkuss “Enhancing Your Stamina “ | yoga
Challenge your focus and stamina with this continuous asana practice that asks you to stay in the flow of awareness and alignment. You will be invited to stay present throughout the practice to fully participate in the “hard work” of the poses. As a metaphor for life, this practice deepens our commitment and inner strength to be present in the face of challenge.

Session 17. Peter Rehmer “Essential Meditation” | meditation
In this 90-minute Workshop we review a wide range of motivations, 4 classic objects of meditation; 3 principles of practice; 2 essential aims, and the single best fringe benefit of meditation—all derived from the Yogic and Buddhist traditions without highlighting any one particular school. Meditation myths will be dispelled. Questions will be answered. Practical tips will be offered. The ultimate will be pointed at.

Saturday April 30th 8 – 9am Session 18

Session 18. Trish Alexander “Aqua Kriya Yoga” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Aqua Kriya Yoga is a wellness modality that aims to connect the body and breath, helping practitioners bring awareness and intention to their movements. By taking yoga off the mat and into the water, greater ease and stability can be experienced. This inclusive discipline has many benefits, including little to no impact on joints, especially knees, hips and ankles; improving balance issues, confidence, and awareness; weightlessness in the water allowing for joint access, muscle lengthening and organ toning; strengthening the pelvic floor and deep core muscles; and shedding more calories in less time due to the water’s resistance.

Saturday April 30th 11am – 1pm Session 19 – 22

Session 19. Saul David Raye “Soul and Soma: Awakening the Power of Inner Flow & Rejuvenation in Yoga” | yoga, tantra, ayurveda
Join us as we explore the powerful teachings of Atma (Soul) and Soma (Water essence / Rejuvenation) within yoga and how we can bring more fluidity (juiciness), restoring and rejuvenating power to our yoga practice and life. We will explore somatic principles of movement, adjustments, tantric and ayurvedic teachings, partner work and self practice as we move deeper into the river of life within. Aum Somaye Namah.

Session 20. Sianna Sherman “Agni – Fire Flow Backbends, Pranayama & Vision” | yoga, breath
Awaken your Hero’s Journey in a dynamic asana practice brought to life with the stories of yoga. Learn the legends of warriors, deities, sages, animals and heroes of the yoga tradition. Mythic Yoga Flow® is a spirited asana practice enlivened with myth, mantra, mudra and music. And there’s always Savasana Story Time with Sianna.

Session 21. AYKANNA “Conscious Relationships & Mantra” | relationship, chant, meditation Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Learn how to communicate with authenticity, vulnerability and courage. Create deep and intimate connections. Discover mantra meditations and breakthrough relationship tools that will help you to shift out of negative emotional patterns and create all relationships from a conscious loving place.

Session 22. Shanell Vaughn (Shantidevi) “Inner Light Yoga” | yoga
Nourish your body and soul in this open-level hatha yoga class that weaves soulful music with your practice of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath control), and sacred mantra to take you on a yogic journey. This class brings together elements of classical Sivananda yoga with the wisdom of shamanic traditions to offer you a practice that connects you to the natural world, brings forth your inner light, and unveils the abiding peace that lives in your heart.


Saturday April 30th 1pm – 3pm Session 23

Session 23. Jaya Butler “Free Community Class” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
The free Community Class, inspired and sponsored by the Argus Group, is designed for first-time beginners or those who have limited experience. It offers an opportunity for the broader community to join in the festival and experience what yoga is all about. With her warmth and humor, Jaya will introduce students to warm-ups, basic yoga poses, yoga breathing techniques and a deep relaxation practice.

Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or towel, wear loose fitting clothes to allow for easy movement and not to eat 2 hours before class; yoga mats will be available on loan. Sign-in is required at the main registration desk 30 minutes before the class starts.

Saturday April 30th 2:30 – 4:30pm Session 24 – 27

Session 24. Sianna Sherman “Phoenix Power Arm Balances, Chanting & Heart Tribe Connection” | yoga
Play your edge in this lively practice of arm balances and learn fun ways to approach your practice when it seems challenging. The mythic Phoenix holds the medicine of creativity, triumph, magic and resurrection. Phoenix Power is the remembrance that from ashes to wings, we rise again. This practice strengthens the core, offers new patterns of movement, enhances coordination skills and teaches progressive sequencing for the most effective openings. Learn to think out of the box when confronted with challenges and discover new doorways into your practice and life. Integrated practices of Tantra alchemize your practice with asana, bandha, mudra, mantra and pranayama. This class is up-tempo, fun, sweaty, and open to spontaneous flows of creativity.

