BY MADDY ROUTON
Header image courtesy of New Leaf Club
Last year, I was fortunate enough to teach an incredibly enjoyable free-flowing Vinyasa yoga class with lively and energetic students in the lush garden of Sunset Rec, jiving with the pedal-powered music floating all around us. This year, with all the running-around I'll be doing, I'm excited to say that Ecochella is keeping the yoga tradition alive with some fantastic local teachers. Bring some comfy clothes and get ready to limber up (for all the dancing you'll be doing, duh) with these yogis and yoginis!
1. DAN WARD YOGA: 6-7 PM
GOING BY THE NICKNAME "DANWARDDOG," DAN WARD HAS A FUN AND ENERGETIC TEACHING STYLE PERFECTLY SUITED TO OUR PEDAL-TASTIC FESTIVAL!
"In his youth, Dan loved running in a pack in the neighborhood, playing free the tree, ghost in the graveyard and, above all, football. He also ran in a BMX gang whose main goal, aside from shredding the trails behind the high school, was to hit the white hen for candy and soda. In high school, he suffered a severe reaction when bitten by the acting bug and was confused for awhile, thinking he was Deniro or something. This reaction persisted and he subsequently matriculated to the theatre school at Depaul University ultimately earning a BFA in acting. The first class on his first day of college, drum roll please, yoga! And he hated it. Well, actually, the reaction was a bit more mixed. Perhaps the challenges were a bit too intense for him at the time. But the seed was planted. After graduating, Dan moved to Santa Monica, California with his girlfriend, now wife, Lesley. It wasn’t but a few weeks into residing in Oceanside that Dan discovered Bryan Kest’s power yoga class. It was what he liked to call a “lifequake“. Bryan’s intense style of vinyasa changed dan’s life. Now with four beautiful daughters and 10,000 hugs later, Dan realized teaching yoga would be a dream!"
...ADDED PERK! REJUICE WILL BE GIVING OUT FREE JUICE SAMPLES TO DAN WARD'S ATTENDEES!
Rejuice is an organic beverage and vegan food cafe specializing in organic & vegan juice, smoothies and food.
"We use local and organically certified produce; every beverage is cold pressed and hand crafted by our master juicer, Ron Anthony. We offer customized cleanses and nutritional advice as well as our juice delivery and refillable bottle exchange program. Quality, consistency and attention to detail are just a few of the many things that set us apart from other juice bars."
2. PURE BARRE: 4-5 PM
Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body.
"In just 55 minutes you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up! The concentration involved while taking Pure Barre allows you to block "life" out for the hour, creating the mental benefits similarly obtained by the practice of yoga or meditation. A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour—it doesn't get much better than this."
3. KATIE ZELLER YOGA
On top of being a yoga goddess, Katie Zeller is a busy UCLA student, working as UCLA Farmer's Market Manager, Event Sustainability Specialist at UCLA Recreation, and an active voice in E3, the host organization for Ecochella. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and a close friend to all of us here at Ecochella. We are so excited to have her graceful teaching and gentle presence at our event this year!