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Festival Presenters The festival welcomes presenters from a variety of backgrounds ranging from globally-renowned teachers to local favorites including Dr. Sharada Hall, Tias and Surya Little, Katchie Ananda, Yoga Ma, Mark Whitwell, Shannon Paige, Shawn Parell, Dave Romanelli, Erik Pastel, Crisit Christensen, Sean Tebor, Emily Branden and Jessica Winderl, Elias Gaiton, and Jennifer Elliot, to name just a few.

Cristi Christensen


former elite-level gymnast and platform diver, Cristi Christensen trained with the U.S. Olympic diving team as an young adult. After an injury cut her Olympic dreams short, she shifted her focus to helping others improve their level of fitness through personal training, Pilates, Core Fusion and yoga. Cristi served as the director of the internationally renowned Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, where she continues to teach yoga and Core Fusion. She combines her teaching, practice and bright energy into a dynamic and unique classroom style. She is shaking up the yoga world with her integration of yoga and dance with live DJ’d house music during her invigorating “Deep Exhale” events.

Eric Paskel

Y as a vehicle for positive change. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought-provoking as well as energetic. “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Visit MichaelFranti. com for more information. Sponsors for the inaugural Santa Fe Yoga Festival include The Teahouse, The Santa Fe Reporter, Sense Clothing, The Ark Bookstore, Bishops Lodge Spa & Resort, Breathe OC and Natural Awakenings. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival was founded in early 2014 by Kurt Young, a local businessman and founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival; Shawn Parell, a longtime yoga teacher and nonprofit director who also serves as a mentor in the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga; and Pamela Serna, a Santa Fe native and yoga devotee. Tickets are available for individual speakers and musical events in addition to Early Bird, Adventure and Fiesta One Day passes. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

oga Shelter founder, Eric Paskel, believes that the practice of yoga is about “coming together” – the coming together of ourselves that leads to the coming together of our family, friends and larger communities. He opened Yoga Shelter to help others awaken, and to bring light to places of darkness, strength to places of weakness, fluidity and creativity to places of rigidity, laughter to places of sadness and life to places that, for some of us, have lain dormant for a lifetime. Yoga Shelter partners with a variety of local charities through their Yoga Shelter Cares program which allow donors to participate in Yoga Shelter classes for free and/or subsidized rates. Yoga Shelter will also match charitable donations in exchange for non-profits promoting the program to their donor/ member base.

Katchie Ananda


atchie Ananda is an internationally renowned yoga and dharma teacher whose life’s work has been to explore the practices of yoga and dharma and share their path to freedom with others. She was the co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a studio in San Francisco’s Mission district, dedicated to yoga and dharma. Her leadership and example in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. She brings her humor and stories to conferences, festivals and workshops all over the world and is loved by her students for her authenticity, sense of humor, wisdom and deep compassion. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Joshua, and her dog, Leelou. natural awakenings

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