Acro Yoga class at Manifest Station Music and Yoga Festival in southern Illinois.

Acro Yoga – Christine Kick

You’re never too old for airplane! Join Christine Kick for a playful partner yoga class where you will find some air time flying high with friends. Join us solo, with a friend or family member. This class will have something for everyone. All acro yoga poses will include the safety of a third person as an educated spotter. Some yoga experience recommended. Bring a yoga mat or two, water, and clothing you can move in.

Aerial Skills / Arial Yoga – Laura Lockton of ReKinection

Aerial and flow arts are meditative body movement modalities that are beneficial for the body, mind, emotions and spirit. The ReKinective performers share the joy, empowerment and balance that they have experienced by providing opportunities for participants of all ages to try out lyra, hammock and aerial yoga AND to join in the ReKinective Experience show!

Aromatherapy 101 – Meredith Trewolla

Essential oils are the bridge to a natural lifestyle. Not only can they can replace all of the toxic yuck in your home, they can also support every system of the body and at all levels of your being: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Take your next step on the pathway to better health and well-being, and never look back. They are family friendly, and easy to use. Let Meredith show you how!

Ashtanga Yoga – Andrew Eppler

The Heart of the Sun = Andrew’s workshop will begin with an in depth explanation of Surya Namaskar and Vinyasa. Surya Namaskar is at the core of the Ashtanga Vinyasa approach to practicing yoga postures. Vinyasa its self is nothing other than Surya Namaskar in between each posture. The sun has a huge significance in Indian philosophy. Sri Krishnamacharya, who is called the father of modern yoga by many people, came from a very strong tradition of sun worship and Bhakti Yoga. The energetic changes we all experience as we practice yoga are associated with the “rising of the sun within” in Indian Philosophy. This workshop class will explain some of the history and philosophy that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga rests upon. We will discuss the physical practice of Surya Namaskar and how it can be practiced safely, and integrated into asana practices with the Vinyasa method. If Primary Series would be thought of as a song, Surya Namaskar is the scale and meter of that song. Vinyasa movements can be repeated countless times painlessly, without causing repetitive strain injuries, only if the techniques are learned properly.

Bliss out Yoga – Kennedy Rawlings

Yoga does not always have to be so serious. Come find your freedom, your playful side. and connect with the pure life energy we all share within ourselves. Laughter and playfulness are SO welcome here. ALWAYS beginner friendly.

Buti Yoga – Kelsey Kaleta

BUTI, in Indian Marathi, means “the cure to something hidden or kept secret.” This practice for women is a high-intensity fusion of Yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics. Call combines cardio, strength training and flexibility in one seamless format. This class is an advanced unique practice that is known for its primal movement and spiral structure techniques. The major movements you”ll do in Buti are designed to activate all the abdominal muscle groups. You can expect explosive movements,  up-beat music, deep core toning and a quick pace. In Buti you sweat with intention seeking both physical and mental benefits.

Buti creates a strong, empowered group that resembles a tribe. Most importantly you have to leave your judgments at the door, you may do some movements you have never done before and it can seem weird or scary at first, but as long as you show up with an open mind this practice creates a body positivity approach to a deeper sense of self love. Buti Yoga focuses on removing obstacles to our first and second chakras. Buti Yoga follows the lead of many cultures such as Native American and African tribes that have dance rituals using hip and pelvic spiraling. Wear yoga clothes and prepare to sweat! Listen to your body when it needs a break and know that it is always ok to modify or take rest anytime throughout practice. Buti Yoga is often referred to a “soulmate workout”.

