Schedule of Activities

Saturday, August 26th, 2017


NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St, Newtown, CT

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Festival Welcome & Morning Warm-Up


Transformation begins here!  Start the day with a beautiful intention-setting meditation ceremony to open sacred space with co-founder Karen Pierce.  Karen wears many hats.  She is a E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist and shamanic healer with nearly 40 years of practice.  She’s also a professional organizer and author of YogaBear, Yoga for Youngsters and co-contributor to Yoga in America.


Celebrate and get warmed up!  Drumming for Opening Sacred Space as well as Journey Dance will be by Rick Quintanal of Crystal Cymbalogy.


 joanne-keane Joanne Keane – Journey Dance
Yoga is to everlastingly dance the dance of oneness.  The JourneyDance™ Flow leads participants on a ritual journey of physical and emotional transformation. Through breath, sweat, and expression, you gain a palpable experience of yourself as pure powerful energy.  JoJo is inspired to help people harness their full power and potential.  She is a Shamanic Energy Healer, Yoga teacher and JourneyDancer.  She has studied extensively for the past 25 years in the magic and science of harnessing the power of the Universe to shift the Mind, Brain, Body and Behaviors.  Learn More
Alexandra Capaldo – Bring the Hoopla Hoop Yoga
In this class, you will stretch and strengthen in traditional Asanas in a new way, by using the Hula Hoop as a prop. Hula hooping opens the hips and strengthens the core. Beginner hooping tricks and techniques will also be taught in this class, to increase energy and experience greater range of motion in the joints. This class is fit for all levels, with many modifications provided throughout the class. No hooping experience is needed, and Hoopla Hoops will be provided.Alexandra Capaldo’s passion is teaching Yoga to all levels, from Chair Yoga to Power Vinyasa. She enjoys the freedom of dancing inside a hula hoop, where she finds creative expression through moving meditation.
Aline Marie – Restorative Yoga
Owner of the recently opened Newtown Yoga Center, Aline is known for her caring heart. Aline guides students working through physical issues (injuries, spinal issues, joint replacements, recovery from accidents, etc.) using a more anatomical and mechanical approach of modern hatha yoga. This same anatomical approach taught more gently and uniquely can assist in navigating delicate emotional challenges including the many levels of trauma and sudden life changes. She is an Artist, Yogi, Thai Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Studio owner.   Learn More
Robert Kwalick – Tai Chi
Robert is a long-term practitioner of Yang style Tai Chi.  He started his journey 35 years ago, identifying moving meditation as his preferred practice. Since then he has studied in the US and in Taiwan and has taught populations including at-risk youth and members of active retirement communities. A seasoned actor and dancer, passionate about movement based spiritual disciplines ranging from ecstatic dance to yoga, Robert’s teaching creates an environment in which students can move freely, authentically and with joy.  He teaches a quarterly workshop at Charym Yoga and Fitness Studio in Litchfield, CT.
Denise Nobile – Children’s Yoga & Activities
We are thrilled to have Denise back this year!  Denise is the founder of Youth Nation Yoga, located in Brewster, NY. She is also an educator with the Somers Central School District where she teaches English language arts at the middle school level. As a long-time yogi, Denise always shared yoga and mindfulness with her students. She knew in her heart that children needed a practice that supported their growing developmental needs, physically, emotionally and socially which is why she enrolled in Little Flower Yoga’s teacher training program in 2015. Since then she has taught local children in studios, schools and public libraries. Additionally, she’s studied extensively with Mindful Schools, completing their Year Long Certification Course.  Learn More

Morning Community Class

10:00AM On the Turf Field

Hala Khouri and Todd Norian

This year, we’re turning the Fest on it’s head!  Join us for a vigorous morning session with Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga®, and Hala Khouri, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World.

  Hala Khouri
Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that addresses trauma and its symptoms. Learn More
Todd Norian
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality and fulfillment. Founder of Ashaya Yoga®, Todd’s style is one of precise therapeutic alignment infused with his passion for the esoteric teachings of Tantra yoga. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a sanctuary of sublime transformation in which students step into the power of their own heart.  Learn More
10:00AM Courtyard

While you are in the community class, there will be children’s yoga and activities to keep the little ones busy.  Denise is the founder of Youth Nation Yoga.  Your kids will be in good hands!