Session 25. Saul David Raye “Untying the Knots of the Heart: Healing Yoga & Meditation” | yoga, meditation
Sacred wisdom traditions and quantum science affirm that the spiritual heart is the center of our being, the place where all polarities dissolve and our essence resides. Join us for this practice weaving together essential teaching and inspiration from the heart of the yoga tradition, slow healing yoga and deep heart-centered meditation. Practices to heal and untie the knots of the heart. Class will include lecture and practice with live music.

Session 26. Kirsten Agar Ward “Quieting the Ego Noise & Listening to the Self” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
This class is an introduction to how to work with traditional asanas to attain physical health as well as
emotional and mental stability and wellbeing. The ego causes a lot of noise, distractions and problems in our practice and in our lives. In this workshop we will explore through yoga how to begin to quiet the ego to help reveal the true Self and find stillness.

Session 27. Peter Sterios “Pranayama: The Texture, Sound, and Rhythm of Breath” | breath |Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Pranayama is a practice developed by ancient yogis to re-establish a natural, physical breath optimum for a healthy body, as well as a technique to create mental/psychological benefits that reduce stress and improve mental clarity. This class will teach preparatory exercises designed to create openness in the body and the optimum state of attention to practice, along with 5 unique types of pranayama. The class includes a short lecture followed by practice, and is designed for all levels, including those who have never done pranayama before.

April 30th 4:45 – 5:45pm

Christina Frith “My Body My Soul: Ecstatic Dance”
Christina Frith has been teaching and practicing Ecstatic Movement for three decades. “Underneath the holding, controlling, fearing and dread, is a magnificent, wide open world of beauty, freedom, fearlessness and peace. If we but follow our authentic movement with attention and breath, we soon find ourselves throwing off who we think we are and opening to the exquisite beauty, the wonder and mystery, of who we truly are.” Join Christina in a courageous celebration of the true beauty, through movement, music and dance. Dare to be beautiful. Truly, deeply, madly beautiful.


Saturday Kirtan Concert: April 30th 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Michelle Rafferty & Sean Caisey, 7:00 – 7:30pm
Michelle Rafferty and Sean Caisey blend ancient mantras with rhythms of Soul, Latin and African music, creating a joyful kirtan experience. Michelle’s voice has the power to transport listeners to the sacred chamber of their own hearts as well as uplift them to transcendent realms of bliss and love. Sean enjoys the creative possibilities of kirtan, enhancing the powerful vibration of music while supporting the voice and themes of the mantras.

AYKANNA, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Sukhdev and Akahdahmah passionately share a joint vision to express freedom, unity, peace, and love through their sacred music. Joined together they are the dynamic musical duo called Aykanna.

Their powerful synergy captivates and inspires the listener with a soulful, rhythmic blend of inspirational wisdom and sacred devotional music. In ancient Aramaic text, Aykanna translates as the pipeline between heaven and earth and their music seeks to bring people closer to their divinity. Sukhdev’s earthy, soulful voice, and deeply soothing presence, paired with Akahdahmah’s entrancing shamanic percussion, creates an ethereal musical paradise. Aykanna has released four inspirational albums entitled: Livelight, Mother, Mantra Mala and their current release “ Seeds Of Love.”

As a husband and wife team, Aykanna has toured and taught all over the world and has performed for thousands at yoga festivals and other conscious gatherings such as Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, Hanuman Festival, Yoga Journal Conference and the Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration. Aykanna’s music is positive and inviting, reaching out beyond the boundaries of kirtan and New Age music genres and into the hearts of all people.

Akahdahmah and Sukhdev along with 20+ top artists and musical activists are raising consciousness through music by speaking out on issues of equal rights and justice to singing songs of love and freedom.

