Where the ultimate yoga insider lays her mat at the Yoga Journal Conference

Find out which classes Ava Taylor, the ultimate yoga insider, will be taking at the Yoga Journal Conference this weekend.
Ava Taylor, YAMA Talent
YAMA Talent founder Ava Taylor


The Yoga Journal conference takes over the Hilton Hotel this weekend, turning a dreary mid-town hotel into the country’s premier yoga studio for three days.

The dawn til dusk class schedule is choc-a-bloc with marquee teachers. So how to select your classes amid such an embarrassment of riches?

We consulted with Ava Taylor, the founder of YAMA, the first-ever yoga talent agency. After all, it’s Taylor’s job to stay current on the best practitioners.

Here’s where you’ll find Taylor this weekend, and why.

Friday, May 13 — 8:00am – 9:15am
Strong Financial Foundation:  “Love to learn more about what the studios I book with are up to.”

Friday, May 13 — 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Greening Your Business: “I’m always impressed by how low impact Jivamukti is as a studio.  Though I wonder if anyone else but me misses the ‘If it’s yellow let it mellow if its brown flush it down sign’ that has been removed?”

Friday, May 13 — 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Networking Reception: “The networking reception is a must as I rarely miss a chance to meet, and greet.  I will have a white wine and then go directly to Sadie’s 5:30 to 7:00pm class!  Wish every Friday was like this.”

Saturday, May 14 — 8:00am – 10:00am
Leslie Kaminoff: The Sthira and Sukha of the Foot: The Anatomy of Support and Gait
“This time slot was really tough to choose as I have three YAMA teachers all teaching at the same time.  I have been tearing up my shoes lately and am curious if it has anything to do with my stride?  Then I am off to get ready for my shopping event with Anue and book signing Stefanie Syman from 1pm to 3pm!”

Dana Flynn

Saturday, May 14 — 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Dana Flynn: Lotus Flow II: Get Wild and Free
“Love me some Dana, the more students she has the more wild it gets, so the class at YJ is sure to be a party!”

Saturday, May 14 —5:45pm – 6:30pm
Demo with Cameron Shayne
“I have been wanting to meet Cameron for years and I love to see demos from teachers with really unique physical offerings so I can fully understand the movement that they are sharing.”

6:30pm Presenter’s Dinner: “Sadie is my date!”

Budokon founder Cameron Shayne

Sunday, May 15 — 8:00am – 10:00am
Cameron Shayne: Budokon Basics
“I am going to attempt all the moves I saw Cameron do in the demo!  Watch out!”

Sunday, May 15 — 10:30am – 12:30pm
David Swenson: Breath, Bandhas, and Pranayama: Exploring the Mantra of Ujjayi and the Mysteries of Energy Locks
“Have really been enjoying learning to use my subtle body, and this is probably the only Ashtanga based class I am not afraid to take.”

“All done for Sunday and off to set up for a private party I am hosting.”

Monday, May 16 — 9:00am – 4:30pm
Lead the Change: Women, Leadership, and the Future
Seane Corn, Elena Brower, and Christy Turlington Burns
“This intensive also features Faith Hunter and Kathryn Budig, can’t miss that many rocking women in one room.”


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