Myrtle Beach yoga festival offers talks, classes and more

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A number of area yoga pros are organizing a yoga festival this summer in Myrtle Beach.

Two local yoga teachers, Jessica Durivage and Jessica Graham Stout, are planning the festival for June 25-26 at the dance studio in the Academy for Art, Science and Technology. The weekend will include yoga classes, Kirtan, meditation, and the Bhakti Vinyasa Project.

The event kicks off on June 25 with a free talk about yoga and community with local teacher, Todd Geiser, followed by Goddess Kirtan along with musician Kristin Luna Ray from Asheville.  The next day will be a full day of yoga classes representing various styles, from beginner to advanced yogi.

The main events of the weekend are the Goddess Kirtan on Friday evening and the Bhakti Vinyasa Project on Saturday evening.  Men are, of course, welcome at Goddess Kirtan.  A kirtan is call-and-response chanting. Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, percussion and other instruments.

The Bhakti Vinyasa Project (BVP) is a unique and transformational yoga and musical journey. Through an original choreographed yoga practice, weaving sophisticated asana sequencing, heart opening movement, intentional mantra and breath work, the BVP creates an unforgettable transformative practice like no other. Both of these practices will be led by Kristin Luna Ray.

"I hope this festival creates an opportunity to honor that and the local yoga teachers that have given their heart and soul to this practice and the students that find their way to the classes," Durivage said. "That is why the theme for this festival is a celebration of community.  It is why we are, where we are.  Community. "

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Academy for Arts, Science and Technology's dance program.

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