Yoga Pros Bring Their Teachings to Columbus in Coming Months
“Stoked!” is how Power Yoga creator, Bryan Kest, feels about coming to Columbus this month. Kest is one of several international yoga celebrities coming to Columbus this year who promise lots of special teaching. Below is a rough guide to the 2017-18 Columbus international celebrity yoga calendar.
Yoga superstars Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee kick off celebrity yoga season at Yoga On High, September 13-15, 2017. Besides their vast yoga merchandise and mass yoga sessions in Times Square, they also promote Urban Zen, a program designed to help cancer patients deal with the stress of treatments. As befits the oldest, multi-practice yoga studio in Columbus, Yoga On High has the most high-profile yoga celebs on the calendar, but there are other yoga hosts as well.
BlueSpot Yoga is a terrific place for hot yoga in Bexley, and also they are hosting one of the coolest yoga coaches to visit Columbus this year, Ashley Hunt, from September 15-17, 2017. From her home base — an off-the-grid micro-home made from a school bus that she shares with her wolf dog — Hunt teaches all over the world, including multiple international retreats. She is also an Urban Zen practitioner and offers that service in hospitals and Haiti. Hunt will lead a weekend workshop giving students a complex understanding of yoga poses and also release suffering with a karma yoga session.
Bryan Kest, the original “bad boy of yoga” who has taught over 18,500 yoga classes all over the world, leaves his Santa Monica Power Yoga home base to offer his first-ever immersion experience in the Midwest at GoYoga in Powell, Sept 17-21, 2017. “We are beyond excited,” says GoYoga marketing director Chelsea Bragg. “Bryan and his philosophy have been and continue to be hugely influential within the culture at GoYoga. We strive to stay in alignment with providing a non-judgmental atmosphere that is welcome to everyone regardless of age, gender, body type, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. Come as you are!” Kest’s 2017 workshop was hugely popular, and this year’s master class is sold out. There are still spaces for his immersion at this time. goyogausa.com.
For Acro Yoga fans, Aaron Levy will be in town September 18 and hold a session 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Learning Coop on East Broad Street. A Montreal-based acrobat, Levy has many fans here in Cbus. For more details, visit Columbus Acro Play.
At Ashtanga Yoga Columbus (AYC), the already high energy is on the rise for Yoga with Harmony, September 22-24, 2017. Harmony Slater is one of only 24 yoga teachers in North America certified at an elite level by the prestigious KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Although she practices at a very high level herself, her workshop is for anyone curious about Ashtanga yoga. Dawn Blevins highly recommends yoga with Harmony, “She has such great energy. She was really helpful to my practice in Mysore. “ By the way, AYC is the home base for Columbus’ own international Ashtanga yoga teacher, Taylor Hunt. Hunt has a growing demand for his teachings all over the world. He recently returned from Glasgow. After his annual visit to Mysore, India, Hunt was invited to yoga studios in Napa, Atlanta, Italy and Berlin. When not traveling, he teaches most of the morning Mysore classes at AYC on Indianola Avenue.
Yoga on High hosts international superstar (and as some say, “Our Lady of the Home Practice”) Kino McGregor this October 13-15, 2017. One of only two dozen certified elite-level Ashtanga yoga teachers in the Americas, McGregor’s videos have extensive viewing as she breaks down yoga poses and offers helpful tips on building strength. In person, she has an amazing sense of humor, and is generous with her time. By the way, her spouse Tim Feldman is also coming to Columbus in 2018.
October 20-22, 2017 author-physician Ray Long and illustrator Chris Mcivor are at Yoga On High for an anatomy weekend. A board-certified orthopedist, Dr. Long will give helpful anatomy lessons that can benefit everyone’s practice.
November 3-5, 2017 BlueSpot Yoga offers a weekend of refreshment with De-Andre Sinette. Inspired by Bryan Kest and Seane Korne, Sinette leads an inversion class Friday then Open Heart and Open Life flow classes Saturday. Sunday will be Yin yoga and juice!
Yoga on High hosts Jason Crandell November 17-19, 2017. Author of many articles in Yoga Journal and multiple videos on Yogaglo, Crandell has special sessions just for yoga teachers on November 17 about keeping the shoulder and pelvic girdles safe. The 18th and 19th he has classes for the general public including “demystifying Lotus” and “best arm balances ever.”
February 16-19, 2018 New York sensation David Regelin returns for the third year running to GoYoga to do a 30-hour workshop. The geometry of his body and his clear articulations have made him a heavily sought after teacher of teachers.
David Keil! March, 7-11, 2018 the author of Functional Anatomy of Yoga, David Keil, is scheduled to return to Yoga On High. Following the example of his mentor John Scott (who taught yoga to Sting), Keil’s classes at Yoga on High are kept small to ensure great teacher/student contact. Also, his format is a work week of daily practice. Keil is amazing at teaching yoga to fit an individual’s anatomy, and he has a great sense of humor.
April 27-29, 2018 Tim Feldman has a weekend workshop at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus. An astonishing practitioner and teacher in his own right, Feldman is the spouse and long-time yoga partner of Kino MacGregor at Miami Life Center. Originally from Denmark, he brings a dry sense of humor to the yoga classroom. Classes are kept small at AYC, so sign up early.
In May 2018, GoYoga hosts Deborah Adele, the author of Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, while at GoYoga, she will lead three workshops, including The Mind: Where Entanglement and Freedom Meet.
Every Spring, Yoga on High usually has local psychologist and internationally acclaimed iRest teacher Stephanie Lopez share her depth of knowledge and love of iRest. Since learning iRest from its founder Dr. Richard Miller in 2002, she has taught thousands, including veterans and others struggling with PTSD. Yoga On High often hosts Tim Miller, RIchard Freeman and Mary Taylor in the Spring, too.
Bikram Hot Yoga Columbus has some special visitors in the works for the coming year, including instructors in their new Hot Inferno Pilates. There may be a return visit by yoga champion, Joseph Encino, also.
By the way, Modo Yoga Columbus, by virtue of its ties to Moksha Yoga in Canada, frequently has international visitors come to guest teach. Once they had an opera singer who sang to everyone Shavasana! Modo is a great studio with very practical showers perfect for after hot yoga; check it out.
Another international teacher with a local presence is Alexandria Crow. Although her home base is Los Angeles and she teaches all over the world, sometimes she holds special sessions at The Art of Yoga in Franklinton. For more information visit yogaphysics.com.
Although the last several road trips through the country that Yoga Journal did skirted Ohio entirely, the Central Ohio yoga scene continues growing lots of great talent. However, it’s fun to have some high-flying visitors bring their celebrity brightness to Central Ohio.