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5th Annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival in Pensacola

The fifth annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival, celebrating the Year of the Fire Monkey, will be held November 18-20 at Sanders Beach Community Center in Pensacola. The event showcases the talents of yoga teachers, artists, healers and musicians from throughout the Southeast, and features organic food and artisan vendors, a healing spa and special children’s activities. Kids 13 and younger are free.

“The year of the Fire Monkey is a time to shake things up, create change and innovate a new path,” says Stacey Vann of Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center. “In Monkey year, you are free to express yourself fearlessly in all walks of life. Fire brings passion, creativity and joy.”

Workshops will include 10 traditional styles of yoga, AcroYoga, Aerial Swing Classes, Hoop Dance, Slackline Yoga, Mantra Music, Kirtan and Sound Healing. A weekend pass allows participants to attend any of the workshops.

Music will be a part of the majority of daytime workshops, and there will be concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Musical artists will include Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Michael DeMaria, Paradiso and Rasamayi, Brooks Hubbert, Robert Lenfestey, Krishna and Gershone, Laura Tyree, DJ Jon Juan and the Genesis Party.

Guests are invited to visit the Healing Haven Spa, where practitioners will offer free Thai yoga bodywork, reflexology, reiki and aromatherapy (appointments available on a first come, first served basis). Kids 13 and younger can visit the Galactic Child Yoga Tent and attend the Columbia Marionette Show.

Prices are $270 for a three-day pass, $108 for a one-day pass and $30 for a single event, with a special $200 three-day pass for Natural Awakenings readers using the code MYF2016NaturalAwakenings. For more information or volunteer opportunities, visit MahabhutaYogaFestival.com. To support the live album produced at this year’s festival, visit GoFundMe.com/mahabhuta2016.

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