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Salina Yoga Fest



Saturday, Feb 9, 2019

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Salina innovation Foundation 

336 s. santa fe ave, Salina, KS 67401


Registration OPENS 7:15 AM

Early Bird: dec 1 - jan 24  $50

Full Price: jan 25- Feb 9   $60





Included in cost: Great classes and instructors, T-shirt or Tank Top (register by Jan 24, 2019 to guarantee shirt day of event), light lunch, community engagement and Lots of YOGA. New this year: DOOR PRIZES!

Please read the FAQ’s below for more details and Join the buzz on our Salina Yoga Fest Facebook page


Yoga Fest Schedule

Choice of 2 classes for the three workshops

7:15 AM Registration Opens  
8:00 AM Welcome & Pranayama  
8:30 AM Integrated Vinyasa Flow Melody Hardman
OR Mobility Veazey Nevitt
9:50 AM Balance Yoga for Everyday Living Carol Rubino
OR Kokoro Melanie Back
11:15 AM Tai Chi Leslie Hargis
OR Yin Yoga Soleyah

Light Lunch to follow catered by Gourmet to Go


Class Descriptions

8:30 am Integrated Vinyasa Flow - Melody Hardman

Skip the coffee and come for the yoga!  Start the day with this all level class featuring breath based fluid movement designed to strengthen then stretch the body mindfully.  Expect core cultivation, sun salutations, standing/balancing poses, and expect to be challenged beyond the asanas (poses) to integrate yoga off the mat in your daily life.  You will leave feeling energized, empowered and grounded.

8:30 am Mobility - Veazey Nevitt

This class focuses on strength and flexibility with special attention on joint health and function.  Yoga poses take your body into specific ranges of motion, where you will use active and passive energy to zap your muscles that have become weak.

9:50 am Balance Yoga for Everyday Living - Carol Rubino

bal • ance (noun): the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling. Most of us exercise for overall health. But how many of us think about practicing physical balance?  Maybe after it begins to decline? Young or old this class is for you.  We will be fusing simple yoga poses and movement to build muscle strength and activate core awareness in order to practice and discover our ability to balance. NOTE: We will not be practicing any hand stands or crazy arm balances.

9:50 am Kokoro - Melanie Back

Kokoro yoga is about developing a warrior spirit;, merging your heart and mind into your actions so you can achieve your maximum human potential.  This class will be the Fit Warrior sequence that will merge traditional yoga with an intense interval-training component that can be scaled to your needs.

11:15 am Tai Chi - Leslie Hargis

Tai Chi Chuan is a 2,000-year-old form of exercise. Studies of people who practice Tai Chi indicate that it reduces blood pressure, anxiety and depression, boosts the immune system, builds bone mass and improves chronic pain, mobility, balance and coordination. It also can be used as a spiritual discipline or moving meditation. Tai chi emphasizes abdominal breathing and involves your mind in conditioning your body.

11:15 am Yin Yoga - Soleyah

Wind down the festival with this beautiful and cooling practice to achieve the perfect balance. Begin with fluid & meditative movement to increase breath and body awareness. Yin Yoga is the practice of effort through stillness, which may sometimes be challenging. Yin targets the deeper tissues, joints and bones, rather than superficial muscles. Think of it as a deep stretch for the body and mind. You will leave feeling rejuvenated.




Carol Rubino

Yoga Instructor at Salina Family YMCA

Hello! I’m Carol Rubino, a Salina native with grassroots on the East and West Coasts.  I am a Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Doula and Yoga instructor.  My personal yoga practice inspired me to want to teach.  I began my training with YogaFit® and have completed Levels I, II, III, Prenatal Yoga, YogaFit® Kids and Yin Yoga Levels I & II with Carole Westerman.  

My passion for teaching yoga has exploded and I am constantly looking at ways to improve my personal practice as well as my teaching skills.

I have been teaching yoga classes at the Salina Family YMCA since 2011.  I currently teach yoga classes for adults at the Y and work with the Y to bring yoga to the community.  I also offer yoga classes for preschool age children at the Salina Montessori School and I am the Yoga Coach for the Kansas Wesleyan University Women’s Basketball Team.  Private yoga sessions,  tailored to your needs and abilities, are also available at my massage studio.

In my profession(s) I am committed to individuals who are ready to take ownership of their health and wellbeing no matter where they are in their life journey.  In my journey I am discovering that as my physical body ages and my emotional body matures and my spiritual body awakens, yoga is my “go to” for comfort and ease in this experience called LIFE.


Cathy Hayes

Yoga Instructor at Salina Family YMCA

Cathy has been a resident of Salina for over 20 years. She is a wife to Jeff, mother to two teenagers, Annie and Will, and a full time special education teacher in addition to teaching yoga. She has always been enthusiastic about fitness and began sharing her love of wellness in college when she taught aerobic classes. She found yoga a decade ago and fell in love with the way she felt every time she stepped onto her mat. She was pleasantly surprised to find that her yoga practice gave her a confidence and peace throughout her daily life. that she had not felt with other forms of fitness.

