greek-peak-logo.jpgCortland, N.Y. - The weekend of August 20-22, Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort will be hosting the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival. This event will feature over 30 classes, with over 15 teachers hailing from all over New York State. Promoters hope to draw a crowd, and create an annual event to bring together New York's well established yoga community. "This festival is the first of its kind" says Mathew Ingles, festival director and local yoga instructor. "We have worked hard to create an event where anyone can have a good time, yogi, or not.  We want people to bring family and friends, and we want everyone to have fun." Festival planners think this event will be a boost to the local economy. Ingles, who teaches power yoga in Ithaca, Dryden, and Cortland says, "People will be traveling into the local communities, shopping, lodging, going on wine tours, and taking part in tourist activities." Yoga is a growing business, and no doubt this event will also bolster student numbers for local yoga studios. The festival will also be providing funds to local charities. The weekend will be three days of nonstop classes, three and four classes at a time, so people get to choose what they want to do. From six a.m. to midnight, classes will be starting about every two hours. Yoga classes for beginners, and the more advanced. Also, classes in meditation, belly dancing, nutrition, and fire dancing will be offered. "You can pick and choose what you would like to do and what classes you want to take, it's like a yoga salad bar", says Ingles. The festival hopes to attract all types of folks, even those who want to bring the kids.  Teachers trained in children's yoga will be teaching yoga classes for children.  There will be clowns, hayrides, swimming, boating, fishing and many family activities. Hope Lake Lodge, offering discounted rates for festival participants, has an indoor water park and childcare facilities on site. And for the adults, Friday and Saturday evening will boast entertainment from Elizabeth Muise and Shane Chikeles, a belly dance and music combination.  The Pranadhanas, a dance troop from Ithaca will be wowing festival goers on Friday evening. Saturday night is the luau and dance party. Promoters say they will be adding more local favorite entertainers as things progress. What if yoga isn't your thing? It seems they have that covered. Vendors will be offering goods and wares, local foods, and items for people to take home. You can hike, play volley ball, swim at the beach, or take out a canoe and fish. You can grab a bite to eat at Acorn Grill, or have a drink at Bobcat Lounge. Or, you can go down and relax at world class Waterfalls Spa. Folks who decide to stay at the Hope Lake Lodge will have access to the indoor water park. The list of things to do is long! So what do they hope to achieve with this festival? "We would like to dig in our heels, and make the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival a large, local, annual community event." Says Ingles, and Greek Peak Mountain Resort may be the right place for it. The valley has amazing panoramic views, and plenty of parking and space for a festival. They have a lake and a beach, and the very impressive new Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Waterpark. They are surrounded by lush state land, and they're right on the Finger Lakes Trail system. But, can this region support a yoga festival?  Festival planners say yes, this area has a lot of yoga practitioners and fitness minded people, and the central location within the state allows for easy travel from everywhere. With that in mind, the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival may be here to stay. If you would like more information on the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival, visit the promoter's website and


Contact: Marty Harrington Greek Peak Mountain Resort