If you have never been, the San Francisco Yoga Journal Live Event is a five day gathering for all things yoga. A few thousand yogi's are expected to descend upon San Francisco during the five day run. Elana Maggal, Yoga Journal Events Director, says the conference isn't just for the hard core yogi, 'It's for everyone. There's the consumer aspect and there's the trade aspect. It's for yoga teachers, yoga studio owners...You can be a beginner, I've heard that sometimes beginners feel a little intimidated by the conference setting, but in fact, there are some beginner classes... We actually have a beginner track and then we have a intermediate and advanced track.'
The event is an opportunity to explore different types of yoga including Vinyasa, Therapeutic, Tantric Yoga and Meditation. Also, if you have been harboring a yoga crush, but had no idea how you would ever end up in his/her class, this is your chance to make it happen. Maggal says the biggest name to hit the conference will be Rodney Yee, 'he's been around for a long time, people will probably recognize him from the videos, DVD's that they sell at Walmart or Target. That's probably the most recognizable name. The other person that we have as our keynote on Friday night is Andrew Weil.' Seane Corn, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and David Swenson will all be leading classes during the event.
Although a majority of the crowd will be local, "People come from all over the world to come to these events...We just did an event in Florida and there were people from Kuwait at the event." explains Maggal.
The San Francisco Yoga Journal Live Event will take place at the Hyatt Regency January 16 - 20. Weekend passes, single day and full event passes are available for purchase. Single class passes will open up a few days before the event.
If you are planning to go, be sure to use the code SOURCE (all caps) when purchasing your ticket to get $50 off a weekend 6-class package.
If you want to check out the event but are a bit tapped out from the holiday shopping, Maggal says you have a few options, 'People can take a free community class. We have community classes during the lunch break everyday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We have a huge market place that is free and open to the public." Beyond the community classes there will also be a number of free panel discussions, workshops and meditation sessions.
If this event looks like fun, be sure to subscribe! Just click the 'subscribe' button below the headline.