Wanting to share what she had discovered, she went on to complete two YogaFit trainings and recently completed her YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training under Dani Ibarra. Her training focused on the safety and alignment of asanas and sequencing, as well as anatomy and the importance of breath. She conduct’s classes that are dynamic, fun and healthy for the body, mind and spirit. When she is not teaching at Schilling Elementary, she can be found teaching yoga classes at the Salina YMCA or to youth that have experienced complex taumas at St. Francis Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

Lelsie Hargis

Tai Chi Instructor at Salina Parks and Recreation

Leslie Hargis first took a tai chi class in 1995 and has been studying the forms with a variety of teachers and masters since then. She has focused on Qigong forms and is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Relaxation. Leslie’s educational background is in teaching and she enjoys sharing her passion for this art.  Favorite forms:  Yang 24, Lee Gathering Celestial Energy, Fan.

Melanie Back

Yoga Instructor at the VFW & Salina Public Library

Imperfect, down-to-earth, fun loving 200 RYT.  She received her certification in 2011 from Shambhava School of Yoga at Shoshoni Yoga Ashram in Colorado. She has also completed a Vinyasa training and Yoga for Wellness training through Shoshoni and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She stays busy teaching multiple yoga classes for CLASS through the Salina Public Library, a military veterans yoga class at the VFW, private Yoga for Wellness classes, as well as working her 8-5 job. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, playing and taking care of her animals on her mini farm and being in nature. 

Melody Hardman

Yoga Instructor at Salina Family YMCA

Melody has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.  Like many others she came to yoga for the asanas (poses) to heal an injury, the injury healed and she stayed for the yoga; finding that what was practiced on the mat translated to her daily life. Learning not to rush the transitions in life, to slow down and savor the moment and that your practice is an ever evolving process - no day on or off the mat is the same - be prepared to adjust.  In 2017 Melody completed her 200 hour training in Integrated Vinyasa through the Colorado School of Yoga.  She is the owner of Moonstone Yoga currently teaching corporate yoga and classes at the Salina YMCA, and also previously taught at Genesis Health Club.  Being an office dweller herself, she knows the challenges and stresses of the modern world understanding the need to counteract these obstacles with mindful movement, a sense of humor and calmness.  Her focus is to keep people moving no matter what their age, encouraging her students to ‘trust yourself’ on the mat and off.


Yoga Instructor at HapiSoul Yoga & Wellness

Soleyah’s style of teaching encourages the practitioner to discover a deep awareness of body and mind, through a safe, yet challenging experience. She believes yoga is so much more than just a physical practice; she incorporates the teachings from the original yoga philosophies while keeping her classes simple yet well-rounded. Traveling the country and training through various styles of yoga, she has developed a unique teaching method. Trained by master teacher Alexandria Crow, Soleyah has over 500 hours of certification under her belt. You can find Soleyah at her home studio in Abilene, HapiSoul Yoga & Wellness.

Veazey Nevitt

Yoga Owner/Instructor at A Work in Progress

After trying yoga for the first time about 8 years ago, it was clear from the start that yoga was something I could use for many reasons. But the kind of yoga I was practicing didn’t always make me feel THAT good and sometimes it actually hurt me. I was reluctant to practice for some time until I realized that I was responsible for the experience I had in a yoga class. That was the day I stopped doing everything I was told to do, and I started listening to what my body requested. That was the day I committed to my yoga practice and began to explore it all.

Since then I have experimented with a variety of practices that all have become part of my own yoga practice in many ways. Through my training and experience with Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Prison Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and everything in between, I have developed a rather full toolbox with everything I need to support myself in a daily movement practice.

Because this yoga stuff works so well for me, I hope to get to someday share my yoga tools with you.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should attend? Everyone from never taken yoga before to advanced. Choose which workshops you feel would best suit your interests and ability, and the instructors will provide encouragement along with demonstrating modifications. There will be some chairs available as needed. We want to grow our yoga community and have some fun!
  2. What’s included in the cost? Choice of 3 workshops, a T-shirt or Tank Top (picture below) and a light lunch at the end. Great opportunity to meet the instructors and others!
  3. What if I change my mind about which class I want to take? That’s fine, attend which class you feel most drawn to that day, when registering you will be asked to pick a class which will help us with numbers.
  4. Can I skip a class? Definitely, if you are tired or need to leave we understand. Also feel free to sit and enjoy observing if needing a break.
  5. Can I bring my child? We encourage parents to use discretion with kids that you feel are mature enough to handle the schedule of the day. We love seeing young yogis, however everyone in attendance will be required to pay a regular fee, there is no child care on site.
  6. What do I bring? First, bring your positive attitude and energy! We suggest you bring a yoga mat, props, belts and anything you need for your comfort. We will have a few extras of these items but they are limited. If participating in the Yin Yoga workshop it is recommended to have what is called a "Mexican" blanket. We recommend a water bottle to keep hydrated. Small snacks will be provided. 
  7. What do I wear? Clothes that are comfortable for your movement; might be yoga leggings and tops, shorts, t-shirts, possibly layer up if you get cold in Savasana. 
  8. Parking? Salina Innovation Foundation has a parking lot available on the north side of the building.
  9. Where is it located at? Salina Innovation Foundation (formerly the Masonic Temple) 336. South Santa Fe Ave - Salina, KS


If we missed anything please send your questions to: Ellen Hogeland 



Thanks to our Sponsors for supporting Salina's 3rd Yoga Fest!!

Consolidated Printing, Salina Massage Therapy



Thank you to Salina Innovation Foundation and Gourmet to Go for working with us and helping to promote Yoga in our community!



T-shirt and Tank Top options: T-shirt in men's & women's / Tank in Women's only: Register by Thurs. Jan 24, 2018 to guarantee receiving your shirt the day of the event

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