Sunday May 1st 6 – 7am

Sunrise Meditation

Sunday May 1st 7:30 – 9:30am Session 28 – 31

Session 28. Peter Sterios “Longevity & Fitness: Practices for Mind and Body Vitality” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Yoga is a discipline created by ancient Indian sages for increasing life force and providing the means for a long and healthy life. What they clearly understood was how simple practices, started at any age in life, help build and sustain the vitality which is key to a fruitful existence. Whether you are in your 20’s or your 80’s, this workshop will show you ways to support longevity and help maintain optimum fitness, movement and awareness throughout your life. Come learn how the two subtle forces of “Gravity & Grace” can be used to create the well-being yoga was designed for, restoring your innate ability for a grace-full life, with a renewed awareness of gravity – nature’s gift to keep us grounded physically and psychologically. Beginners and teachers of beginners. The class includes a short lecture followed by practice.

Session 29. Kirsten Agar Ward “Work In not Work Out! Finding your inner peace in backward extensions” | yoga
There are many misconceptions about backward extensions that they are agitating, stimulating and direct you outwardly. Properly practiced, however, backward extensions are a wonderful means to help us develop quiet presence of mind and courage. They help us penetrate layers of our embodiment to connect with our inner mental and emotional strength and find our composure and equanimity. Minimum yoga experience 1 year.


Session 30. Peter Rehmer “Essentially Easy Ashtanga” | yoga
In this relatively easy class, we will playfully explore selected forms of the Ashtanga primary series, reviewing first principles and pressing into all the inherent oppositions. By engaging the breath and gaze we will stoke a healthy belly fire, so honing the inward focus that helps deepen our experience of the individual postures. No experience of Ashtanga is required to attend this class but it is recommended that students have practiced yoga asanas for some months.

Session 31. Gillian Motyer “Restorative Yoga” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
Restorative Yoga deeply nourishes and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. Gentle movement and supported postures, mindfulness awareness of body, emotions and thoughts encourage and support a deeper connection to self. In a Restorative Yoga class you have permission to stop, to let go of doing and to simply be. 90 minutes of stopping can often be enough to allow for more clarity around the busyness of our lives and for a more balanced and healthy relationship with our bodies. By aligning the mind with the breath and the body we can experience a relaxed alertness, and once again, room to breathe and be. Restorative Yoga is suitable for all bodies, regardless of yoga experience, flexibility or age.

Sunday May 1st 11am – 1pm Session 32 – 35

Session 32. Saul David Raye “Earth Prayer” | yoga, breath, chant
Ancient yogis and shamans had a profound connection and reverence for Mother Earth, Bhumi Devi. We are all deeply connected to Earth, physically, energetically and spiritually. We are her children; our future is entwined with Her. This class will focus on the importance of connecting with the energy field of Mother Earth and how to access this field for grounding, healing and intuition in the process of yoga. The class will include some tantric / shamanic earth-based teachings, dynamic yoga, breath work, meditation, live music and chanting.

Session 33. Elaine White “Gentle Yoga” | yoga Bermuda Yoga Festival Beginner Track
This class is for beginners or those who would enjoy a more restful yoga experience. Slow, easy warm ups, simple standing and balancing poses followed by some calming stretches on the mat. Guided relaxation and breathing practice will be included to enhance the healing benefits of this soothing session.

Session 34. Todd Crews “Smoothing, Soothing, Settling” | yoga
Explore your inner self as you turn inside with a more thoughtful practice of hip openers, twists and forward folds. Inner consciousness opens the pathway to reveal one’s true Nature and Dharma through grounding oneself. This settling practice purifies one from the inside out so the practitioners are cognizant of the their external surroundings so they may recognize the reflection of their own true Self. This journey will finish in the practice of meditation to lead to the smoothing, soothing and settling Self. All Levels/Intermediate

Session 35. Peter Sterios “A Lifetime of Learning: Yoga as Service and a Profession” | talk
Peter as he shares stories of his unexpected journey on a yogic path to become a teacher and creator of LEVITYOGA; the founder of karmaNICA, a charitable organization for school children in Nicaragua; and the CEO/Founder of Manduka, a leading eco-yoga company that has donated yoga mats to students around the world for 20 years. There will be a Q&A session for those interested after the talk. This 1 ½ hr. talk is open to the general public.

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