By Christine Tumpson | Photographs by Catherine Palladino
The 6th Annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo made it clear that even on a rainy day, health and wellness take precedence! Sponsoring the event for the sixth year in a row, UPMC Health Plan pointed the corporate spotlight onto the event, held at historic Point State Park.
More than 800 participants filled the huge tents and vendor village constructed by All Occasions Party Rental. Vendors filled the perimeters of the festival and arrived from across the country, as well as from our own backyards. The crowd felt welcome at every turn with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s dance offerings, Yasso’s frozen Greek yogurt bars, Divine Prudence LLC’s meditation tools and tapestries, ONE WHIRL’s yoga leggings, Chop Shop Salad Shop’s hearty vegan salad and salmon poke salad, and so much more!
Blume Honey Water, an early sponsor and favorite of the fest, introduced its new honey water-infused chapstick, which was quickly snatched up for its hydrating properties and tempting flavors. The early adopters in the group crowned it the newest contender for surfing and skiing.
Other sponsors included GNC, CBS Radio, Yelp, Ross Park Mall, Ford Motor Company, Piatt Sotheby’s, Union Fitness, Lamar, and Aerie. The vast section of corporate, community, and fitness businesses committed to making this year’s event a success was made even the sweeter by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serving as the event’s nonprofit alliance.
This year’s classes were outstanding, with offerings from beginning to advanced, from chanting to meditation, from sunrise to late afternoon. Ever mindful that the Pittsburgh yoga community is one of the strongest and largest in the nation, and as that number continues to grow with evidence of the power of the poses, teachers and their studios offered one-on-one advice to students, and even took classes themselves!
For more information, and to stay connected to the health and wellness network, visit whirlmagazine.com and onewhirlstudio.com. For a complete list of the classes and vendors at the 2017 One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, visit whirlmagazine.com/yogafest.