A new type of yoga festival is coming to Cedar Rapids next month with the aim of empowering people to try new ways of moving their bodies. Ally Thompson is producer for Fields of Yogis, which in addition to hosting yoga workshops, will include classes on burlesque dancing, hula hooping, belly dancing and slacklining.
"We will have people doing singing bowls, hula hooping, belly dancing, aerial arts and slackline yoga," Thompson says. "It will take you out of your comfort zone. I want the yoga novice to say, ‘Oh, there’s something there for me too.’ I find a lot of my friends tell me that yoga is too expensive or they can’t bend like a pretzel. Our motto is choose how you grow, and I want people to expand their experience either on a yoga mat or not."
During this Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with Thompson and Cat Cantrill, who founded Vitality, a dance studio in Cedar Rapids. Cantrill is a burlesque instructor and uses dance to help women she works with fall in love with their bodies.