Enjoy group and personal experiences with recognized experts, inspiring you on your wellness journey.
Fitness Expert & Transformation Specialist
Heidi Powell is the ultimate female force. She is a trainer, transformation specialist, devoted wife, mother of four, savvy businesswoman, author, nutrition nut, and overall health guru. Heidi became a fixture in America’s living room as she worked side-by-side husband Chris Powell on ABC’s hit show, “Extreme Weight Loss.” Heidi empowered thousands across the globe as the matriarch and tour de force for the often-struggling participants, serving as their daily fitness coach, voice of reason and biggest cheerleader. Season 5 premiered to high ratings in 2015, and the Powells continue to touch lives weekly as EWL airs in syndication on TLC and OWN networks worldwide.
This March Chris and Heidi launched their debut digital platform, TRANSFORM with Chris and Heidi, with the goal of transforming one million lives by the end of 2017. The app received more than 25,000 downloads within the first 24 hours, and provides users with the motivation, exercises, nutrition, and built-in community for a successful transformation.
Heidi has more than a decade of experience as a personal trainer, and holds both ACE and Crossfit certifications. As a coach, mother of four, and manager of their family business, Heidi brings a whole new perspective and level of compassion to the Powell’s approach, helping others overcome many of life’s challenges to create effective, long-lasting success. When not travelling, she resides in Arizona with Chris and their four children.
Balanced Life through Yoga
Sykora, mother and influential social media yogi with over one million followers on Instagram, will bring her fun, playful, challenging classes to Festival participants of all skill levels. Whether it’s starting the day with sunrise yoga or winding down before dinner, Laura Sykora’s classes will be full of laughter and help build strength and confidence. Sykora and her husband, Edward, also practice Acrovinyasa, taking yoga from earth to air.
Laura’s mission is to provide an amazing yoga experience in an atmosphere that is fun and playful, yet challenging. She takes her yoga seriously, but herself lightly. After all, laughter is one of the best remedies.
Setting an Individual Path
From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences.
His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East Forest), made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015, his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes Hiphop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, and Dominic Balli.
In 2016, MC YOGI headlined all Wanderlust Festivals & 108 events, teaching and performing to over 200,000.
Recently, MC YOGI signed with HarperOne to release his first book, Spiritual Graffiti (SEPTEMBER 2017).
In 2011, MC YOGI and his wife Amanda were named ambassadors by Michelle Obama for her “Lets Move” initiative and have taught yoga at the White House five times since. Additionally, they have performed and taught yoga at Stanford University, The Smithsonian, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and Dallas Asian Art Museum..
Connection through Meditation with David Perrin & Anne Kenan
Perrin and Kenan, founders of New York City’s fast-growing MNDFL meditation centers, bring contemplative practices to participants. Together, they founded MNDFL Ed with the aim to make meditation accessible to New York City children and youth, as well as under-resourced school communities.
Fitness through Rhythm
DanceBody is comprised of dancer-turned-instructors moving the body in new ways, combining dance-inspired cardio and toning set to motivating music. One of New York and Miami’s hottest new studios, DanceBody has gained a powerful and motivated following in both destinations and will be sure to amp up the energy on Amelia Island.