Sep 12, 2013
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Namaste, Tulsa

Namaste, Tulsa

Keri Edwardes, Melissa Cameron and Joe Picorale prepare for this year’s I AM Yoga Festival."The I AM Yoga Festival came about as an idea to bring yoga to more people in Tulsa in a new and exciting way,” says Melissa Cameron, co-director of the festival, which will be held at Tulsa’s Centennial Park Sept. 14 and 15. The first festival in 2011 was held in Bixby during October with more than 700 people in attendance.

In 2012, organizers moved the festival to Chandler Park. They upped the vendors from 25 to 50, and more than 1,000 people attended.

Yoga instructor Keri Edwardes attended both of the previous I AM festivals and is excited for what’s to come. “Tulsa has such a strong sense of community,” Edwardes says. 

“Our festival is entirely a grassroots effort,” says Cameron, “meaning we use our fundraising events and our sponsorships to fund the festival.” Six directors work year-round to produce the festival. As close friends, the directors have built it out of their love for each other, for yoga and for stronger community, says Cameron. “We believe in the human spirit and the essence that we are all one,” she adds.

To stay in touch with the yoga community this year, free yoga classes have been held in Centennial Park. So, hopes are high for many more people to attend. According to Edwardes, it’s not just yoga that people should look forward to. The festival hosts many vendors, musicians and artists as well.

Organizers hope to have 2,000-3,000 people in attendance. Among other activities, they are planning the first one-mile I AM Love Run.

Other yoga activities will include Glow Yoga (black lights and body paint) as well as belly dancing and acro yoga (acrobatics and yoga) classes.

“Our vision is about bringing community together through fun yoga experiences, the creative expression of art, and live music,” says Cameron. “We hope to unite Tulsa together in creating more love, more peace and healthier, happier people.”

Admission is free. Yoga and workshop passes are available for purchase online and at the festival. Centennial Park is located at East Sixth Street and South Peoria Avenue.

For schedules and additional information, visit www.iammindbodyspirit.com

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