Cacao Ceremony – Willow Beseda

Discover how in ceremonial doses, raw theobroma cacao is a powerful heart opener that paves the way to transformation through self-love. It’s thought cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 BC by the ancestors of Central America, the Olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the Aztec and Mayan cultures. One of the main active ingredients that we experience in our physiology during ceremony is Theobromine. Theo-broma literally translates as God-Food, and potentiates the release of dopamine, the ‘pleasure’ hormone. This, alongside phenethylamine, which is known to help relieve stress and depression and which is released in the body during emotional euphoria, create heightened sensation and empathy. Alongside these, the high amount of nutrients in the cacao support and nourish the body, whilst also inducing a detoxifying effect on the liver and kidneys. Due to the euphoria inducing ingredients, the emotional impact can be profound. Everything feels heightened within the physical and emotional body, including your awareness to your deepest sense of self and to your heart. The experience of love and empathy, particularly for yourself, can literally feel as if your heart is opening like a flower. With this, the body can become flooded with the many emotions stored in the heart, some of which can be painful. It is not always an easy experience, and I have seen many tears shed as people peel away old layers of hurt. But as the cacao facilitates a deep sense of self-love, tears are always followed by smiles of deep gratitude. In other moments, the sheer ecstasy felt from the cacao can be described as nothing other than a divine experience.A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to the insight and awareness to move towards that goal. The cacao Willow uses comes from wild Criollo trees and has a high vibration and a spiritual “theobroma” potency that you can experience with each cup. We will enter into this morning ritual watching Willow prepare our sacred medicine elixir by whisking in ground cacao bean paste, cayenne pepper, himilayan pink salt, and cinnamon to warm spring water and serving into calabash cups. As we enter this sacred space and set our intentions when we are ready we will take our first sip… Allowing the explosion of dark layers and flavors to unveil on our tongue (the gateway to our heart) Feel Her enter you…Open Your Being to Her…Deeply Receive the Blessing of Ixcacao… ($10 cash)

Celestial Communication – SiriAtma Kaur

Celestial communication is a moving meditation, composed of choreographed arm and hand movements to mantras or other spiritual songs. It is part of the technology of Kundalini Yoga. There are so many benefits! Yogi Bhajan called it the “greatest wonder food for the body healing, bringing mental intelligence and creativity, and uplifting the soul and the inflow of the spirit.”

Celestial Communication works on the upper triangle – the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th chakras. The movement of the arms also affects and opens the heart, strengthens the aura, and magnifies your subtle and radiant bodies. By strengthening the aura and radiant body in Celestial Communication, everything can come to you and prosperity will will flow to you. The movement of the fingertips through the air during Celestial Communication increases your prana (energy), which connects with your neurons, and relieves the deep stress that accumulates in the brain. By experiencing this deep relaxation, anxiety subsides, and your natural state of innocence and creativity is renewed. This technology unifies your body, mind and spirit. All three are harmonized through the movement, and duality is removed.

As the name implies, practicing Celestial Communication connects you to the Infinite and expands your relationship with your divine, angelic self. It is a beautiful way to connect to the sound current and to create and vibrate the music within you. Everyone can practice Celestial Communication! Yogi Bhajan taught that in the future it would become more and more difficult for people to sit and meditate, and that Celestial Communication would be a wonderful way for people to experience the benefits of meditation. All ages enjoy this type of meditation – children, adults and older adults. People with disabilities or physical limitations, who may not be able to practice all of the yoga asanas, can also benefit from Celestial Communication.

Chakra Meditation – Kelsey Kaleta

30 minute meditation through the chakras

Community Nature Mandalas – Melissa & Michael

This workshop led by Melissa is right in line with this year’s commUNITY theme. It’ll be an artistic collection of nature elements found in the area by all who choose to participate. It is a wonderful way to interact with our natural surroundings, as well as leave a mark of impermanent beauty that one time was not there. The creation of nature mandalas is a way for a person to strengthen the connective bond between themselves and the natural world. One part history, one part psychology, and one part invitation to explore, we hope this workshop opens the doorway to your own inspiration to create a mandala next time you find yourself out in nature. Who knows what insights may arise in the process.

