One Fire Hot Yoga FestivalNovember 14th - 18th, 2017
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About this Festival
ONE FIRE FEST WAS BORN OUT OF OUR DESIRE TO CREATE A GATHERING SPACE FOR THIS GLOBAL + DIVERSE HOT YOGA COMMUNITY.
We are all connected by a deep respect and gratitude for this sequence and the path that made it accessible to us today. As the hot yoga world evolves, we seek to co-create a space for all hot yoga lovers to gather. We hope to change the conversation around hot yoga to one that is fruitful, engaging, educational, inspirational, and spiritual. We support all expressions of yoga, and we hope to open the minds and hearts of all to allow us to embrace each other with all our different practices and philosophies.
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Current location: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Day job: Beach Bum
Describe your first hot yoga class in 1 word: Weird
Favorite post-class drink/snack: Coconut Water
What motivates you to go to class when you least want to: Fear of God
If you could invite any celebrity to practice next to you, you’d ask: Musashi
Motto: Good energy will get you far
When I was 12 my parents sent me to India to learn meditation, yoga and Sikh religious practices. They were devotees of the Indian master, Yogi Bhajan. I was raised Sikh but with my light skin, curly hair and sloppy turban, I was always a little out of place in America. And in India I was even more unusual. But more defining than anything, I was poor with angst for something more. So as the unusual student that I was at boarding school, I began buying and selling biscuits, cookies, juices, ice cream and more. I built my operation from a shop out of a trunk into a thriving business, employing my peers and living large India style. Only later would I realize I am the only white man to go to India to open a 7-11.
More recently I opened a hotel in Mexico. I purchased a property and built it into a thriving retreat center. We host groups from all over the world. Reservations for our retreats get booked over a year in advance. Only when one of my contractors asked if I was a wetback did I realize I was “one of those people”. He said that if Trump were elected I was definitely the first to go for being a Mexican and looking like a Muslim.
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current location: Fairfax VA
Day job: Teaching Yoga
Describe your first hot yoga class in 1 word: Juicy
Favorite post-class drink/snack: kombucha
What motivates you to go to class when you least want to: the idea of feeling awesome afterward
If you could invite any celebrity to practice next to you, you’d pick: Adam Levine
Motto: Do everything with love & passion
Jimmy Barkan is a master yoga teacher certified by Ghosh’s College of India, Calcutta, India in 1981. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of yoga in the United States, practicing long before yoga became popular and mainstream. Jimmy began his yoga career under the guidance and wisdom of Bikram Choudhury and was honored when he became known as Bikram’s Most Senior Teacher, an accomplishment very few have since obtained. Jimmy’s first yoga studio opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 1983, making it one of the first Bikram Yoga schools in the world. Jimmy opened Yoga schools in Plantation, Florida in 2001 and Boca Raton Florida in 2012.
Mary Jarvis is one of the most senior teachers in the Hot Yoga world. Her depth and breadth of knowledge have gained her a reputation for training world champion athletes as well as helping people use yoga asana to heal acute injuries. Her workshops are a creative exploration of techniques and postures. She will often use yogis she has trained to demonstrate setting up a foundation in a posture and then exploring that foundation as far as the mind can conceive. Mary is an engaging speaker and a knowledgeable teacher with over 30 years of experience.
Mary has been teaching and training with Bikram and his yoga for over 30 years and knows what it feels like to use this yoga to recover from Pain and Fat!
She is twice named “Who’s Who in Bikram Yoga” by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of the top three Bikram Teachers in the World. She is named Head Coach in the International Yoga Asana Championships and serves on the Board of Directors of USA Yoga Federation. Their goal is to introduce yoga to the Olympics and the Youth of the world. People come from all over the world to train with her at her school in San Francisco. She has trained 7 World Asana Yoga Champions and hundreds of European,American,Asian and Regional Champions from around the world.
Mary Jarvis has been a student of Bikram and teaching Bikram Style Yoga for 26 years. She is an excellent illustrator of technique and a boundless source of Yoga inspiration. As a survivor of a near fatal auto accident, Mary is living proof of the powers of Bikram Yoga.To relieve chronic pain from herniated discs in her spine, Mary practices this yoga daily rather than opting for surgery, Prednisone and pain killers. Steadfast in her belief in the power of this Yoga she tries to live life free of pain and express herself through Yoga with kindness, grace,and love.
“In January of 95, I came back to yoga wearing a neck brace and a back brace, weighing 159 pounds, barely able to move, in incredible 24 hour chronic pain, and very very depressed. I practiced this yoga every day for 2 years to avoid surgery, and demonstrated to my students that you can lose weight and heal yourself with this Bikram yoga practice”. This yoga is preventative medicine. A process by which the individual can reverse the effects of poor posture and chronic ailments. In a relatively short period of time with regular practice, the body WILL transform itself, gaining in strength, stamina and flexibility….and …You CAN change the shape of your body!”I know what it’s like to practice this yoga being 40 pounds overweight , in incredible pain, barely able to move… and I know how to get out of it.
