The swimming pools were nearly dry and the ski hills still green, but plenty of energy and activity was still on display at Montage Mountain on Saturday at the first Northeast PA Yoga Festival.
Wearing a shirt that read “FOREVER AMUSE,” Kelly Brown Corazzi of Prana Yoga in Scranton led a group of moderate-to-advanced yogis through a series of positions and poses on spongy mats next to a dormant wave pool.
“Freedom and liberation. It’s what’s it’s all about,” Ms. Brown Corazzi told a group of about 50. “If you fall, smile and get back up again.”
The festival is the brainchild of Chelsea Manganaro, the founder of Nearme Yoga in Wilkes-Barre and Moosic. The yogi said she came up with the idea while sipping beers at the Electric City Craft Brew Fest at Montage Mountain this spring. In true Northeast Pennsylvania fashion, the venue also hosted a chicken wing competition last month.
“I knew that we needed something like this in this area,” Ms. Manganaro said of the yoga festival.
The event hoped to promote health and wellness, she said, by providing 24 yoga classes with names such as “strong vinyasa,” “dynamic hips” and “chakra balancing,” as well as booths for local businesses in massage, oils and chiropractic medicine. The festival also boasted seminars, some titled “Healthy Spine, Healthy You,” “Overcoming Challenges” and “10 Tips to Thrive.”
After selling 350 tickets in advance, Ms. Manganaro said she expected about 500 total attendees at the yoga festival.
The day started out cool and overcast as Ms. Corazzi coaxed her yoga students through an hour of awkward chairs and warrior ones before wishing them “namaste.”
“Allow the body, the mind, to slow down,” Ms. Brown Corazzi told them.
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