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YogaFest gets a foothold

If you're looking to stretch your yoga practice, YogaFest is Saturday.

Every two hours will bring a new slate of South Florida instructors. Music, food and wellness booths will create a festival vibe, said YogaFest co-director Kelly Brookbank.

The variety of teachers gives veteran students a chance to sample other styles and those new to yoga an easy way to try the practice. There also are 15-minute mini classes and ocean board yoga demonstrations all day with Ryan Perna.

"Some people have the stereotype that you have to sit and be silent or put your leg behind your head, but everyone can practice yoga," Brookbank said.

Her husband, YogaFest founder Keith Fox, leads a course accompanied by music at 4 p.m., followed by the band Mayapuris, from Gainesville. The band plays kirtan – yoga-themed music – but is more mainstream than the random string-plunking that frequents many studios.

"It's more of a funky yoga band that you can dance or drum along to," Brookbank said.

The festival's first year was in Miami and the second in Wellington before coming to Fort Lauderdale last year. Instructors are from as far away as Jupiter and Miami, so Broward County is more central for them and their followers, she said. She expects about 3,000 participants.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and classes are at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m and 4 p.m. Teachers are Jiwan Kaur, Juliana Trejo, Corbin Stacy and Karen Burnett at 10 a.m., followed by Colleen Gallagher, Paige Held, Terri Cooper and keynote speaker Swami Jaya Devi at noon. At 2 p.m., it's Steve Feinzig, Ari Traverso, Kelly Green and Jamar.

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