There is not anything unique about me. Anyone and everyone can do what I have done. “There are 72 yoga schools in this country and Europe that were started by students who originally practiced with Mary at Global Yoga!
Craig Villani has been teaching yoga since 1999 and served for nearly a decade as International Director of Education and Teacher Training for the Bikram Yoga College of India. Throughout his tenure, he guided thousands of instructors and facilitators through one of the most challenging and effective hatha yoga teacher training programs in the world.
He has led thousands of classes and hundreds of seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and retreats throughout the world, focusing on yoga therapy, mindfulness, and integrative health.
Craig directs Raja Yoga Academy, a global organization dedicated to educating and empowering ethical, compassionate, and confident leaders within the modern yoga community.
For further information about Craig and Raja Yoga Academy, please visit rajayogaacademy.com.
Aching with back and joint pain, Gianna followed a friend’s recommendation and took her first yoga class to end her sedentary living. After just a few weeks of practice, her pain dropped; within a year, she was off all medications; at two years she began advanced asana training; and by year three she certified as a teacher. Thirsty to know, she went full time studying, teaching and practicing the 26 + 2 series, Ashtanga yoga, theory, philosophy, and anatomy. She sees more clearly by the light of her teachers: Mary Jarvis, Emmy Cleaves, Saraswathi Jois, and Leslie Kaminoff. Gianna is a Bikram certified teacher, a 500-hour Yoga alliance certified teacher, and teaches meditation, yin and ashtanga/vinyasa in addition to the 26+2 and classic 84 asana series.
You can find Gianna internationally for workshops and trainings under her Siddhi School of Yoga and often in Arizona and Chicagoland area.
Yoga is for everyone. It is a science developed to maintain and help heal the human body and mind. A Pittsburgh native, Zeb studied yoga all over the world. After his intensive, nine week teacher training with Bikram Choudhury in Honolulu, Hawaii, Zeb set out to travel and bring the gift of yoga, of health, to as many people and places as possible. From the beaches of Mexico, all throughout the United States, Australia, and Southeast Asia, each new place has put him in touch with wonderful new cultures, new students, and new teachers.Zeb is the 2014 National and International Champion. Zeb placed in the top four of the USA Yoga National Finals from 2008 to 2014.Bringing with him a deep knowledge of yoga technique, Zeb also has an extensive background in dance, physical theater, mask work, and the performing arts, holding a BFA in Theater Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Michael Gannon is one of the shining star of international teachers in the area of yoga and transformation. His rare understanding and unique teaching style of the original vinyasa system supports the idea that yoga’s awakening powers — physical, mental and spiritual — are available to all, slowly, slowly, through daily yoga practices. He has imparted this unique teaching style by training over 300+ teachers worldwide in his GAVY Teacher Apprenticeships. Michael founded the Yoga Dealer brand in 2005 and his DVDs, CDs and Posters are used by practitioners worldwide. His Ashtanga Yoga with Michael Gannon App, released in 2011, is the number one Ashtanga app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Robbin is a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer/(Niger, West Africa ’95-’97) With a Masters of Education, US National Yoga Alliance Approved trainings in Yoga College of India Method, Kripalu Yoga, Kripalu Yoga Dance, Prana Yoga, and Yoga Skills Technique, having taught throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, and most recently the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific, through stories, and experiences of her life she brings a wealth of cultural understanding and passion to 17 years teaching.
Bel Carpenter has been teaching yoga, training teachers, and running yoga studios in Colorado since 1997. He is the proud father of two children, and is the co-founder of Vimana Yoga. Vimana Yoga is an accessible practice of five styles of yoga which skillfully combines asana, pranayama, and meditation to help practitioners realize their greatest potential. Bel has assisted Yogarupa, Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga Master Trainings, and is studying to lead “The Four Desires” Workshops. Bel’s passion for yoga comes from his passion for the practice. He believes that “Yoga and meditation are the single greatest tools that we have to heal ourself, others, and the world.”
Harnam (Tony Zatzick), MFA, is an artist, yogi and musician who deftly weaves these powerful elements into his transformational workshops. Whether creating mandalas, leading sacred chant, or teaching yoga – Harnam will take you there. He is known for his heart-centered, authentic, and engaging style. His paintings and recordings are critically acclaimed for their transformational and soulful power. His new Spirit Voyage album: “Meditations for Removing Obstacles” is now available on iTunes, and Amazon. Visit www.harnamusic.com to experience his paintings and other albums: “A Fearless Heart” and “All Roads”, and “Awakening Your Creative Fire”.
