2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival

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Get Your Body And Mind Connected At the 2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

Find your inner Zen at the 2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 15
th-17th at the Sanders Beach Community Center, located at 913 South I Street in Pensacola. The 2nd Annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival will host 24 regional yoga studios in an amazing 17,500 square foot state of the art water view facility.
There will be twenty-four yoga workshops over the weekend with the “Water” room suitable for 300 people and the “Serpent” room suitable for 75 people. In addition, there will be LED Hoop performances, a marionette show, henna artists, organic & vibrant food, numerous artists and yoga-inspired vendors.
The talented Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band will offer Kirtan, a practice that involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments, on Friday evening, and on Saturday evening, Rising Appalachia will perform on location at Sanders Beach Community Center.
Pensacola was chosen to host the event for its’ natural beauty and Southern charm, however the area also boast a tremendous amount of talented regional yoga teachers, artists, healers, and musicians. With several specialty yoga classes to choose from, there is sure to be something fun, new, and exciting to try, even for the most experienced yog-ees.
Get some are at the festival’s Aerial yoga class. Aerial yoga employs a fabric hammock or “yoga swing” to enhance and deepen traditional yoga postures. Students will receive guidance and support in this beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the water. Enjoy the views of the festival as the swing cradles your body towards a relaxed state. The rhythmic and fluid nature of an Aerial yoga practice connects us to the strength and stability of our core, which allows you to fully release into the depths of surrender.
Sharpen your focus while strengthening your core at the Intro to Slackline yoga class. Come learn this award winning practice which redefines balance as you know it! In this 90 min playshop you’ll learn the basics of the Slackasana series. This includes standing (commitment), kneeling (core strength), sitting (focus), arm balancing (breath), as well as exercises for more seasoned slackers to expand their comfort zone on the line. The Slackline Series is a unique practice that teaches complete body awareness, helping you to redefine your sense of balance and mental focus. This class is for all ages and skill levels; no experience of any kind required. Whether you are a slackline star or have never even heard of slackline before come discover why Yogaslackers Slacklining is one of the fastest growing and most popular yoga practices in the country!
Tickets are on sale now by visiting
www.mahabhutayogafestival.com. Single workshop tickets are just $35 or you can buy a workshop bulk pass. A 4 workshop pass is $135, a 6 workshop pass is $200, and an 8 workshop pass is $270. Be sure to purchase your specialty passes for acupuncture for $75, an aerial workshop for $30, reflexology for $75, and 60 minute spa sessions for $75.
A portion of all the proceeds will fund the Mahabhuta Yoga Foundation which will fund a scholarship for a Gulf Coast resident to participate in a local yoga teacher training from one of the participating studios.
For more information or for a full schedule of events, visit
www.mahabhutayogafestival.com or call 850-279-4102.

Local Artist Mikaela Sheldt Paints Live At Gallery Night

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Local Artist Mikaela Sheldt Paints Live At Gallery Night
By: Kelly Woodard

The Pensacola Museum of Art will feature Mikaela Sheldt, one of the nations’ fastest up and coming artist, at Gallery Night, this Friday, November 15
th from 6 to 9 pm. Sheldt, who resides in Pensacola, is an avid surfer, philanthropist, and artistic visionary who has displayed her large art installations at galleries all over the country.
At the age of seven, Mikaela Sheldt’s first community based project was a fund-raiser for children affected by AIDS and HIV. Eight years later with the National AIDS Fund Caring Counts award under her belt, Sheldt lost her best friend and older brother. Life came to a stand still for Sheldt until she began to paint on her first canvas, her barren bedroom walls, a canvas ultimately covered with explosions of the memory of her brother.
In 2012, Sheldt continued to work from a personal place, and whether or not she is performing, painting, or working with the community, Sheldt bridges the gap and engages people in the dynamic experience of simply being human. Sheldt said, “In a world increasingly dependent upon virtual means of connection, art is able to engage us in a visceral and physical way. My work uncovers the dynamic experience of simply being human. Through emotional and intimate portraiture, I ask viewers to connect with the universal human experience.”
Sheldt, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that effects behavioral development, claims that she never wanted to be an artist but found solitude in consuming herself in her creativity. “My studio is the one place where I cease to be a person with Asperger’s Syndrome and I am only Mikaela. When I make art I am challenged, elated, strong, and full. The process and the end of making are my purpose, and with this purpose I am happy.”
When she isn’t producing intriguing art, Sheldt can be found catching a few waves here on the Gulf Coast. Her latest project includes incredible surf photography with a front row seat to all the action on the beautiful emerald water.
In honor of Sheldt’s appearance at Gallery Night, the Pensacola Museum of Art will be open to visitors free of charge. Be sure to stop by to witness Sheldt paint live from 6 to 9 pm.
In addition to PMA’s live Sheldt exhibition, Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola will be closed for the duration of Gallery Night so that patrons can enjoy all that our local businesses have to offer.
For more information or for a complete list of Gallery Night events and specials, visit
www.pensacolamuseumofart.org/gallerynight or call 850-432-6247.