Byron Spirit Festival Unites the Yogis and Yoginis


Feb 17 – 19th, 2012

The inaugural Byron Spirit Festival presents a diverse program of daytime yoga classes in the myriad beautiful venues of Mullumbimby. Inspired and partially sourced from the wealth of globally recognized talent that resides in our area, we’re proud to offer an affordable taste test of contemporary and ancient streams of yoga for all levels of practitioners. Here’s a mini sample of the 40+ classes that will be running.

From furthest afield comes the USA-based Mark Whitwell. For more than 20 years, his international teachings have been based on the work of T. Krishnamacharya and son TKV Desikachar, and have assisted his students to create an individuated, authentic yoga practice.

Ashtanga yoga will be on offer from Byron’s own Dena Kingsberg, an international teacher and practitioner for over 25 years, she was certified by the late Sri K.Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India in 1996. YogaArts founder Louisa Sear will lead one of her renowned classes at the Spirit Festival, a rarity these days, as her international schedule of teaching and yoga teaching trainings keeps her far from our shores much of the time. Louisa’s almost 30 years of experience means her profound approach to the intricacies of yoga is not to be missed! And Jessie Chapman, Asutralia’s best-selling yoga author, will lead a master class in her popular style for all comers.

Amongst the Sydney top teachers comes the inimitable, indefatigable Simon Borg-Olivier. His unique Synergy Yoga workshops are one of the reasons yoga is so popular in Australia today.

Iyengar devotee and master teacher Simon Marrocco will lead classes at Mullum Sari, the studio and gym where he currently runs his yoga school. Across the street at YogaPeace, check out Aesha Kennedy’s gentle, calming, breath-infused class. Ex-ballerina Harjiwan will bring her exciting kundalini yoga experience to the Spirit Festival. The beautifully renovated Yellow Church Yoga studio will offer yoga classes by founder Diana Ewing, a teacher with thirty years of teaching under her mat, as well as the popular Consta Georgoussis. His flowing classes may include his philosophic insights into yoga and Buddhist philosophy.

For a different experience, attendance at Kathryn Riding’s class, with its use of voice, words, breath and free expression, is a must. Jenny Groves, who established the first yoga school in Byron Bay in 1984, will present her Bones for Life workshop, and Nirupa will lead a Somatic Yoga class to introduce you to an inside/out approach to understanding your body.

These are a fraction of the yoga experiences on offer. Please visit the website for the entire schedule.


  1. Its really great that Byron Spirit Festival provides daytime yoga classes.Yoga classes are given by an international teacher so,Its really great experience to attend this festival for those who use to do yoga.

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