For a number of years, my friends have been attending this festival. They raved about it. Each year, I hoped I could go but living the life I had chosen, planning and committing to such things and so far ahead, was quite difficult. I was resigned and very comfortable in this, to seeing what happened in the moment. And I missed a few.
If you have read one of my earlier posts, ‘Relax! Nothing is in control!’ you’d know that what I had thought I was doing, changed in an instant and my page was open to new things. The World Yoga Festival was possible, last minute vibes. Everything came together, a lift there, a tent to stay in and the money for the ticket. How exciting!
The site was beautiful and not overwhelming as can be in bigger festivals. It was a few years in but the integrity and beauty of this little festival has remained. The timetable is ridiculously full of amazing speakers, teachers and masters, classes and healing. I made stars by every session I wished to attend and made a strict plan for each day.
I started off well. I drifted between one class to the next. I bumped into friends and shared some sessions together and pulled away when something else called. The food stalls were lovely and very reasonable for the quality. The nights were filled with musicians and dancing. Friends gathered around the stove, teas and coffees made as we chatted and got to know each other in a different setting to the norm. The sky was clear and filled with stars.
By the third day, I was exhausted and decided to put the schedule down. I wandered around, spoke to Swarmiji Brahmavidananda Saraswati and had an impromptu reading with Sparkle and Divine… Amazing! I talked to massage therapists about working festivals and gained inspiration for future possibilities. I met some lovely women after dancing the evening away. We sat with tumeric lattes as we chatted about life, magic and our experiences so far.
By the end of the festival, I had thoroughly enjoyed sessions with Dr Ananda, Sri. Vijay Gopala, Sw. Brahmavidananda Saraswati, Kundalini with Jo Nimrita, Breath & movement with Johanna Nye, Kirtan with Nikki Swade, Nada yoga with Ram Vakkalanka and satsang with Sw. Sarvapriyananda and much more. I am still buzzing from the Ashtanga class and epic adjustments with Kamal Singh. Thank you.
Thank you Sonali & Ram! You have created a little gem. A place of true study, practice, love, light and togetherness. I look forward to returning next year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!