Exercise your mind

By Sara Syed, Writer

The Akron Peace Project’s 6th annual Akron Peace Week will be celebrated this year from September 25 to  October 4.

The newest addition to the Akron Peace Week, the Akron Yoga Summit, will commence this weekend from September 25-27.  

The Akron Yoga Summit aims to bring the Akron community together for a yogic festival of empowerment, leadership, development, non-violence, and the deepening of spirituality.  

The three-day festival includes lectures, chanting, tea time, meditation, drawing, ancient wisdom, empowerment classes, relaxation, a yoga dance party, and singing by local and nationally-acclaimed yogic and spiritual leaders.

There will be more than 30 different events, presentations, workshops and presenters over the course of the three-day celebration.  All of the classes are open to the public. Beginners are encouraged to explore what the Akron Yoga Summit has to offer.  

There will also be courses designed specifically for yoga teachers and more advanced practitioners that will award educational credit from the Yoga Alliance, a leading organization that accredits yoga teachers, as well as provide depth and knowledge for experienced teachers.

Although almost all of Akron Peace Week’s events will be free of charge to the public, events that are a part of the Akron Yoga Summit will be ticketed for a nominal fee of $10 per class, $30 for an entire day or $50 for the entire weekend.

However, events occurring this Friday at The University of Akron will be free of charge.

Kate Kresevic, local yoga instructor and presenter at The Akron Yoga Summit, believes that “creative outlets that promote peaceful practices, like yoga and meditation, are keys to future successors. Teaching people these powerful tools for peace will enable us to collectively sustain a brighter future for generations to come.”  

The Akron Yoga Summit will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Friday, and at the Summit Art Space on E. Market Street on Saturday and Sunday.

Other highlights of Akron Peace Week include a Morning Commute Dance Party from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 at the Coffee Pot Café; screening of a Peace Movie (location TBA on Akron Peace Project’s Facebook page); Citizen Journalism 101 Workshop with the Akronist at the Summit-Akron Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m.; Eating Healthy on a Budget in North Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.;  and a Peace Walk in Downtown Akron from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, among many other events.

A full schedule of events can be found online at Akron Peace Project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/896030393816501/

A full schedule of events for The Akron Yoga Summit can be found on its Facebook page as well: https://www.facebook.com/akronyogasummit?fref=ts