Warlick Family YMCA Yoga Festival

Thank you for making Yoga Fest 2022 a success!

Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Warlick Family YMCA

Everyone ages 12 years and up! This festival is for yogis, beginners, and anyone who wants to see what it’s all about!

Flow, relax and enjoy a day of centering the mind, feeding the soul, and inspiring self-discovery. Blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural, outdoor setting, Warlick Yoga Festival features a variety of yoga classes and workshops across the spectrum to invigorate and energize both the curious first-timers and the seasoned yogi. Start your day with a slow flow warm-up and move into the day with your choice of workshops, vendors and meditation. Whether you are looking to elevate your practice to the next level or seek out tips and techniques to improve your practice, there are plenty of opportunities to engage on and off the mat.

Yoga Fest will be happening at Camp Tuscarora just across Robinwood Lake from the Warlick Family YMCA including activities in the camp area, open areas, pavilion, and platforms.

Read about Yoga Fest 2021 in the Gaston Gazette!

Yes, registration is required to be able to take part in the yoga activities. Admittance for shopping vendors and food trucks is free. 

Water bottle
Yoga mat
Cash for vendors and food/beverages (Please be aware that most vendors are only accepting cash.)


8:15 am   |   Announcements and Energize Warm-up
8:30-9:00   |   Large group slow flow stretch with Caroline 
9:00-9:15 am   |   Move and shop
9:15-10:00 am   |   Session One – Seven class options
10:00-10:15 am   |   Move and shop
10:15-11:00 am   |   Session Two – Seven class options
11:00-11:45 am   |   Break, Lunch, Shop
11:45-12:00 pm   |   Move and shop
12-12:45 pm   |   Session Three – Seven class options
12:45-1:00 pm   |   Move and shop
1-1:45 pm   |   Large group Yoga Nidra meditation with Kelly 
1:45-3:00 pm   |   Shop, enjoy, eat!

7:00 am-3:00 pm Vendors and food available

Group Flow
Warm Up
Caroline Moon Feeling stiff and worn down? This sequence will provide mobility and strength to the whole body! Be encouraged through God’s word and connect with Him at your innermost point so that you can go out and live abundantly in His grace!
Energetic Flow Kassandra Mattingly In this practice, you will flow through yoga poses while using your breath and mindfulness to connect with the energy flowing through and around your body. We will focus on tapping into your energy to accept challenging poses and find balance. Intermediate/Advanced
Hand Stands Caroline Moon  Learning how to handstand can often feel like an incredibly daunting task. But if you start with the basics and really master the fundamentals, then your inversion practice will inevitably flourish. This will be a 30-minute workshop-style practice designed to arm you with the foundational aspects of handstand (yes, arm you!) to either start or deepen your handstand practice. This class will flow through stretches and strengthening techniques to prepare you to flip your world upside down with ease! 
Partner Yoga Rachel Harper This will be a partner class utilizing partner yoga poses, elements of Acro yoga, and Thai Yoga stretching. Open to all levels, including brand new beginners. In addition to strength, support, and flexibility, our practice will emphasize conscious, non-violent communication using verbal and non-verbal cues, connection through compassionate touch, and PLAY! BYOP (bring your own partner) or come solo and connect with someone new!
Yoga and Art Chari Baier Mindful art meditation begins with breathing exercises and meditation. This practice induces a Flow State where you are encouraged to notice your breath, thoughts, sensations, emotions, etc. and then put it down on paper in a creative format. During this practice, we will be creating a mandala using watercolor, pen and paper which will be provided. Mindful Meditative Art is a creative form of meditation. Whether you’re an experienced artist, meditator, or have no previous experience this practice is for you!
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Amanda Rodeheaver This 45 min flow will warm your body up with slower stretching to begin, then pick the pace up with an invigorating flow to get your blood circulating. We’ll then slow our bodies back down with some hip-opening stretches followed by a cool down with savasana. Modifications are provided to make this flow accessible to all.
Yin Yoga Kelly Shelton This accessible practice of postures on the floor includes longer holds (2-5 min) coupled with breath and mindfulness as a tool for deep release and relaxation. The postures target muscles and connective tissues for increased flexibility and using meditation as a tool for grounding. For all levels.
Yoga for Athletes Barbara Langrall Yoga for athletes will bring you more joint-focused movement by exploring a healthy balance of lengthening and strengthening for optimal joint function during movement. Including Dynamic warm-ups, yoga postures to support the health and integrity of joint musculature, and mindful breathing techniques for intuitive mind-body connections.
Yoga Nidra Kelly Shelton YOGA NIDRA is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. The practice draws your attention inwards, and you learn to surf between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where your body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and you fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness. Yoga Nidra takes you effortlessly into a state of harmonious, restful being. Feel better. Feel restored. Feel awakened to your deepest, all-knowing, all-welcoming self.

KELLY RAY – Warlick YMCA Instructor
I am an Experienced Registered 200 hr Yoga Teacher and Registered 500hr Yoga Teacher with a focus on the therapeutic benefits and application of yoga. I am also registered to be able to offer continuing education credits to fellow yoga teachers. I have been certified in LES MILLS BODYBALANCE (formerly BODYFLOW) since 2007, receiving a “Distinction” (the highest grade of certification) following completion of my cert, as well as being AIM 1 certified in the program. I am currently working on my Thai Yoga Certification through 2 of the 4 modules offered through the “deonThai Method Mobility Therapy”.

STEPHANIE SMITH – Warlick YMCA Instructor
Stephanie was certified (RYS 200) in Vinyasa Yoga with Chakra Flow University at the US National Whitewater Center in 2019. She was also certified in y12sr (yoga for 12 step recovery) in 2022.
CHARI BEIRE – Warlick YMCA Instructor
Chari began practicing yoga in 2002 as a step on the path to self-love and healing. She’s endlessly grateful to all her teachers who have lit the way and is honored to share this light with others. After 20 years of practicing yoga Chari decided to get her 200-hour certification this year through Yoga Renew. She holds a BA in Visual Art and Interior Design and hopes to incorporate “Mindful Art” into her yoga practice.
Barb is a 200RYT certified through Yoga Alliance, having taught over 700 yoga classes. Additional:100 hour Certificate from Threes Physiyoga – an anatomically focused program designed and taught by PTs.
Taught group exercise for the Y since 2013, taught yoga for the Y since 2016. Obtained 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2016.
CAROLINE MOON – Warlick YMCA Instructor
Registered Yoga Teacher with an additional 500 hours of training on top. I have had 2, 200 hours of continued educational training and 2, 300 hours of training including masters and therapy programs as well as the 2 basic certifications. I am also certified in kids yoga and chair yoga instructor.

This event isn’t just about yoga. Come enjoy food, beverages, and shopping from local vendors!

Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery
Cavendish Brewery
Ram’s Kitchen

(Please be aware that most vendors are only accepting cash.)

Beth’s Handcrafts
Carolina Lavender Farm
Cocktail Candles
Deserved Happiness
Hangin with my Gnomes
Jenna Winters & Kerry Johnson -Atlantic Bay Mortage Group
Jimbos Creations 
Lo & Peg Earrings
Megan Euliss Art
Natural Farm Soap Co.
On Track Yoga
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty – Barbara Stephens
Recentered Pottery
Sassy Sisters
Stellar Creations

(Please be aware that most vendors are only accepting cash.)

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