By Laura Anderson Shaw, Courtesy of the Dispatch

The Radish Magazine Yoga Fest will take place July 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Rock Island, 226 17th St.

Whether you’re a handstand pro or you couldn’t recognize a warrior pose if your life depended on it, there will be something for you at the event.  

“We are really excited to be a part of this very unique event,” said Valerie Yazbec, chief revenue officer for the Moline Dispatch Publishing Co. “Personally, I’m new to yoga, so as we have planned the event, we’ve made sure it will be for all skill levels — even mine.”

The fest will kick off Friday night with a keynote address by Sara Strother, of the Chicago area, who has studied yoga for more than 16 years and has taught yoga for more than 12. Then there will be a community yoga session, followed by a dance party with snacks and a cash bar.

Saturday will feature a host of sessions throughout the day for beginners through experienced students and teachers, including guided practice, arm balances and inversions, advanced practice and more. Lunch will be provided.

Sunday’s offerings will be a little less intense, with a half-day of sessions for all levels, including therapeutic yoga, chair yoga, mantra yoga and yoga for relaxation. There will be a closing ceremony at 1 p.m.

Special guest instructors from the Chicago area will be Ms. Strother; Quinn Kearney, who has taught yoga for more than two decades; and Jim Bennitt, who began studying yoga in 1997. Instructors from about 10 Quad-Cities studios also will be on hand to teach a variety of sessions.

Saturday and Sunday will feature guided meditation throughout each day. A vendor marketplace will be open during the event, with many booths offering information and wares from yoga- and health-related businesses.

Tickets — $225 for a weekend pass, $200 for Saturday and Sunday, $175 for Saturday only, $55 for Sunday only, and $30 for Friday only — are available now at, and at the customer service counter at The Dispatch/Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, beginning April 1.

“There are so many proven benefits to yoga,” Ms. Yazbec said. “We want to be sure the fest is comfortable for all levels, even beginners like me. We took great care in selecting our presenters to ensure that all who attend (the) Radish Magazine Yoga Fest will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and hopefully, (like) a true yogi.”

For more information, including a complete schedule, visit

The Radish Magazine Yoga Fest will be July 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Rock Island, 223 17th St., Rock Island. Pictured is local yogi Clarissa Thompson, of Rock Island.

Photo by Todd Welvaert / The Dispatch

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