Fields of Yogis is aiming to reach some key goals this coming year — all focused on making yoga more accessible to all of Iowa.

    “We want to have an accepting, diverse, all-encompassing festival,” says founder Ally Thompson.

    The Cedar Rapids yoga festival, happening Aug. 23-25, aims to attract more people new to yoga and create a sense of community around year-round wellness. The festival aims to reach farther throughout the state. And, it seeks to communicate the overall benefits of yoga, not just its physical benefits .

    “It’s not just for your body; it’s for who you are,” Thompson says. Among the new features this year:

    • “Lunch and learn” classes that provide examples — and classes for self-preparation — on healthy eating including vegan options (does not include yoga)

    • Art tents on Saturday and Sunday (these tickets can be purchased separately from festival passes)

    • Morning “intention-setting” sessions

    • More community yoga sessions that are free and open to everyone

    • The “Relax and Restore Lounge,” featuring coffee and contemplation, coloring pages, cool air, and casual hang-outs courtesy of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program

    • An end-of-festival gifting ceremony and drumming circle

    Headline teachers this year include:

    • Cassandra Justine, a Chicago-based yoga instructor who also founded Choose Joy, which coordinates retreats and continuing education

    • Tamara “Cuchira” Levinson, a former gymnast and professional dancer who founded the MovMEANT program to relieve personal trauma by “moving your way through it

    • Koya Webb, celebrity holistic health coach and yoga instructor from Los Angeles, who also created the Get Loved Up positive change movement

    Tickets start at just $30 for a lunch class, all the way up to $200 for a three-day pass to all workshops (excluding art + lunch – a la carte) Passes include a swag bag full of local mindful goodies, a weekend or learning and growth, and a new community to engage with off your mat. Rates are slated to increase in May, so early enrollment is encouraged.aged.