Dylan’s Wings of Change was thrilled this summer to support the third annual Newtown Yoga Festival. A one-day celebration of community connectedness and yoga movement on August 22nd at the Newtown Youth Academy, the yoga festival sought to leverage the transformative power of yoga to bring peace and healing to participants.
As in years past, the festival featured a multitude of approaches to get people moving. Drs. Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg led their Back to Balance community class of yoga, meditation and stress-reduction tools designed for self-expression and tension release. Acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus brought its fun form of gravity-defying communal movement to the festivities, helping attendees tap into their playful sides in new ways. The day also included journey dance, a yoga buffet, relaxation using crystal bowls and more.
Plus, Elizabeth Goranson visited the Yoga Festival from Massachusetts courtesy of Stretch What Matters LLC and Dylan’s Wings of Change. She led a specially designed yoga class expressly for children with special needs, joined by yoga teachers from across CT and New York City. The collaboration will be the first of many between Dylan’s Wings and Stretch What Matters, who together plan to offer unified yoga classes for children with special needs in Newtown.
“The Newtown Yoga Festival continues to grow and touch so many people,” said Ian Hockley, project director of Dylan’s Wings of Change. “The effectiveness of yoga on healing mind, body and spirit cannot be understated. I’m so happy that that Dylan’s Wings could once again participate in this important local event, sponsor the yoga class for children with special needs, and help members of our community experience the profound peace that comes through practicing yoga.”
This year’s festival included 135 participants, 22 volunteers, and included additional sponsor support from YogaSpace, Savings Bank of Danbury, Lululemon, Kripalu and Natural Awakenings (the media sponsor).