While attending the Big Eddy, don’t forget to tend to your mind + body before, during, and after the festival with the Chi Hive’s diverse range of offerings as well as specialized classes designed for film-going audiences!
Dynamic sequences heat up the body, strengthen muscles, and burn away stress and fatigue. With the addition of gentle and intuitive stretching, the joints can softly open, creating more space in the body. By focusing on the breath throughout, the mind becomes quieter and the heart lighter. Followed by restorative postures on the back end to release tension and bring you into a more relaxed state of being. Some light massage and aromatherapy may be offered. Enjoy a Multi-Film Inspired Soundtrack
Rebecca believes anyone can practice yoga regardless of ability, size, flexibility, or age. By focusing on the breath and moving mindfully, we can all find a sense of comfort in our bodies and peace of mind.
When Rebecca was twelve, she was diagnosed with mild scoliosis, and the doctor recommended daily stretching. Her grandmother gave her a book about yoga and she was hooked, practicing asanas and pranayama in the living room.
After years of practicing yoga off and on, Rebecca took the next step and traveled to Dharamsala, India in 2015, where she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Siddhi Yoga. She began teaching in NYC at corporate offices, parks, rooftops, studios, community centers, and one-on-one private instruction. One memorable experience was teaching meditation at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe with assistance from feline friends.
In 2018, she studied with Jivana Heyman at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC and received a certification in teaching Accessible Yoga.
Rebecca enjoys combining vinyasa flow with hatha practices, restorative yoga, and therapeutic yoga.
Jean Kogut first tried yoga in 2007, in search of physical relief after years of running on the Manhattan pavement. An avid traveler, Jean got her first yoga teacher training certification in 2012 to deepen her knowledge of the physical practice, thinking she could always practice a self-taught yoga class if she couldn’t find a gym in her travels. What started as a desire to have a “perfect” practice through training, morphed into a love for the inner stillness and self-inquiry that yoga can bring. Jean also craved the deep sense of community and support that practitioners often share and incorporates that mindset into her teaching. She still loves a challenging physical workout and moving to a great playlist, and both of these ingredients can be found in her power flow yoga class. Jean has been teaching yoga since 2013, including classes at The Chi Hive, Woodloch, and private sessions in Manhattan. She has a 200-hr certification in vinyasa from Yoga London, a 200-hr certification in Baptiste-style hot power yoga from NYC-based Lyons Den, and a 75-hour certification in “The Art of Teaching Kula Style Yoga”, a course focused on alignment and sequencing.
Unwind, decompress and celebrate! A slow-paced practice with breathwork, and long-held chill postures that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels. Enjoy a Multi-Film Inspired Soundtrack followed by a sound bath with crystal singing bowls and a toast to close out the Big Eddy Film Festival!
Amanda McCormick hails from a two-decade-long performance career, most notably performing as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for 9 years. She began expanding her interest into the health and wellness industry first through personal training, then holistic health coaching, yoga, and meditation. She feels like this last piece of the mind/body/soul puzzle has allowed for the biggest deep dive into her own healing, love, acceptance, and growth.
Amanda is now recognized as an Embodied Movement Specialist with over 300hrs of Yoga Alliance certifiable training in Vinyasa, Restorative, and Bhakti, and also likes to incorporate her dance background into expressive movement workshops.
She is an Alchemical Sound Meditation Guide where she paints soothing soundscapes with singing bowls, Koshi chimes, a steel tongue drum, and her velvet voice which leads participants on a channeled reconnection journey into themselves.