If you don’t want to participate in this vigorous community class, take a stroll out to the courtyard where there will be Tai Chi, Restorative Yoga, Reiki sessions, Reflexology and chair massage.

Lunch, Music & Shopping

11:30AM – 1:00PM Courtyard

The courtyard offers our vendor village, food, live music and pop up wellness demonstrations.  Everything you could ask for from conscious companies.  Shop and support our local vendors.  The market is open to the general public as well as NYF attendees.

Enjoy a bite to eat from one of our local food vendors – Aquarian Catering and Seasonal Catering.  Listen to live melodius music of Rang RaaGa.  Audience participation is encouraged in this divine call and response kirtan and bhajan chanting of ancient Sanskrit mantras, sacred poetry, and music.  Stroll around and get a sneak a peak at the Silent Auction items.  For more detail about our vendors, here’s a list of our supporters. We are grateful to showcase these gifts.

You will also have some opportunities to do Tai-Chi, get some gentle adjustments, enjoy a chair massage, have a reiki session, experience reflexology, or bask in a sound bath in the courtyard.

Afternoon Community Class

1:00PM On the Turf Field

Kathryn Templeton and Tao Porchon-Lynch

Our second community class of the day features Katherine Templeton, who brings her vision of ayurvedic yoga, and Tao Porchon Lynch, who at a stunning 99 years of age, was recently dubbed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s Oldest Yoga Teacher!

Kathryn Templeton
Katherine has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Read More
Tao Porchon Lynch
Tao Porchon-Lynch shows us what is possible and stirs all of us to reach our highest potential regardless of age.. In 2012, she was named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records. The twinkle in her eyes and the brightness of her spirit capture you. Her YouTube videos have garnered over two million views. In June 2015, she wowed judges on America’s Got Talent dancing with her 26-year-old partner to Pitbull’s “Fireball.” More about Tao
1:00PM Courtyard

While you are in the community class, there will be children’s yoga and activities to keep the little ones busy.

While the community class is going on, there will be more Tai Chi, Restorative Yoga, Reiki sessions, Reflexology and chair massage in the Courtyard.

Relax with a Sacred Sound Bath – Tibetan Singing Bowls, Didgeridoo & Closing Mantra

3:00PM – 3:30PM On the Turf Field

Jennifer Aurélia (Aurelia’s Light) will perform a closing mantra off her “Goddess Rising” release and lead a powerful sacred sound and energy circle. Guiding participants into a journey through sonic bliss using her voice and sound to tap into our highest vibration of love. She will be supported by intuitive sound healers Casey Dixon and Kelvin Young and Kundalini yoga instructors Chris Smith and Jen Ripa-Edson.

One of last year’s participants said “If there’s a heaven, that’s where she took me!”

  Jennifer Aurelia
Jennifer Aurelia (Aurelia’s Light) is the founder and director of SOUND. She is a new age artist & composer, Reiki Master & sound/resonance healer, teacher and an explorer of sound and it’s effects on conscious evolution.For more information about Jennifer and her music visit
  Casey Dixon is a musician dedicated to offering intuitive sound therapy in which he weaves the sacred vibrations of the Didgeridoo, Gong, Crystal Bowls, with the rhythms of the flute, drum and other various traditional indigenous instruments.  Deeply relaxing and transformational.  He is also a master at Digi beatbox and will make you want to get up and get your groove on!


  Kelvin Young is a Holistic Stress Management Instructor and Sound Healer.. The first time he was exposed to sound healing, Kelvin discovered that the sound of the crystal singing bowls calmed his mind, relaxed his body, and nourished his soul. He went onto study sound healing with Master sound healers, Paul Hubbert of The Institute for Holographic Sound & Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of The international Academy of Sound Healing.  Kelvin has presented around the country in a diversity of settings.  He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.
3:45PM Courtyard

Silent Auction drawing.  Last opportunity to shop at the Vendor Village.