By Liz Petoniak | Photographs by Catherine Palladino + Sarah Collins
WHO: 1,500 yogis and wellness-minded individuals, plus 10,000 festival goers
WHAT: Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Millcraft Investments, European Wax Center, GNC, Aerie, LAMAR, Blume Honey Water, CBS Radio Pittsburgh, and Yelp, the event brought the Western Pennsylvania yoga and wellness community together for a day filled with over 25 yoga, pilates, barre, and meditation classes. They also perused a Vendor Village comprised of more than 50 local purveyors of food, clothing, jewelry, and skin and health care products.
WHERE: Point State Park
HIGHLIGHTS: Yogis beat the heat and cooled off following a variety of classes, ranging from ashtanga to Bikram, with hand-held fans from Aerie, refreshments from Blume Honey Water, Salúd Juicery, and Greenlight Juice, and popsicles from Stickler’s Ice Pop Company. Bohofaux created festival-ready hair styles in its braiding tent while a live dance painting performance by artist Baron Batch and Bodiography dancers got attendees in the festival spirit.
“2016 was our best year ever! We had more people actively participating in a greater variety of classes than ever before, and our Vendor Village brought participants great food, great crafts, and a look at many of the region’s healthy lifestyle merchants. See you next year and namaste!” — Jack Tumpson, publisher of WHIRL Publishing