Asheville Yoga Festival to Feature Presenters, Artists and Musicians

Asheville Yoga Festival is heading into its fifth year and its second year under the leadership of co-directors Amanda Hale and Sara LaStella. It is returning on July 26-29 bringing more music art and offerings than before.

This year’s lineup will again include over 45 world-renowned presenters, artists, and musicians, as well as more than 70 offerings, including free activities that will be open to the public. The Bhakti Stage and the Mountain Air Market will both be located in Pack Square Park, featuring free live music and unique local and national health and wellness vendors.

Set in the heart of the ancient and mystical Appalachian Mountains, the vision of Asheville Yoga Festival is to create a space for connection, adventure, play, relaxation and healing.

Downtown Asheville provides the retro-urban backdrop for our 2018 festival, featuring more than 35 world class presenters & musicians and over 80 offerings including yoga, music and outdoor activities. In between yoga and dancing, meet more locals with a stroll through our beautiful, outdoor Mountain Air Market, home to a variety of unique health & wellness vendors and tasty treats.

Enjoy the pedestrian-friendly festival and experience Asheville’s trademark funky downtown scene complete with locally-owned shops, art galleries, and nearly 100 restaurants, coffee shops and cafes.

Some notable additions to the activities in Pack Square Park include a free community yoga practice each day and free attendance to panel discussions with a variety of notable presenters. There will also be a Soul Banquet FridaySunday that will feature live music on the Bhakti Stage at lunch time.  Mix and Mingle events include book signings and the opportunity to meet many of the presenters.

The Slackpark will be home to Slackline and Acro Yoga and will be available to anyone who wants to test their skills.Bucket Beats is also free and will give kids the opportunity to learn how to drum using buckets as their instruments. Other fun available to the public includes mandala weaving, sound healing, making flower crowns, and live equipment demonstrations from vendors and sponsors.

Festival organizers hope locals and tourists will take advantage of the opportunity to explore these free offerings.

The live music begins Thursday night with Sean Johnson’s Kickoff Kirtan at OM Sanctuary.  A 2017 festival favorite, MC YOGI will once again bring his yoga-inspired hip hop to the stage. The Festival is hosting an EPIC Celebration Party on Saturday night at The Salvage Station with a performance on the outdoor stage from MC YOGI and DJ Sol Rising. Tickets for both shows are available to festival goers and the public and can be purchased through the Asheville Yoga Festival website.

Limited tickets for Asheville Yoga Festival are still on sale. Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.