Press Releases

Press Release – 14 September 2015

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Contact person: Jennifer Morgan Telephone number: 585-538-3263 Email address:director@rochesteryogafestival.com Website address: rochesteryogafestival.com

Rochester Yoga Festival Growing For a Third Year

A one day yoga retreat showcasing the wide range of styles of yoga practiced in the Rochester area will be held at the Saint John Fisher Varsity Gym on October 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Rochester Yoga Festival is back for a third year, providing five yoga class sessions throughout the day, with several styles of yoga that are practiced throughout Rochester, including; Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar, and more. Instructors will include Ryan Barry from Breathe Yoga, Susan Smelt from Midtown Athletic Club, Michael Amy from Open Sky, Leslee Schenk Trzcinski from Finger Lakes Yogascapes, and Sandra Kurzdorfer from Molly’s Yoga Corner. All yoga sessions will be interpreted for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.

Schenk Trzcinski says, “The Rochester Yoga Festival is a microcosm of what is going on in the yoga scene nationally – talented and dedicated organizers bringing together a wide range of yoga styles and then coupling it with health and wellness expertise to make for potentially life changing experiences for people that day.”

Leslee furthers, “There is something for everyone at the festival, including people brand new to yoga. It is important for people to find the yoga style that best resonates with them and this event offers that and so much more.”

Ryan Barry adds in, “I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s Rochester Yoga Festival teaching team. Sharing the practice of yoga and all it has to offer is my favorite thing on this planet to do. I am both excited and privileged to be a part of this amazing event that will touch the lives of one another and our Rochester community that we live in.”

There will be two breakout sessions during the lunch break, including; an outdoor AcroYoga jam session with Joanne Wu, and Aerial Yoga demo session taught by William and Jennifer Dovidio from Aerial Arts of Rochester.

Attendees will enjoy live music from local artists before the yoga sessions begin and during select yoga sessions, access to local health and wellness vendors, and numerous handmade items by local artisans.

The festival will feature acupuncture mini-sessions, natural foods including raw and gluten-free from Lori’s Natural Foods, locally made home décor, jewelry, hair services, energy assessments, tarot card reading and the opportunity to sample many different and diverse styles of yoga.

The event holds 270 attendees and the sheer size of each session is sure to energize attendees and provide a contrast to a normal studio practice.

Festival Director Jennifer Morgan says, “This year’s yoga festival is going to be the best year yet. This one day retreat is the best way for the yoga community to come together and experience teachings from praised teachers throughout the Rochester area, music, as well as experience services and see local items they might not otherwise, all to benefit charity.”

Proceeds from the Rochester Yoga Festival will go to the Willow Domestic Violence Center.

About The Rochester Yoga Festival

Rochester Yoga Festival is an organization founded by Amy Mercovich, D.C., to promote yoga, healthful living, and happiness. This event is intended to a provide fun full day of yoga, meditation and access to massage therapists, other natural health care providers as well as local artisans selling handmade items. For more information visit http://www.rochesteryogafestival.com

 

About The Willow Center

Willow Domestic Violence Center has provided services for the Greater Rochester community for nearly 40 years. In 2015, Willow Center changed its name from Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW) to better reflect the breadth of services we provide and the clients we serve. Willow Center is the only New York State certified domestic violence service provider serving Monroe County, NY. Over half the clients that come to the Willow Center are from the City of Rochester and nearly half are from the surrounding suburbs. Fore more information visit http://www.willowcenterny.org

 

Press Release – 24 June 2014

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Contact person: Jennifer Morgan Telephone number: 585-538-3263 Email address:director@rochesteryogafestival.com Website address: rochesteryogafestival.com

Rochester Yoga Festival Is Back For A Second Year

Rochester, NY — A one day yoga festival showcasing both the wide ranging styles of yoga practiced in the Rochester area and some of our talented, enthusiastic local instructors is being held at the Saint John Fisher Varsity Gym on September 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Rochester Yoga Festival created to embrace and celebrate the Rochester yoga community, is back for a second year expanding their event offerings by providing five class sessions throughout the day, with several styles of yoga that are practiced throughout Rochester, including; Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, YogaWorks Style Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama, Bikram Yoga and more. Instructors will include Carly Weis from Breathe Yoga, Aimee Senise Bohn from TruYoga and Midtown Athletic Club, Joan Nichols from Inspire Yoga, Aaron Fleischer from Bikram Yoga Rochester, Carrie Herscovici from Prana Yoga, and Molly Huff from Molly’s Yoga Corner.

Bohn says, “Any chance for us to connect to one another on a broader scale that opens our bodies, minds, and hearts to new vistas, ideas, and energy is the ultimate form of yoga. An event like the Rochester Yoga Festival should not be missed for that reason alone!”

Carly Weis adds, “I am excited to be a part of the 2nd annual Rochester Yoga Festival. There is so much passion, knowledge, and talent within the Rochester yoga community and to be able to come together on one day to share and to learn is a way to celebrate that.”

There will be three breakout sessions to liven up the lunch break, including; an outdoor pranayama session, an outdoor yoga session, and an AcroYoga jam session with Joanne Wu.

This event also provides attendees access to local health and wellness vendors, live music, a henna tattoo artist, and numerous handmade items by local artisans.

