Monday, December 5, 2022

Casper Karma Yoga Festival returns with new location, two

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The Casper Karma Yoga Festival is returning Saturday, July 9, after a two-year hiatus. For the first time, the festival will be held at the Casper Boat Club at Alcova Lake.

“We’re gonna be at the lake, there’s gonna be wildlife, it’s going to be beautiful. There’s amazing scenery, so there’s a lot of really fun and interesting energy going on there,” said Karma Yoga Festival Board Member Hannah Martinez.

In 2018, a group of local yoga teachers completing their 500-hour Teacher Training hosted a successful yoga festival as part of their graduation project. They saw such success with the event that several other yoga instructors joined together to keep the event alive.

The festival is designed to welcome people regardless of their yoga experience. Some classes focus on breathwork and meditation while others are more active.

“There’s things for all different levels and all different styles of people. That’s something that a festival can do, bring that all together and give everybody an opportunity to see how fun yoga can be,” said Martinez.

Yoga teachers from across Wyoming will be offering lessons. Vendors will also be at the event selling yoga clothes and gear, crystals, and more.

“There’s going to be many different styles of yoga, everything from classes for beginners to advanced people. There’s going to be a partner’s class, standup paddleboard yoga on the water. A sound bath, so there’s meditation involved as well,” said Karma Yoga Festival Board Member Alaina Binfet.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to two local nonprofit organizations, Casper’s Health Care for the Homeless and the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Taskforce.

Health Care for the Homeless Clinic of Casper provides primary and preventive health care to individuals who are unhoused or in unstable housing, regardless of their ability to pay. They address the medical problems which often present as obstacles when families and individuals begin trying to get back on their feet.

The Natrona County Suicide Prevention Taskforce is a volunteer task force that works to spread awareness, prevent suicide, and promote help-seeking behavior.

“We like to pick nonprofits or organizations in general that maybe aren’t as well known, or don’t necessarily have the means to have big fundraising events so this year, because we missed the last two years, we have two beneficiaries,” said Binfet.

Classes will be hosted every hour, 11 classes are being offered. Tickets can be purchased online, with options for a full day pass, half-day pass, or individual class purchases.

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