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Feature Story  DUBUQUE YOGA & ONENESS FESTIVAL APRIL 28–30 GRAND RIVER CENTER (500 BELL ST) The mission of the Dubuque Yoga & Oneness Festival is to embody one- ness, release the spirit, and explore yoga for all levels, shapes, and sizes as expressions of life and joy. The festival is inclusive for non-yoga practitioners as well as yoga practitio- ners of all levels, shapes, and sizes. In addition to transformational yoga sessions led by nationally-known and geographically-diverse instructors, the festival includes non-yoga offerings based on the expansion of consciousness, wellness and oneness. Oneness is the energy of love that lies within and con- nects all of life, allowing us to recognize ourselves in everything and everyone. The festival begins with all-day inten- sives on Friday, April 28 which will be followed the opening celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will be treated to the gift of arriving wholly in “Sangha” (safe, sacred community). The celebra- tion showcases the “Voices of Oneness” featuring visiting teachers sharing their unique reflections about what “One- ness” means and why it is so important. Nationally acclaimed singer/song- writer and actor Michael McGlone (Brothers McMullen, Bone Collector, She’s the One) will share three songs including his anthem “Rise Up,” and then the kids from “Challenge To Change” will delight the audience with a yoga and meditation demonstration incorporating the use of movement, song and Sanskrit. The Friday cel- ebration also includes a spoken word performance on the themes of passion, 28  Feature Story 365INK MAGAZINE April 20–May 3, 2017 Issue #289 destiny and oneness by Howard Lee III, a.k.a. “The Motivational Poet.” Following the full day of yoga and non-yoga transformational classes on Saturday participants can attend the entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Indu Arora kicks off the evening with an inspiring keynote presentation on living in harmony with ourselves and our inner wisdom. Following Indu’s address, Michael McGlone returns for a one-hour performance. It promises to be an intimate and incredible journey of an evening. Indu Arora is the featured presenter for the FREE Inspiring People Presen- tation at Inspire Cafe on Thursday, April 27 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Indu will share her life story, how she found her teacher and the yogic path, and how to find perfect balance, harmony and simplicity in our complex lives. For some inspiring and unique week- end entertainment, the festival encour- ages the general public to attend Friday and/or Saturday night’s events if attend- ing the daily sessions isn’t a good fit. Admission is only $10. College students and veterans receive 50% off registration. Find all the need-to-know info about the festival including kid’s yoga sessions, henna art, more on the spectacular line-up of transformational teachers, and the Festival Marketplace featuring more than 20 vendors selling a wide range of products including yoga apparel and props, jewelry, mind- body- spirit gifts, books, food items by visiting DubuqueYogaFestival.com. n DUBUQUE365.COM