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No Plans Yet? Hit Yogi Fest Today

Sometimes it’s just too much to make Memorial Day plans ahead of time.

If you leave now, you’ll still have time to catch most of Yogi Fest 2010 in New Windsor, NY. Swing by for a yoga class, some yummy food, entertainment in the children’s tent and an amazing kirtan with various Bhakti Collective folk, including Shyamdas this evening. Here are the deets:

Directions to Yogi Fest 2010

2010: Yogi Fest  March 29th

11:30 AM-12:45 PM – Yoga and Pranayam with Amy Pearce-Hayden (The Yogascape Carmel, NY) (All levels)

1:15-2:30 PM – Yoga with Bryn  (Laughing Lotus) (All levels)

3:00-4:15 PM – Energizing Your Spine: The Science of Twisting with Raghunath  and Bridget Cappo

4:30-5:00 PM – The Yoga of Gratitude with Dhanurdhara Swami and Raghunath

5:00-5:30 PM – Arati (traditional puja with ghee lamps with kirtan.)
Kirtan by Prema Hara

5:30-7:00 PM – Prasadam (feast) official end of our program. You’re invited to stay as more and more Indian families come for kirtan and talks with two distinguished guests:

7:00 PM -?  Krishna Kirtan and Katha with Shyam Das and Dhanurdhara Swami


11:30 AM-12:20PM – Kirtan  with Keli Lalita  ( Karuna Shakti Yoga)

12:30-1:30 PM – How to Play Kartalas (Indian hand cymbals) with Balaram Chandra (Kripalu Yoga)

1:40-2:20 PM – Transcendental Poetry with Mark Oppenheimer

230-310 PM – Yoga for Depression: Q&A with Mark Oppenheimer and Raghunath

3:15-420 PM – Chanting with Keli

11:00 AM-4:15 PM – kids yoga, Crafts and games, stories,

2:30 PM – Special Event: Pyari the Magician


  • Mark Terza of Metta Massage @ The YogaScape
  • Balarama Chandra Thai Massage
  • Tammi Price of Sacred Traditions: Acupuncture
  • Melinda & TJ Macchiaroli Thai and chair massage from Bodhi Spa Hudson NY

All Things Considered tracks The Great Oom

Earlier this spring Columbia Journalism professor Robert Love published his book The Great Oom, The Improbably Birth of Yoga in America (Viking Adult, $27.95).

This biography chronicles  Pierre Bernard’s transformation from an Iowa-born nobody into a radical leader of mind-body consciousness–in the late 19th century. According to this NPR story, contemporary yogis have Bernard to thank for the existence of yoga in America.

All Things Considers interviews Love on this fascinating story in which author Robert Love tells NPR’s Guy Raz how Bernard weathered early rumors of rampant sex and drug use, and later an arrest, to lay the foundation for an empire.

Listen to the interview with Robert Love on NPR here (opens an MP3 file).