A Conversation with Self: Vinyasa Flow – Lisette Cheresson

This flow is based on the principles of Shadow Yoga, which asks students to consider practice as the jumping off point to an investigation of themselves, both physically and emotionally. Emphasis will be on movement-linked pranayama, modified versions of common poses, and each person’s intuitive body wisdom, rather than expectation of what the pose “should” look like or be. 

Cultivate your CORE – Kevin Wathey

In this class, open to all levels, we will take a deep dive into all that is your CORE. Beginning by grounding with gentle meditative movement designed to link the body and breath. As we continuing to deepen this connection, we will explore a number of postures that concentrates our attention around your core and begins to fire up your deep stabilizer muscles. Your core will be challenged and your shoulders will get some love too.

Design Your Ideal Life: Transformational Breathwork + Journaling – Shenee Booth

Uncover your limiting beliefs, get clear on your intentions, readjust the lens through which you are experiencing life. 

Divine Sutras – Kennedy Rawlings

Dive into the ancient study of Patanjalis Yoga sutras in this yin/restorative style flow. We will move slowly through asana and pranayama while talking and focusing on what the sutras mean in our history, yoga practice, and daily lives. Lots of time for silence, Sanskrit mini lesson, and mantra singing at the end of class. ALWAYS beginner friendly.

Earthing Yoga  – Debby Siegel

The natural rhythmic pulsations of energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery and global life running in rhythm and balance — and that includes you! Unfortunately, we tend to live like cut flowers, detached from the nourishing Earth energy. Earthing, also known as grounding, is simply reconnecting to the Earth’s healing energy. We will flow with our Mother Earth in a yoga practice that includes grounding, breathwork as big as the sky, tuning in, and feeling the current flow through us and our practice. We may get a little dirt on us.

Energy Healing – Meredith Trewolla

Join Meredith for a crash course in energy healing! In this 60 minute workshop, Meredith will discuss a number of ways to use energy healing in daily life that can be easily learned and applied. There will be some time for some Q&A before she wraps it up by walking you through a step by step self-healing meditation. And don’t worry if you didn’t get it all, she’ll send you on your way with some take-home resources to support you in your journey forward!

Fledgling Yoga – Rachel Roberts

Brand spanking new to yoga or a veteran looking to brush up on fundamentals or dive deeper? This class is for you! In this workshop we will break down commonly seen poses to give you some tools to take into any other yoga class. This class will be difficult but do-able for all levels, even the never-done-yoga-before can’t-touch-the-floor nervous newbie!  

Glow Yoga – Kelsey Kaleta

Join Kelsey for an Ultimate Unique Inspiring Yoga and Art Experience where first you’ll be painted with neon paints and then flow in an hour long vinyasa flow class to some funky beats under heavy black lights. Wearing black light reflecting clothes and accessories (think whites and light colors) is encouraged!

Gong Sound Healing – SiriAtma Kaur

Gong Sound Healing Description: From the first strike of the gong, you will likely feel that you’re in for quite an experience. Every sound that can possibly exist can be produced by the gong. These gong sounds are not in harmony, which allows your brain to go into a “reset” mode within just 3-90 seconds! Eventually the brain goes into Theta brainwaves, which is our dream state, allowing the subconscious mind to clear or empty as it sends images or messages to the conscious mind. This experience is extremely relaxing, & effectively helps to balance the nervous system and glandular system. Participants often feel as if they are floating in the ether realms, transcending time and space, and report that the time seemed to pass more quickly than usual. All you’ll need to do is settle in, relax, and let the gong take you wherever it is you need to go.”>From the first strike of the gong, you will likely feel that you’re in for quite an experience. Every sound that can possibly exist can be produced by the gong. These gong sounds are not in harmony, which allows your brain to go into a “reset” mode within just 3-90 seconds! Eventually the brain goes into Theta brainwaves, which is our dream state, allowing the subconscious mind to clear or empty as it sends images or messages to the conscious mind. This experience is extremely relaxing, & effectively helps to balance the nervous system and glandular system. Participants often feel as if they are floating in the ether realms, transcending time and space, and report that the time seemed to pass more quickly than usual. All you’ll need to do is settle in, relax, and let the gong take you wherever it is you need to go.Andrew’s workshop will begin with an in depth explanation of Surya Namaskar and Vinyasa. Surya Namaskar is at the core of the Ashtanga Vinyasa approach to practicing yoga postures. Vinyasa its self is nothing other than Surya Namaskar in between each posture. The sun has a huge significance in Indian philosophy. Sri Krishnamacharya, who is called the father of modern yoga by many people, came from a very strong tradition of sun worship and Bhakti Yoga. The energetic changes we all experience as we practice yoga are associated with the “rising of the sun within” in Indian Philosophy. This workshop class will explain some of the history and philosophy that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga rests upon. We will discuss the physical practice of Surya Namaskar and how it can be practiced safely, and integrated into asana practices with the Vinyasa method. If Primary Series would be thought of as a song, Surya Namaskar is the scale and meter of that song. Vinyasa movements can be repeated countless times painlessly, without causing repetitive strain injuries, only if the techniques are learned properly.

