By Andrea Bosco Stehle / Photographs by Catherine Palladino
On a gorgeous summer Saturday at Point State Park, 1,500 yogis and wellness enthusiasts — as well as 10,000 festival goers — convened for the 4th Annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo! Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, WHIRL Publishing welcomed the city’s vibrant yoga and athletic communities from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. to participate in more than 25 yoga, Pilates, meditation, and barre classes.
Attendees also had the opportunity to observe a live painting by community artist Baron Batch and explore more than 40 local vendors featuring food, jewelry, clothing, skin care products, and much more. Vendors included Chelsea Collective, Hamsa & Harmony, Salúd Juicery, dōTERRA Essential Oils, Green Mountain Energy, and The Olive Merchant, to name a few. Attendees stopped for selfies at Aerie, noshed on delicious buffalo chickpea wraps at Chip & Kale, and discovered the positive energies of healing gemstones from Solshine Strands! Many took to social media, using #WHIRLYogaFest, to share their favorite photos and memories of this year’s event.
“I think it’s wonderful that you can practice all sorts of styles of yoga in one place,” says attendee Laura Jackson. “I really love that I get to practice with teachers that I don’t normally practice with. And, I love all of the vendors and companies here — the food is great. It’s just such a wonderful place to experience health and wellness in Pittsburgh.” Stephanie Wendell of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort agrees, adding, “We definitely look forward to attending the event next year!”
Until next year…namaste!
Check out our official One WHIRL Yoga Fest recap here.