[Spotlight] Winston-Salem Yoga Festival
By: Jasmyn Brunson
It will be all beginner and experienced yogis’ time to shine next weekend, because the first-ever Winston-Salem Yoga Festival is coming May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winston Salem Dash Stadium located at 998 Watkins St., SW in Winston-Salem.
The Winston-Salem Yoga Festival is a family-friendly event that bridges the divide with affordable and accessible yoga and wellness for all. This festival includes a 5K run or cycle, inspiring yoga classes, and guided meditation. The festival will also feature over 30 vendors and workshops such as Hip Hop Yoga and a wellness panel.
Winston-Salem Yoga Festival is organized and founded by K10Yoga, a nonprofit that believes that everyone deserves to have access to the benefits of yoga.
“We are committed to the process in which peels away the layers ancestrally, personally, socially and systematically that hold people back from receiving these benefits,” said the owner of K10 Yoga Studio Kristen Williams.
Williams said she is excited but also anxious with this being her first year organizing and putting together a festival. During the breakout sessions, she said, there would be multiple yoga presenters to help attendees along their spiritual journey and share the art and fun of yoga.
“There has been a lot of community support which has been very helpful,” Williams said.
Williams said that the festival would have multiple activities for guest to choose from through the day. Starting at 8 a.m., guest can start last-minute registration, check-in and socialize with other participants or warm up before the run. At 9 a.m., participants can choose to run one mile, run or walk a 5K, or enjoy a 30-minute cycle session on bikes from Cyclebar.
At 10 a.m., Williams said the community yoga session guided by Kennae Miller and Kate Counts would be an “inspiring yoga session for connection and healing within our community.” At 11:30 a.m., there’s a guided meditation led by Bushi (from Thomasville Buddhist Center) also rooted in connection and community. Following the guided meditations, the breakout sessions begin at noon. Williams said the breakout sessions are designed for participants to have fun, learn something new and make deep connections through yoga. She said its purpose also is for the community to come together for a greater cause and “dismantle old limiting behaviors and narratives.” There will be four sessions to choose from all starting at noon and ending at 4 p.m.
Williams said participants could attend breakout sessions of their choice, or take a walk and visit all of the vendors are selling their handmade goods, services, snacks, and drinks.
She said there would also be a special gift, which includes a free compass card, a pass for free yoga classes at 10 local studios.
Williams said tickets are on a sliding scale. The community rate is $40, which is a discounted rate including all festival activities. The sustainer rate is $45, which provides the ticket buyer with admission, and the supporter rate is $50, which provides the ticket buyer with admission and admission for others to enjoy the festival. Children ages 12 and under are free, and a kid’s corner will be set up with yoga and games.
Williams said proceeds from the yoga festival would help fund programs within the Winston-Salem Community by offering yoga classes and workshops on a sliding scale via K10 Yoga Co-Op Studio. Proceeds will also go toward fellowship opportunities for K10 Yoga School. A portion of the proceeds from the WSYF will be gifted to Project Yellow Brick Road, bringing trauma-sensitive yoga programming to foster care in Winston-Salem. Additionally, $1.08 from each registration will be donated to Teardrops, an organization fighting the opioid epidemic.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. wsyogafest.com/mission.