Hooplah for Kids – Casey Renee

Kids of all ages can experience the excitement of hoop dance in this workshop. In addition to learning fun tricks on and off the body, we will play hula-hoop games with prizes for everyone! Modifications are available to accommodate any level student, from beginner to advanced. Hoops are provided for use or students may bring their own.

Hoop Dance for Adults – Casey Renee

Looking for a fun fitness experience? Hula-hooping is a great way to improve balance, coordination, and core strength. Learn the basics of hoop dance along with a few hoop tricks. Don’t worry if you’ve never been able to keep a hoop up! You’ll have a ton of fun no matter what (and chances are you’ll be waist hooping before the workshop is over). Modifications are available to accommodate any level student, from beginner to advanced. Hoops are provided for use or students may bring their own.

Inspiration Activation

Journey into Self-embodiment through transformational breathwork, movement medicine and art therapy.

Introduction to Classical Thai Massage – Andrew Eppler

Thai Massage is one of the most effective forms of bodywork, and it is closely related to yoga. It teaches simple and powerful tools for helping our friends, family and fellow yoga practitioners. Thai Massage is something like having yoga postures “done to you”. In this class everyone both gives and receives a Thai massage while the techniques are carefully explained. There are no pairs. The massage takes place in a rotating circle so that each person can experience as many different body types as possible. Receiving regular Thai massage opens the body and relieves the tension patterns that can pull our bones into misalignment. Thai massage is also an excellent foundation from which to learn disciplines such as Yoga Therapy, Osteopathy, Muscle Activation Technique, and many others. Andrew believes that asana practices benefited very much by study of the body and healing techniques. Thai massage is an excellent addition to our yogic education! Everyone will learn simple, easy to remember, and effective methods for relieving tension in our bodies and increasing our range of motion. This class is lots of fun and leaves everyone feeling relaxed and happy!

Journal + Flow: A Full-Body Journey – Lisette Cheresson

Beginning with 20-minutes of of a gentle flow to shape and direct breath, this 75-minute workshop/class is a full-body exercise of movement, meditation, and guided free-writing. We’ll move through the chakras in our bodies first, and then with thoughtful prompts to harness mind-body connection and awaken conversation with our truest self. Bring a journal and a mat. Based on Lisette’s new book, The Yoga Almanac: 52 Practices and Rituals to Ground You Through the Astrological Seasons, available wherever books are sold.

Kids’ Activities – Casey Renee

Liberation Dance – JQ Williams

Dance is a string of movements, and this dance class is about attaching your feelings to movements through sound. Explore many emotions in this class, anger, joy, contraction and expansion. Rather than ignore all the sides of ourselves let’s move through those feelings, know them, and let them go.  This class will have specifically curated music and guided movement to help you discover a different movement vocabulary, one that stems from your own internal desires and expressions.

