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Two renowned yoga teachers will be co-headlining the 2016 Newtown Yoga Festival Saturday, August 27, at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street at Fairfield Hills from 9 to 4 pm.
Instructors Gwen Lawrence and Elena Brower will both be in attendance for the annual event that typically draws hundreds of devotees.
Ms Lawrence specializes in power yoga for professional sports athletes and coaches. Her list of clients includes members of the New York Giants, Knicks, and Yankees, as well as a number of television celebrities and political affiliates.
She is a registered yoga therapist, a member of the National Sports Conditioning Association, licensed in massage therapy, and the owner/founder/director for an accredited yoga school.
Ms Lawrence says that she incorporates decades of study to create her own style, which she describes as an eclectic, fun, tough-love approach to yoga.
“My philosophy is deeply rooted in the idea of finding balance and symmetry in the body to avoid injuries, so you can be great no matter what you do to improve your body and fitness level,” Ms Lawrence explained.
This August will be the first time she is attending the Newtown Yoga Festival, and she is looking forward to it. “I am particularly excited,” said Ms Lawrence, “because I live in Putnam County [which is] very close to Newtown.”
Since the festival was originally created as a means to help the local community cope after the Sandy Hook tragedy, she anticipates creating her class at the festival to include yoga poses “designed to heal the heart and open the power of voice.”
She added that she will be focusing on “fun, laughs, sweat, and mindfulness.”
On her website, she has a list of “Words to Live By,” which are motivational phrases she believes in wholeheartedly. She hopes her message of “Community outreach heals the heart!” will resonate with the Newtown Yoga Festival audience.
“Anybody can do yoga and be great at it,” Ms Lawrence said. “Yoga can not only heal the heart, the brain, and give power to your voice, but it is pretty fun too!”
Co-headliner Ms Brower has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999, and has offered large-scale classes at a variety of spectacular locations like the Eiffel Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. She also instructs weekly and monthly courses in New York City.
Her website says, “Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues for your body, mind, and heart.”
In addition to teaching, she is the co-author of Art of Attention. The book inspires people worldwide and has been translated into five languages. Her Yoga Healing Cards accompany it and are being used in more than 50 countries.
In the fall of 2017, she will be releasing her next book, Practice You.
At the Newtown Yoga Festival, Ms Brower will be working with Brooklyn-based film composer and standing bassist Garth Stevenson. They have been collaborating since they first appeared together at Wanderlust Festival in 2009. Mr Stevenson has also performed with Ms Brower at the world’s largest yoga class in Central Park for 13,000 people.
To experience Ms Lawrence, Ms Brower, and Mr Stevenson’s classes at the 2016 Fourth Annual Newtown Yoga Festival, purchase tickets in advance or on the day of the event.
For more information about the Newtown Yoga Festival and celebrity guests Gwen Lawrence, Elena Brower, and Garth Stevenson, visit www.newtownyogafestival.org.