Evolve Yoga returns to Byron in summer
What is so beautiful about Byron Bay, and what continues to draw passers-by to this delightful little bubble, is the open heartedness of each person you meet.
Every individual you come across has a story to share, and after one or two meetings you quickly become friends, sharing insights, passions and philosophies on life.
Traditionally Byron was known as a place of healing and fertility, and to this day has so much to offer in terms of alternative health and wellbeing.
Surrounded by a beautiful natural environment which is deliciously conducive to yoga and meditation practice (although there are many people who have never stepped foot into a yoga studio) the philosophies of yoga permeate the shire and Byron Bay provides a perfectly apt location for a yoga festival.
The Evolve Yoga Festival is coming back to Byron Bay on Saturday 11th January 2014 at the Byron Bay Public School.
Deep in Byron Bay's peak tourist season, Evolve will provide a refuge from the crowds, offering an enlightening smorgasbord of workshops, classes and talks on a range of yoga forms, meditation, wellness and dance presented by experienced teachers passionate about sharing their wisdom and art.
Hosted by the Byron Yoga Centre, the next Evolve Yoga Festival is bound to inspire and delight yogis and non-yogis alike with a whole day of yoga, a marketplace, an outdoor music concert, and delicious kirtan and ecstatic dance celebrations that will leave your heart wide open and ready to receive all the benefits yoga has to offer.
Byron Yoga Centre's John Ogilvie will introduce students to the philosophies and physical practices of Purna Yoga and teachers from near and far will be showcasing their unique styles.
Kids come for free to enjoy kids' classes and workshops, and the whole town is invited to check out the marketplace with no cover charge.
"So many festivals these days are exclusive, catering to a minority and promoting a certain style," says festival director, Jessica Humphries. "Evolve's philosophy is all about inclusion. From a yogic viewpoint, in order to evolve or become enlightened, we must let go of our sense of separation, or ego, and surrender to a greater power. At Evolve, you are not expected to dress a certain way, think a certain way or even have any experience of yoga. Of course yoga is at the core of the event, but people often mistakenly believe that yoga is about contorting your body into different positions, when that's just a very small part of it. We really just want to create a space where people can have fun, feel part of a community of like-minded people and delve into a deeper understanding of yoga."
The Evolve Yoga Festival hopes to encourage as many people as possible to join in this wonderful practice. The festival aspires to introduce new people to the benefits of yoga, and encourage those who may have been practicing for years to try new styles. For more information about the event, see the website: www.evolveyogafestival.com.au