16th Annual Yoga Jambalaya

About This Event


Balanced Rock has made the decision to pivot this course to an online format for 2020, with a Locals Live class in-person with a limited capacity . With so much uncertainty still in the air, we want to provide a safe experience for our students and staff. We feel, more than ever, how important daily yoga practices are to remain grounded and tethered in this ever-changing landscape. Balanced Rock’s ethos is one of a grounded organization focused on supporting individuals and their practices while encouraging them to carry what they experienced back into their communities.

By signing up for a Balanced Rock program, you are helping support a small organization during times of uncertainty. We are beyond grateful to be able to continue operating and offering health and wellness opportunities for communities both near and far!

2020 Yoga Jambalaya Schedule

8:00am-9:00am | Morning Practice & Jambalaya Intro with Paula Wild

9:30am-10:45am | Better Than Coffee: Invigorating Vinayasa with Kelly Doyle

11:00am-12:00pm | Year of the Breath: Exploring Pranayama with Dennis Eagan

2:00pm-3:00pm | Brahma Viharas Meditation Practice or Ayurveda Session with Jana Kilgore

3:30-4:45pm | Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Vinyasa with Breezy Jackson

5:00-6:15pm | Relaxing Locals Live Class & Musical Accompaniment with co-founders Heather Sullivan and Eliza Kerr (at the Yosemite Bug Hostel)

Join the ever-growing Balanced Rock yoga community at our 16th Annual Yoga Jambalaya. Experience a carefully crafted blend of yoga classes from Yosemite–inspired instructors. This one-day workshop is a great opportunity to give a boost to your yoga practice, experience top-level professional instruction from some of the best yoga and wellness practitioners in the field.

The schedule is very flexible - you can drop in for single classes, book the full day online or register for the full day "experience" which includes access to all online classes PLUS a Locals Live class in person at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort (class size is limited to 10 people).

The teachers for this event are all highly trained, professional, certified yoga instructors who bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion to share it. Each instructor adds their own unique flavor of teaching, love and open-heartedness. Advanced registration is strongly advised although you may also pay at the door on a first-come, first-served availability.


Multiple yoga classes all day Saturday that build and draw upon one another

A variety of teachers and class styles to choose from

Resources to access Local Health and Wellness practitioners

Locals Live Class at the Bug for a lucky group of 10 participants!

Click to view last year's 2019 Jambalaya Schedule


For a single class pass (online only): $15

For a full day pass (online only): $75

*For a full day experience online PLUS Locals Live Class: $95 (limited space, contact Balanced Rock to register)

*For the Locals Live Class (in-person, single class only): $20 (limited space, contact Balanced Rock to register)

Price Includes

-Professional yoga instruction from the comfort of your home

-Freebies & takeaways from instructors and the Balanced Rock team

-Locals Live Class for those who registered for the full day experience (limited space)


All levels welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Fitness level light to moderate.

Local Health and Wellness Fair

Normally the Yosemite Bug and Balanced Rock host the annual Local Health and Wellness Fair. We have featured talented, local bodyworkers, health providers, artisans and vendors—focusing on health and wellness products and local food items. Due to the shift to an online format this year, we will be sharing these Health and Wellness practitioners and resources the week leading up to Yoga Jambalaya via our social media channels. Follow us to learn more:

Instagram: @balancedrockorg

Facebook: Balanced Rock Foundation

Cancellation Policy available here

Venue Highlights

Our staff and instructors are a fun group of inspired mountain adventurers who have honed their skills living and loving life in connection with wilderness. Accomplished musicians, artists, naturalists, yogis, healers, chefs, and free-spirits Balanced Rock instructors have a knack for making people feel super safe and comfortable in the mountains. We strive to help people feel capable and competent in their own selves in the wilderness through our competent, attentive guidance.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Each course explores a different region of the Park. With our staff of resident Yosemite experts, we specialize in visiting less crowded, yet stunningly beautiful corners of the Park. We have decades of collective experience in exploring Yosemite National Park, and have a wide range of hidden sanctuaries, secluded lakes, outdoor granite-slab yoga “studios”, and comfortable campsites in our routes and itineraries. If you want to also see some of the more popular icons and destinations, there is ample time at the beginning and end of each course.

Once you complete your registration for a course, we will send you detailed directions and a map to the meeting place for your course. This will usually be a campground inside the park boundary on the Tioga Pass Road.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Marcia Hodges   June 07, 2020

      EVERY Balanced Rock Retreat is AMAZING!!

    I've been on several Balanced Rock retreats and every single one was AMAZING!! The attention to detail for every participant made me feel like it was designed specifically for me. Everything from making sure my sleeping accommodations were cozy to yoga poses right for me in that moment to the Over-the-Top Excellent food! You can be assured you will be WELL taken care of and fully nourished in your body, mind and spirit!

  • Ruth Alana Smiley   November 16, 2019

      Yoga Jambalaya 2019

    Heather has a way of bringing the outside inside, and helping to connect people to nature right from the start of her yoga class. A wonderful way to stir a pot of something delicious! Jambalaya has always been amazing, but it keeps getting better

  • Kristin Huss   August 16, 2019

      100% Worth every penny!

    This trip couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I was finally able to quiet my heavily distracted and fast paced mind with the guided meditations and yoga poses taught by Jana. She meets you at your level and provides you with a variety of meditation styles to take home and practice whenever you like. Patrick prepared the best meals for the group and even snuck in a sweet dessert once in awhile. Overall, this retreat was much needed and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. The connections that were made on this trip will stay with me for a lifetime and I look forward to my next trip with them.

  • Endria Richardson   August 05, 2019

      Women of Color Backpacking and Yoga Retreat

    I've been backpacking and climbing for over nine years, and this was one of the most special, healing, and joyous backpacking trips I've ever been on. I really loved spending time in the mountains with women of color--sharing space to talk about our experiences, joys, and pains in the outdoors, and cultivating the healing that comes with being heard and seen (and from plunges in freezing alpine lakes). Thank you to the trip leaders, Grace and Miho, for holding such beautiful space, and to Balanced Rock for providing this magical and necessary space!

  • Andrea Gallego Jacobo   July 30, 2019

      Amazing Journey

    My yoga and backpacking retreat, couldn't have gone any better, this was a life changing experience were reconnecting to nature and spirit was the key, the instructors (Breezy and JP) are absolutely exceptional yoga instructors, they care tons about the welfare of the group, the food was super healthy and convenient, meditations were beyond my expectations, the place was fantastic and the instructors were super knowledge of our surrounding environment. ***** 5 stars Highly Recommended :)!!!!!

  • Jessie Copeland   June 05, 2019

      Amazing and rejuvenating.

    I attended the Writing from the Heart retreat. From the moment I stepped into the campsite, I felt loved, welcomed, and safe. Our yoga practices were centering and our writing time helped me to reignite my love of writing. Heather Sullivan was an amazing leader. I am so thankful for my time in Yosemite. The peace and rest I found there are truly indescribable.

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