Wondering what to expect from Drishti Fest?
Be prepared to deepen both your practice and your perspective.
Drishti: (Sanskrit: दृष्टि; IAST:dṛṣṭi) A “focused gaze,” used to develop a concentrated intention.
If you’re anything like me, allowing ourselves to disconnect, tune in and find focus can be incredibly challenging both on and off the mat. We live in a fast-paced world with a multitude of stimuli all fighting for our attention. It’s no surprise that we all have frequent “squirrel!” moments like the dog from Pixar’s Up.
Enter Drishti Fest.
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or you’re still working up the strength to be barefoot with your bum in the air standing on a rubber rectangle, Drishti Fest is great opportunity to reconnect with and uncover that “concentrated intention” in life and your yoga practice.
Be prepared for some seriously soulful experiences led by amazing instructors, scholars and influencers in the worldwide yoga community–all in our own backyard here in Hampton Roads. How lucky are we?
There will be laughing, dancing, singing, chanting, slacklining and drumming–yes, I said drumming. Get stoked yogis.
For those that are new to yoga, I encourage that you check out the Drishti Fest schedule and event descriptions. You may be surprised to find that all events are beginner-friendly! Drishti Fest is intended to be a learning experience for all attendees. Many events are discussion-based, and all sessions welcome and encourage questions. As a new yogi, you can expect to walk away from Drishti Fest with a fresh perspective and solid foundation from which to grow and nurture your yoga practice.
Drishti Fest also offers Seva (sanskrit word meaning “service”) Sessions that are complementary to the public. These sessions are from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday and provide a taste of the yoga lifestyle, offered by regional yoga and wellness teachers. To ensure that this festival has a positive impact on the community, participants in the Seva Sessions are encouraged to offer a donation to one of the participating charities.
For our yogis that hit the mat daily, be prepared to deepen your practice and add some new milestones to your yoga journey. Perhaps you’ve never explored Ayurveda or the flow of energy in your practice, or maybe you’ve been dying to make noises, laugh and sing while you practice. All of these things can be a part of your Drishti Fest experience.
My Personal Recommendations:
The Energy of Ayurvedic Asana with Mas Vidal: Friday, 10:00-12:00
“This workshop provides an in-depth focus on how to work with the energy of various asanas (postures) according to the wisdom of Ayurveda. Based on natural laws, this approach helps you understand how to practice asana in different ways to compliment balance and wellbeing. It’s a great way to learn that there are many ways to practice alignment and where to focus your energy to get the most from the postures. Enjoy learning different options to some of your favorite poses or perhaps least desirable postures. Build strength, increase flexibility and improve your body-mind connection! Lets have some fun.”
Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain with Ann Swanson: Friday, 12:30-1:30 (Seva Session)
At least 1 in 5 U.S. adults have arthritis. Even more than that have chronic pain that limits joint movement. That is a huge portion of yoga students! Learn about the scientific research in the field that supports yoga and ways to adapt yoga for joint limitations.
Virginia is for Yogis with Hampton Roads’ teachers: Saturday, 8:15-9:45
Put some pep in your step, salt in your hair, and love in your heart as you move and flow to the incredible live musical accompaniment of Norfolk native Jake Hull. Gather under the beach tent for this very special class celebrating the love and consciousness happening right here in Virginia Beach. Teachers include : Ann Richardson Stevens, Kate Patterson Baldwin, Amber Favaregh, Jen Fedorowicz, and more.
Happy Yoga with Steve Ross: Saturday, 10:00-12:30
Happy Yoga is a fluid flow yoga class set to contemporary music, with an emphasis on enjoying yourself versus perfect alignment. Just come, move and smile.The goal of this class is to have fun!
For the Love of Sangha with Kate Patterson Baldwin: Sunday, 1:45-3:45
“Join Kate for a mindful leadership workshop grown from the roots of yoga. Via the yamas and the niyamas, Patanjali offers the tools needed to turn any individual into a confident, capable, and fearless human being. If self-awareness and vision are added to the mix, the potential for leadership is awakened. In this workshop, we will write, share, brainstorm, and listen our way deeper into ourselves in an effort to shed light on our purpose and give strength to our voices. Never underestimate your power to make a difference.”
Yoga for the Workplace with Stephanie Fontaine: Sunday, 12:30-1:30 (Seva Session):
“Learn how to bring your yoga practice to the workplace to enhance the wellbeing of your co-workers, your company and yourself. We will focus on putting together a 15 minute sequence that can be performed in most office spaces to combat the digestive effects of working at a desk. The sequence and breathing exercises you will learn will reduce stress, reduce back and neck pain and strengthen the core.”
Yogi Essentials for Drishti Fest:
Your mat (that rubber rectangle mentioned before)
An extra change of clothes in case you’re super sweaty
Lunch or money for lunch nearby
Blocks or straps if you use them regularly
Any hair accessories you may need. You don’t want that man bun blocking your Drishti!
And last, but certainly not least bring an open mind
For more info, here is the website.