The Rochester Yoga Festival will offer Rochesterians the perfect opportunity to sample many different and diverse styles of yoga that they might not otherwise try. The event holds 270 attendees and the sheer size of each session is sure to wow attendees and provide a contrast to a normal studio practice.

Festival Director Jennifer Morgan says, “I had the pleasure of attending this festival last year as a student, and had never experience this many people doing yoga together in one place.” “There is a distinct energy that is created when people are doing something they love around others that are also passionate about the same thing. This is the best way for the yoga community to come together and experience teachings from all of the praised teachers throughout the area.”

Registration for the Rochester Yoga Festival is open now at rochesteryogafestival.com.

About The Rochester Yoga Festival

Rochester Yoga Festival is an organization founded by Amy Mercovich, D.C., to promote yoga, healthful living, and happiness. This event is intended to a provide fun, a full day of yoga, meditation and access to massage therapists, other natural health care providers as well as local artisans selling handmade items. For more information visit http://www.rochesteryogafestival.com

Press Release – 8 May 2013 (Click here to download a pdf)

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Contact person: Amy Mercovich
Telephone number: 585-260-7427
Email address: director@rochesteryogafestival.com
Website address: rochesteryogafestival.com

Rochester Yoga Festival Coming This Fall

Rochester, NY — A one day yoga festival showcasing both the wide ranging styles of yoga practiced in the Rochester area and some of our talented, enthusiastic local instructors is being held at the Saint John Fisher Varsity Gym on October 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Yoga is practiced in a diverse array of forms by people of all ages and fitness levels all over the world. The Rochester Yoga Festival is an event that was created to embrace and celebrate that inclusive spirit. Several styles of yoga that are practiced in our area will be featured, including Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga, Yin-style restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, and Iyengar yoga. Instructors will include Cyndi Weis from Breathe Yoga Studios, Enrique Fulchi from Atman Yoga, Karen Reisdorf from Blue Pearl Yoga, and Cindy Edington from Tranquil Heart Wellness and Inspire Yoga. There will be four group yoga sessions held throughout the day, a short meditation, health and wellness vendors, and even live drummers and a henna tattoo artist.  An AcroYoga Jam Session with Joanne Wu and friends will liven up the lunch break.

The Rochester Yoga Festival will offer a fun and easy way for Rochesterians to sample a style of yoga that might be new to them or perhaps to try yoga for the first time. Practicing yoga in a larger group also offers a different experience. According to Festival Director Amy Mercovich, “When many people get together to do yoga, there is an amazing energy that is created that makes you feel happy and alive. Then, the icing on the cake is that when you go home, you want to be nicer to yourself and your family.”

Registration for the Rochester Yoga Festival is open now at rochesteryogafestival.com.

Click this link for a 2 Minute News 8 at Noon Interview of Joanne Wu about the Rochester Yoga Festival
http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/rochester-yoga-festival-set-for-sunday/d/story/wdElFJBvwE6mk5ctuSLmoQ

Quotes

Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Rochester Yoga Festival

IMG_6618“The Rochester Yoga Festival is about something really pure, the love for yoga that the Rochester Community shares. It is a way to come together and experience a little something extra by getting a taste of what is going on in the yoga community and in other studios. I am so happy to be a part of something that is truly for everyone, the festival is a place where everyone is welcome.”

 

Aimee Senise Bohn, Shri Vinyasa Yoga

Aimee Bohn2“Any chance for us, as yogis, to connect to one another on a broader scale that opens our bodies, minds, and hearts to new vistas, ideas, and energy is the ultimate form of Yoga. An event like the Rochester Yoga Festival should not be missed for that reason alone!”

Joan Nichols, Inspire Yoga

Joan at door“I have always wanted to positively effect future generations. Yoga gives me the opportunity to do just that. I am grateful that I will be able to share my passion for yoga with you all at the 2nd Annual Yoga Festival.”

Cyndi Weis, Breathe Yoga

download“I love the energy of teaching yoga to the masses. Yoga has been around for thousands of years, it’s really quite simple, and if we just don’t complicate it, it can be an amazing experience on day one.”

 

Karen Reisdorf, Blue Pearl Yoga

Karen Reisdorf photo 1“The Rochester Yoga Festival helps people learn what is out there in the yoga world for expansion of their own practice and growth in different ways.”

 

 

Enrique Fulchi, Atman Yoga Studio

enrique_fulchi“Practicing yoga with a lot of people, it raises the vibration… the energy is stronger, it’s more enjoyable.”

 

Cindy Edington, Tranquil Heart Wellness and Inspire Yoga Studio

cindy_edington“The Rochester Yoga Festival is a great opportunity for the yoga community.”

 

Joanne Wu, M.D., Fit2bWell and AcroYoga

JoannWu_07-12-13-4254“As a doctor and a yoga teacher, I think events like the Rochester Yoga Fest can help build a stronger, more cohesive cohort of health professionals who believe in the powerful, healing energy of yoga therapy.”

 

 

Amy Mercovich, D.C., Founder of the Rochester Yoga Festival

photo“The Rochester Yoga Festival was created to showcase the amazing yoga teachers and yoga studios in the Rochester area while also raising money for charity, celebrating health and vitality, and to simply have a lot of fun.”