The Firefly Yoga Festival, an annual event that celebrates the Newport County yoga community through yoga, meditation, music, vendors, food and fun, is returning to Glen Park in Portsmouth on September 16th.

Scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm, yoga classes will start at10 am and continue through-out the afternoon. There will be three rounds of classes (10 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm), with two classes occurring simultaneously during each time slot. Teachers will co-lead each class, incorporating their own style of yoga. Smaller focused workshops will be offered this year, such as a handstand clinic with Abbe Ciulla of Tiverton, a meditation/walk workshop with Rebecca Polan of Newport, A Mindful Photography workshop with Kim Fuller of Middletown (Photographer and Author) and an essential oils Zen Blend class with Meredith Nordhem Ewenson (Newport) and Galen Brew. Half-hour breaks are scheduled between each class to enjoy the music and browse the offerings of the vendors that will be on site.

Live and local musicians Bill Bartholomew and Dave Flamand will be playing throughout the day. Wolf Moon’s Fire will be providing Tarot Card readings, dream interpretations, Ruin readings and more. Newport Community Yoga will be sponsoring the “Healing Grove”, featuring meditation, massage services, Reiki, reflexology in the lower tree grove of the park. Acacia Cafe based in Tiverton will be provide a menu offering vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Participating yoga instructors as of July include Emily Moyer of Newport Community Yoga in Newport; Kerstin Zettmar of Zettmar Studio in Newport; Patti Doyle of Thames Street Yoga in Newport; Rachael Frodyma of Nanaquaket Yoga Studios in Tiverton; Coral Brown of All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center in Wakefield and Laughing Elephant Yoga in East Greenwich; Tessa Hollyn Taub of CoachTessa in Narragansett; Shannon Walker of Tenth Gate & All That Matters Yoga Studios; Lynda West of Tenth Gate Center for Yoga & Meditation in Portsmouth, Lynn Weisman of Rhode Island Hot Yoga in Bristol and Providence; & Tanya Dumaine of Divine Power Yoga of Fall River and South Dartmouth, Ma.

General admission costs $25 and includes parking, admission to all yoga classes, demonstrations and music. A non-yoga ticket will be $15, Kids 14 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at and will be available at the gate starting at 9:30 am on the day of the event.

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