Over the weekend of July 14-15, a subset of Muskoka dwellers traded in their boats for yoga mats, heading to Bracebridge for the Muskoka Yoga Festival. With an incredibly varied schedule including meditation, fascial release, various coaching sessions, “shaking medicine” and more, the festival appealed to the both the novice yogi and the fully committed.
The festival grounds featured five tents with sessions throughout the day in each, as well as a full market that included Canadian apparel, skincare, and wellness brands.
There was also an extensive activation by cannabis brand Muskoka Grown that included an area for taking a moment of zen as well as an educational component on terpenes.
On Day One, attendees could choose from classes like “Up Side Down Flow” with Jonathan and Queenie Phair, “Yoga for Better Sex,” “Acro Yoga Art Flow,” “Lullaby and Flow” with Meghan Marie Gates, and “Shaking Medicine” which included, well, a lot of shaking, and cathartic dancing, among a ton of others.
On Day Two yogis could pick from a lineup including “Reiki and Release” with Cassidy Thedorf of Radiate Happy, “Elemental SHiNE The Compass of your TrueNorthness” with Ann Green, “Zen Dogs Wellness” featuring – yes – actual dogs, “bodyART,” and more.
There was also a SUP Yoga tent that featured SURFSET and SUP Yoga throughout both days.
The festival aims to have a social and environmental impact as well. To that end, the event is 100% vegan, and a portion of ticket sales is donated to the Muskoka Conservancy. The organizers also limit and restrict the use of plastics onsite.
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