Fill the weekend with four days of Zen

A new, four-day yoga festival comes to the Beach this weekend, starting Thursday at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

Pete Hangen, part of the team behind Drishti Fest, said Wednesday that about 200 people were registered and that many more were expected to sign up the first day of the event.


The festival will feature well-known yoga instructors and those from the local community. The four-day schedule includes more than 90 practice and educational sessions ranging from asana to meditation to yoga photography, according to Hangen. Most sessions will be held inside the Sheraton, but a few will be outside. There will also be a “mindful marketplace” with vendors.

The goal of the program is “to offer an event in which participants can use yoga and mindfulness to enhance their lives.”

Hangen said he hopes the festival attracts those of all experience levels.

“That’s the beauty of coming,” he said. “There’s a little bit of everything.”

Entrance to the entire festival costs $549, with partial passes ranging from $150 to $399. Those looking to experience the festival without paying can stop in at no charge between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to Mindful Yoga Therapy, a project that helps veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as Preston’s March For Energy, which provides special bicycles for children with mobility issues.


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