This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme is Grief, Loss & Renewal

This year is especially poignant.  The Newtown Yoga Festival is part of the non-profit, The Avielle Foundation.  The foundation was created by the parents of Avielle Richman: one of the first graders killed in The Sandy Hook School shootings in 2012.

Dr. Jeremy Richman, a neuroscientist and his wife Jennifer, also a scientist, started the foundation to “Prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement and education.”  Yoga Fest is part of the community engagement and education piece.  On March 26 of this year, Dr. Richman died by suicide.

Savoring Life’s Lessons

Loss of a loved one can lead to unshakable feelings of regret, guilt, and longing.  Healing from grief is a journey from heartbreak to wholeness, from darkness to light.  Since grief is a body-centered process, yoga provides techniques to integrate and move through challenging emotions to a deeper level of acceptance and completeness. 

The healing practices of yoga on and off the mat make it easier to navigate difficult emotions and move forward in life.  Mindfulness-based meditation practices and body-centered movement for integration allow us to release the pain of loss and reconnect our mind, body and spirit with love.

This Newtown Yoga Festival is designed to:

  • increase your stress resilience and renew your energy
  • release tension, dispel anxiety, quiet your mind, and help you sleep soundly
  • increase lung capacity, oxygenation, and cardio-respiratory health
  • improve recovery from negative life experiences or trauma
  • connect you to your inner self and others
  • improve relationships and empathic abilities

Yoga helps you sleep better. It helps relieve stress and anxiety.  It improves your balance, strength, and endurance. It cultivates an awareness of your body’s abilities that you can carry over into other sports and into all aspects of your life. Why would you hold yourself back from easy access to all these benefits? Let go of the sense that you have to be good at yoga to do yoga.

These benefits can be enjoyed by everyone!  They are particularly effective for Veterans, Military personnel, survivors of mass disasters, anyone impacted by school attacks, individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD, cancer, Lyme disease, lung problems, toxic exposures, and victims of abuse.

Please join us as we turn on the body’s innate healing systems in the most effective, sustainable way to improve mental and physical health.

The Newtown Yoga Festival Committee