One Love Long Island (OLLI) will host its fourth annual Yoga Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington. All proceeds will go toward organizations that support survivors of human trafficking.
The festival will feature open level vinyasa practice, family practices and 108 sun salutations. In addition, the day will offer live music, trance dance, sound healing, henna artists, face painting, drum circles, hooping performances and the practice of Kirtan, led by sacred chant master David Newman, otherwise known as Durga Das.
Nadine Wolff, cofounder of OLLI, wants people to know that this isn’t just any yoga festival. “Our event is quite unique in that it is orchestrated completely by the volunteers of 20 carefully selected Long Island yoga studios,” Wolff explained. “One hundred percent of the profits are donated to the organizations that we are supporting in 2015. Together, we practice with a purpose, to support and raise awareness for oppressed women and children around the world.”
The festival will be welcoming back Dana Trixie Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga, who will be leading the 8 to 9:15 a.m. Cosmic Lotus Flow.
OLLI will also be hosting guest speaker Giselle Meza, who was trafficked at the young age of 14. She later founded Puresa Humanitarian, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing rescue, hope and a way out of slavery for children and women who are victims and survivors of human trafficking and sexual slavery. Meza will share her firsthand experience as a trafficking victim, survivor and her current life mission as an active humanitarian on the front lines of an increasing human trafficking epidemic.
The goal of the 2015 Yoga Festival is to raise awareness and funds to generate the stop of sex and human trafficking domestically and abroad, and to continue the empowerment of humans everywhere. Funds will be distributed among Puresa Humanitarian, GEMS and Off The Mat Into The World. This event is a step towards helping put an end to the $32 billion illegal industry that is affecting more than 30 million women and children not only nationally, but worldwide.
Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite or at any of the participating yoga studios. General admission tickets are $72, $66 (senior citizens), $62 (yoga instructors) and $50 (full-time students). All tickets include an OLLI class pass and one free class at every participating studio (prior to event date). Each ticket holder will also be automatically entered to win an all-expenses-paid yoga retreat for two to Yemaya Resort in Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, in collaboration with Satya Retreats.
For more information on One Love Long Island, please visit www.onelovelongisland.org.