I love yoga and have been teaching since 2007. I opened @yogaeastaustin in Austin, Texas in 2014, and now love practicing and teaching even more! I teach Bikram and Vinyasa classes, plus a weekly Backbending class inspired by my teacher, Mary Jarvis.
I’d been practicing yoga on and off for years, but never full committed to a practice until I took my first Bikram yoga class while attending grad school. After my first class, I couldn’t believe it was possible to feel so good naturally! I replaced all my self-destructive addictions with a healthy addiction to a regular yoga practice. After finishing my Master of Arts degree in English lit, I did a 180 degree turn and went from academia to Bikram Yoga teacher training in Acapulco in 2008. After two years of living, breathing and dreaming of nothing but yoga, I opened Bikram Yoga Red Deer in 2010 with my husband Josh and our 6 week old son, Arjuna. After receiving a lot of conflicting information about practicing yoga during my first pregnancy, I went to the source and studied the Pregnancy series with Rajashree Choudhury at Kripalu, practiced throughout 2 more healthy pregnancies, and created a Pregnancy Yoga poster that is featured on Rajashree’s website and used in studios worldwide. Ready for a change, and to test our belief in non-attachment, in 2015 Josh and I decided to sell our successful yoga studio, house, and all our belongings to travel the world with our kids and teach yoga on the road. We moved into an overland RV and have been driving from studio to studio throughout Canada, USA and Mexico teaching yoga, doing seminars, and business coaching as the Nomad Yoga Family. We strive to apply our yoga principles to everyday life through travel by living simply, being in nature, and staying flexible in all situations!
As a former junior hockey player, who could barely touch his knees let alone his toes, I was dragged kicking and screaming to my first Bikram yoga class by my wife, Jenna. Despite growing up in a yoga family — my Dad is an Ashtanga and Yin teacher — my past yoga experiences consisted of either just watching the class or being suspended by a strap, a bolster, six blocks and a blanket while everyone else could do all the postures. With hot yoga, for the first time I felt like I could actually move! In 2010 with plans to open a yoga studio and Jenna pregnant, I thought I’d better go to teacher training. While we owned Bikram Yoga Red Deer, I coached and organized several yoga asana championships and competed at the international level. After working with numerous business coaches and developing staff mentorship, sales training, and marketing programs at our studio, I started getting approached by other yoga studio owners looking for help with their business. When we decided to sell our studio (as well as our house and everything else we owned) to travel full time with our kids, I got even deeper into the wellness industry by teaching and doing business consulting for yoga studios on the road through Nomad Business Coaching. I found that the industry has changed so much in recent years and studios with a great product are struggling unnecessarily. In 2016 I became a certified Mindbody consultant, created the first online course for yoga business called The Foundation, and launched our powerful onsite Studio Overhaul program. While business coaching with studio owners all over the world, it has been awesome to see them spread yoga to more students and get the compensation they deserve.
Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious and well equipped yoga room, swimming pool, a rooftop dining area and 2 kitchens. Bedrooms can set for either single or double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms. Casa Om also has a new dorm that sleeps up to 6 people in bunk beds.
The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and wifi are provided. Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.
All info here: http://onefirefest.com/h
At Casa Om we run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. We offer extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. Visitors love our fresh juices and superfood smoothies. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. We love to make gluten free and vegan meals as well.
We will include breakfast each morning and dinner 4 nights out of the 6 you are with us. The other nights we will venture out into town.
Our head chef, Eduardo, is a former restaurateur; he brings more than 10 years of professional cooking experience to Casa Om. He is passionate about food and his cooking classes are a favorite amongst our visitors. Those passionate about cuisine will find a like-minded soul.
Getting to Casa Om is easy. Plan to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN), arriving Sunday February 14th between 1pm and 5pm, and departing on Saturday February 20th between 10am and 2pm.
You can take a taxi for about $50 or arrange a car pick up which is less expensive. It is a 20 minute car ride from the airport to Casa Om. We are located at 9 mza 26 sm 02 avenue javier rojo gomez, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo Mexico. From the US and Canada a passport is required but not a Visa.
Go Diving or Snorkeling
Puerto Morelos is meters away from one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Take a morning or afternoon to explore the reefs with a guide and see colorful fish, coral, and maybe even a sea turtle!
Visit a Ceynote
Explore an underwater cave in the Mayan jungle! These caves of groundwater are hundreds of feet deep and full of crystal clear water. Take a zip line over them for a once in a lifetime experience!
Have a Spa Treatment:
Relax and refresh yourself with a spa treatment right at Casa Om! Our in-house massage therapist can provide a relaxing massage or Ayurvedic treatment – a great compliment to a yoga retreat for a total body blissful experience!
Explore Playa del Carmen:
Take a shopping trip, have a great meal, or just enjoy people watching on a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is a fun tourist spot where you can shop for anything from cheap souvenirs to boutique items.