About Love Yoga Fest Founder, Annika Iliadis
I am from Norwood originally but I have been on the Cape for 16 years. I summered here as a child, and loved it so much. I feel pretty blessed that I now live minutes from the ocean.
My Business Career started out in Pharmaceutical Sales but realized shortly into that career that I needed to do something where I felt more passion for my job. At around the same time, I had family acquaintances that developed rare cancers and it really made me sad and angry. I wanted to learn more about how people could prevent cancer. I developed an interest in natural health, and thought maybe by learning more about alternative health care and the holistic industry, I would feel more empowered about how to best prevent cancer. I then researched getting a Master’s degree in natural health and thought “maybe this will be my passion.”
While going through the online Master’s program, I had to read a book called “Stopping Cancer At The Source,” , by Dr. M. Sara Rosenthal, and there was a whole chapter on yoga. I went on to become a certified yoga teacher and while taking part in the training I developed a new outlook on life. I decided I didn’t want to wear business suits any more, I wanted to move forward with my new passion in natural health and yoga. I’d had trouble becoming pregnant with my now 10-year-old twins, and I truly believe that if I didn’t have natural health and yoga in my life I might not have them now.
After completing the yoga teacher training, I started writing a business plan for a yoga center. I envisioned building and running a yoga center and in turn helping many people prevent cancer. I considered it a calling. Centerville Yoga & Wellness Center opened in May 2007 and I’m proud to say it was the first yoga center on Cape Cod and is now 10 yeast old! www.centervilleyoga.com
After selling Centerville Yoga to a wonderful new owner, Karen Black, I still wanted to stay in the yoga world but wasn’t sure exactly how to do that. I then realized that I wanted to bring a yoga festival to Cape Cod and started building Love Yoga Fest Shortly after.
More about Love Yoga Fest:
Love Yoga Fest is one-stop-shopping for the mind, body and soul. It’s an opportunity to take a variety of classes all in one location over a course of two days. It not only offers yoga classes but much like Centerville Yoga, it offers an opportunity to receive education and offerings that assists you with uplifting your mind, body and spirit. We combine yoga with empowering music, meditation, and healing modalities that people might be learning about for the first time. It offers attendees the chance to take a break from their everyday lives and take time out for themselves. We want people to leave feeling recharged, empowered and relaxed. Come see for yourself just how powerful the experience can be.
Looking forward to seeing you at our next Love Yoga Fest Event!