Promoting yoga and the health and wellness lifestyle, the inaugural Tadasana Festival of Yoga and Music will take place Earth Day weekend, April 20 through 22 in Santa Monica.

Yoga now has over 20 million practitioners in the U.S. and Tadasana organizers say the festival will bring together leaders in the field. The event will be held beachfront in Santa Monica at 2600 Barnard Way, near Ocean Park Boulevard.

Festival organizers tout the participation of some top yoga teachers including Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, and Elena Brower as well as the support of respected yoga media – Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous and The Daily Love.

As part of the festival, world class yoga teachers will lead classes in five tents with live musical accompaniment from some respected world music artists including tabla master, Karsh Kale, Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Tour/, Israeli star Idan Raichel, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Grammy-nominated Kirtan leader, Jai Uttal, and many more.

On Saturday, April 21, The Yogaworks tent will host a special class benefiting Off the Matt, Into the World, taught by Corn, Lisa Walford, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller and Joan Hyman with live music by Uttal, Masood Ali Khan and Sheela Bringi. Festival sponsor Subaru will also donate $50 towards the goal of raising $17,500 for each test drive Tadasana attendees make at a Southern California, Southern Nevada or Arizona Subaru dealership until June 30.

“It’s an honor to be in a position to support Off the Mat, Into the World as it inspires the yoga community to take the benefits that they receive from their practice and turn it into powerful programs for positive activism around the world,” says Tadasana co-founder Tommy Rosen.

In addition to the yoga classes, Tadasana will feature a speaker series produced by The Daily Love, a noted blog that includes thought leaders in spirituality, personal transformation and sustainability such as Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mariel Hemingway, Mallika Chopra and Chris Paine. Positively Positive will also host a panel of women who have overcome extraordinary challenges, moderated by five-time Emmy winner, journalist Giselle Fernandez.

Tadasana will carry over into the evenings, when musicians will perform at a variety of venues around Santa Monica. Among the musical highlights will be The Sounds of Tadasana Concert, scheduled April 21 at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club and featuring Kale and Sabbah, event organizers said.

Other activities related to Tadasana include an eco-markeplace (open to the public for free), The Beauty Bar for organic body treatments, organic cuisine, The Temple Tea Hut with tea servings offered by an authentic tea master, the Tadasana Repair Shop for onsite bodywork, the Tadasana Airport for AcroYoga, a visit from the mobile media wagon known as The Buzz Bus, and more. All events will take place in a “near-zero-waste zone” on Santa Monica beach, organizers said.

“The goal is bringing a community together, strengthening them with a positive experience, and inspiring them to be even better than they were before,” says co-producer Fabian Alsultany. “The wellspring of inspiration comes from our outstanding yoga teachers, incredible musicians and, most importantly, the community of participants coming together.”

Information, www.tadasanafestival.com.

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