Mindful Vinyasa – Kennedy Rawlings

Learn to match breath with movement and flow in your own art form that feels good for you, learn the different modifications for sun salutation, and as ALWAYS beginner friendly.

Movement + Sound Journey

Join Tim DeWitt and Aly in this 60 minute self exploration practice of movement, breath and sound. Aly will lead the class with her harp, as Tim guides you into short simple movement flows. These flows will be handed off to you, to move with your own breath, and unite the beat and movement of your drum to the sounds of therapeutic harp. This experience will end in yin yoga / restorative postures, followed by the final resting pose – savasana.

Music & Mantra – Wind Song

Traditional mantra in 9 different languages woven through a multi-instrumental soundscape of Reiki infused lyrics, harmony and vocals

QiGong – Meredith Trewolla

Awaken your Life Fore Energy.  Qi Gong is a Chinese natural healing practice that is simple and non-intimidating. It is perfect for all ages and types. Qi Gong combines gentle movements, mindful breathing, and meditation to clear, balance, strengthen and energize the body, awakening the flow of energy through the system for efficient healing and improved wellbeing. Set your day up for success by joining Meredith as she walks you through 30 minutes of her personal favorite Qi Gong movements.

Sacred Sexuality – Wind Song

Accessing life force energy through the breath, channeling creativity through conscious expression, setting containers for sacred space, sexual expression as a means for manifestation.

Soundbath with Aly and Tim DeWitt

For 60 min, rest easy to the sounds of Aly with her harp, in union with Tim and his singing bowls, RAV drum, and quartz crystal xylophone.

SUP Yoga – Danielle Arzt

Standup Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga is a peaceful yet fun way to take your practice outdoors and onto a floating mat. Danielle’s classes are designed to help you feel grounded and stable in a calming, yet empowering, flow. The classes will begin on land with a few minutes of instructions on SUP 101 and safety. Then paddle out to anchor our Floating Studio together.

Join Ozark SUP Yoga instructor, Danielle Arzt on Little Grassy Lake on Saturday afternoon. There are just 12 boards, so we will have a sign up sheet outside the dining hall for this class. Wear whatever you’d like. Bring a towel and water bottle.

Traveling Abroad – Rachel Roberts

We all love to travel right? Who doesn’t love a great vacation somewhere fabulous? But have you ever wondered how these folks we all hear about and see on Instagram that travel for months or even years are actually doing it? Do they all have trust funds or are there other ways us normal, non influencers who have to work to eat can do this? Rachel is a St. Louis native without a wealthy backer and has about 5 years of long term travel experience. She traveled and lived in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Thailand, India and Nepal to name a couple of the highlights. Today she is going to talk about living, working, traveling and how to build a new life somewhere on a budget. 

Yin Yoga – Lexi Jordon

The long-held, deeply restful postures of Yin Yoga provide a welcome contrast to the more dynamic, Yang dominated practices that are popular in the modern, Western world. A remedy to our fast-paced lifestyles, Yin is a practice that encourages people to slow down–immersing in the kind of stillness that can lead to the expansion of consciousness.

Yoga Breathing Demystified – Tim DeWitt

Have you taken a yoga class and been taught breathing techniques, with a lot of “how” but not much “why” behind the method? In this talk / experiential workshop with Tim you can expect to learn:

  • 4 categories of breath – practically any breath you will ever be taught will fall into one of these 4 categories
  • the important roles of both O2, and Co2 in the breathing process
  • the WHY behind the HOW of yoga breathing
  • how, why, and when to do, or not do a breath technique
  • take home at least 3 breath techniques to empower you with more connection to, and control over your physiology

Yoga with Therapy Balls – Rachel Roberts

Yoga therapy balls are the perfect amount of hard with the perfect amount of softness to dig deep into our myofasical tissue. In this workshop expect gentle yoga postures while incorporating therapy balls to give your muscles a deep tissue massage. This may be the closest to a massage one can give to oneself. So come and get your self love on! Limited to 15 people.