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Hear from Ashley Oshinsky of Higher Living Real Estate

Hear from Ashley Oshinsky of Higher Living Real Estate

Barefoot & Free is proud to have Ashley Oshinsky of Higher Living Real Estate as both a teacher and sponsor for the 2019 Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival. Learn more about Ashely and her amazing journey into yoga and how she connects yoga and work.   First...

Should you be gluten-free? by Jaclyn Renee

Should you be gluten-free? by Jaclyn Renee

Should you be gluten-free? With all the fuss about gluten-free it can be quite overwhelming to understand right from wrong.  First, it is important to know what gluten actually is! Gluten is a yellowish-gray, powdery mixture of plant proteins occurring in cereal...

Where Does Your Strength Lie? by Dr. Krishana

Where Does Your Strength Lie? by Dr. Krishana

Where does your strength lie? From time to time I would notice myself wondering "what keeps so many people so motivated/strong/resilient/persistent and how can I tap into some of that!?" The path to the answer has been a long journey that continues to unfold today. In...

Motherhood Wisdom

Motherhood Wisdom

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the special woman in our life for all that she does. One of the most difficult tasks a mother has is balancing her work and life, so we asked some of our teachers at this year's festival how they do it.   Lisa Johnson Q: What...

On Balance

On Balance

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” - Jill Churchill There are moments in time that will always be remembered. The moment when I found out I was pregnant is one of these engrained moments. I woke up at 5 AM to take the...

Q&A with Ashley Oshinsky – Teacher & Sponsor

Q&A with Ashley Oshinsky – Teacher & Sponsor

Meet Ashley Oshinsky, one of our teachers at Barefoot & Free. Ashley is also a Realtor & Owner of Higher Living Real Estate LLC, one of our sponsors for the festival. Ashley talks about her approach to Real Estate, how yoga has shaped her business and how she...

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Today is International Women's Day and to celebrate we are featuring some of the incredible local business owners and strong women who contribute to our community. Barefoot & Free is all about being inspired and uplifted and these women are the definition. We hope...

BAREFOOT & FREE – BRINGING TOGETHER DIVERSE MINDS AND BODIES

BAREFOOT & FREE – BRINGING TOGETHER DIVERSE MINDS AND BODIES

"People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words make us...

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice!

* "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein   Today is the Winter Solstice~ it marks a turning point where after this night~ the longest of the year, the days will get longer. So, it is a celebration of both...

Barefoot & Free is Almost Here! – Video

Barefoot & Free is Almost Here! – Video

The Midwest's one-of-a-kind yoga and music experience is almost here! Book your passes today for an unforgettable weekend of yoga, music and MORE! Hurry, as pass prices increase in August. SHOP PASSES

Turtle Check In

Turtle Check In

Not the actual footage, but you get the idea. Last week, an unexpected visitor showed up at our yoga studio. A painted turtle was frantically knocking on the front door, startling our desk manager, Melinda, who is accustomed to many unusual visitors but not usually...

Jennifer McQuillan – What’s Your Worth?

Jennifer McQuillan – What’s Your Worth?

Each and every day we have to make decisions about what has value, about what has worth in our lives. Do we purchase the organic strawberries for our kids? Did we invest in a higher education for ourselves, and is it the choice the same today as it was 5, 10, 15, 20...

How Yoga Brings You Happiness Instagram Contest

How Yoga Brings You Happiness Instagram Contest

We all know as yogis how yoga is good for you. Perhaps that is the reason you started, you had a bad back or you were greatly stressed out in life and your health was affected. But, did you know that Yoga can also increase your happiness? Join us in greeting our...

Break Free From Bloating with Jaclyn Fracchia

Break Free From Bloating with Jaclyn Fracchia

Jaclyn Fracchia is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jaclyn works one-on-one with women that are constantly bloated, sick, or extremely tired. She feels it is a joy and a privileged to see women take charge of their...

Q&A with Shiva Honey of The Pentacle Path

Q&A with Shiva Honey of The Pentacle Path

Are you ready to unleash your inner magic? We recently interview Shiva Honey of The Pentacle Path who specializes in Tarot, Ritual and Candle Making. Shiva has spent years studying mysticism and ritual traditions and has traveled the world learning about different...

Q&A With Shannon Kennedy – Mother Firefly’s Healing

Q&A With Shannon Kennedy – Mother Firefly’s Healing

The Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival is about more than just yoga. That's why this week we sat down with Certified Master/ Teacher practitioner of Medical Reiki, Seichim Master and Mindfulness Instructor Shannon Kennedy of Mother Firefly's Healing to learn more about...

The Imperfect Asana – Jennifer McQuillan

The Imperfect Asana – Jennifer McQuillan

The Imperfect Asana* (*asana = posture) Last winter, I faced surgery that I knew would derail my yoga practice for months to come. After twelve years, I had built a pretty solid physical practice; the time had come to see if I could take all that I had learned and...

Veterans & Yoga

Veterans & Yoga

When you were in high school, you probably read J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, that classic tome of teenage angst. You may have even learned a little about Salinger’s strange reclusive life up in New Hampshire, how he stopped publishing in the...

Breathing to “Stretch” Before Meditation – Brandon Klein

Breathing to “Stretch” Before Meditation – Brandon Klein

Brandon Klein is the Founder and Lead Meditation Coach at WiseMindGentleSoul. The main focus of Brandon’s meditations is on developing a new, “middle-ground” relationship with thoughts. He will be bringing that focus to Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival, where he will...

Breathe – Jennifer McQuillan

Breathe – Jennifer McQuillan

Back in 5th grade, we learned about the major organs of the human body. It was a rudimentary introduction, to be sure, but I was surprised to see pictures of the insides of the lungs, how intricate and developed they were. The trachea, the branching off into the...

Collateral Beauty – Part Two

Collateral Beauty – Part Two

Editors Note: Collateral Beauty, a beautiful piece by one of our teacher's, Courtney Welch, will be a 3 part series focusing on each of her letters. We hope you enjoy each piece. Collateral Beauty Written By Courtney Welch Part Two: My Letter to Time The second letter...

Collateral Beauty – Intro and Part One

Collateral Beauty – Intro and Part One

Editors Note: Collateral Beauty, a beautiful piece by one of our teacher's, Courtney Welch, will be a 3 part series focusing on each of her letters. We hope you enjoy each piece. Collateral Beauty Written By Courtney Welch Intro and Part One: Love. Time. Death. These...

A weekend at Barefoot! 

A weekend at Barefoot! 

This post is for you if you are considering coming but not sure, should you buy a weekend pass and come and go or should you stay? If you stay, should you camp or stay in one of the bunkhouses or go real BIG and get a glamping tent! Well, we have provided a little...