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!”
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!”
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.”