Wednesday July 03, 2013 | 03:30 PM
Posted by In the City

For many people, yoga is a way to focus on themselves while healing and strengthening the mind and body - and while sneaking peeks at the poses of the person on the mat next to you.

During Maine YogaFest July 13-14 there will be plenty of workshops, child poses, music, meditation (and people-watching) to go around.

Organizers from the Maine YogaFest hosted a yoga flash mob in Monument Square in Portland on June 13 to celebrate the one month countdown to the July 13-14 event. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

The event takes place in and around the East End Community School and East End Beach in Portland. Classes and lectures begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and run through the closing ceremonies at 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Check out the schedule soon because some classes - like Intro to Aerial Yoga and Hoop Dance - and some of the free lectures - like Applying Positivity to Your Every Day Challenges - are already sold out.

Tickets cost $90 for a three-workshop pass and $125 for a five-workshop pass. Workshops can be taken over both days and passes include one free lecture, entry to the Friends & Family Yoga Party on Saturday and daily meditations. Five dollars from every ticket will be donated to Preble Street.

Maine YogaFest was created by friends Justine Carlisle, Dana Woodbury and Regan Johnson. More than 30 studios are participating, which means there will be something for every type of yogi.

Plus there will also be food trucks. And a fire dance performance. Sounds like a pretty good weekend.


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