Register now for YogaFest 2019

Howie Shareff, founder and director of You Call This Yoga, says everyone can find benefits in a yoga practice.

You Call This Yoga is gearing up for its eight annual YogaFest NC, a fundraiser which helps the nonprofit fulfill its mission to help the physically challenged and underserved improve their lives with yoga.

This all-day retreat on Saturday, March 23, at NCSU’s McKimmon Center will feature a variety of yoga sessions, a vegan lunch, holistic healing practices and wellness exhibits. Registration is $75 per person.

“YogaFest NC offers yoga and wellness classes and seminars for all body types and experience,” said Howie Shareff, founder of You Call This Yoga.

“With classes throughout the day, any novice may develop a practice that is accessible to their body and mindset. The 75-minute classes provide diverse, proven techniques to reduce physical and emotional tension, and develop healthier life skills.”

The event allows attendees to join a community of yoga practitioners, and to discover products and services from area wellness businesses. The catered plant-based lunch is a healthy and delicious bonus, he says.

“Regular yoga practitioners will find excellent local and regional teachers in one location who can offer a deepening or diversification of their practice,” said Shareff.

Led by teachers from around the Triangle and North Carolina, session topics at YogaFest include meditation, chair yoga, restorative yoga, gentle, moderate, and active mat classes.

Yoga practice can improve strength, balance, range of motion and functional movement, Shareff says, while use of its breathing techniques can improve cognition and focus.

“Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that can be achieved by anyone to some degree,” he said. “I believe it heightens one’s spiritual awareness in any religion, and fosters physical and emotional comfort.”

For more information or to register for YogaFest, visit, email or call (919) 522-2646.

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