In all honesty, I was very nervous. I over thought what I’d wear, the brand of snacks or drinks I’d bring, even my time of arrival. I didn’t want to be too early and appear too eager even though to me this compared to a kid awaiting Christmas morning.
My expectation was that of personal and pose judgment from my fellow yogis combined with a deep concern for not being good enough to practice with the die-hards. And what’s worse, I was afraid to talk about it, as going to a yoga conference meant I was admitting to my yoga addiction.
What I found instead was no one paid any special or particular attention to me. It was easy to get lost in the crowd and simply practice my yoga. The sheer opportunity to learn from so many teachers all gathered in one place further propelled my enthusiasm for the practice.
Below are five reasons why you should go to a yoga festival:
It’s a chance to travel somewhere by yourself, facing uncertainty and growth all at once. It not only gets you out of your comfort zone but also your normal yoga clique.
It is a smart way to network with a lot of passionate yogis all in one place. So whether you are trying to grow awareness, establish your personal brand, or sell a yoga product; there’s no place more conducive to doing so. The joy of connecting face-to-face instead of via social media sites like Facebook or Twitter heightens the power for future collaboration.
A yoga festival is a direct opportunity to see what is currently trending and popular in terms of clothing, style, music, sequencing, and much more.
Learning new perspectives from a variety of geographically diverse teachers boosts our collective creative energies. You can’t help but feel the life-enhancing power of being a part of the creative process.
A yoga festival or conference is not only partly a retreat but also a kind of yoga vacation. The locations offered this year alone are in beautiful parts of the world such as Bali, Whistler, Sedona, Arizona, Lake Tahoe, and Colorado. What better way to spend your time away from work than doing something you love and investing in your own personal growth and development?
By attending a festival you realize how yoga expands us spirituality by narrowing and focusing our world lens on the most meaningful human essentials: cooperation, kindness, love, and learning.
These shared qualities only get strengthened when we are with a cohort of other highly conscious individuals. The benefits of how elevated your spirit feels in the post yoga festival high last far beyond your last workshop. The knowledge and experience you gain will last a lifetime.
What festivals are on your agenda? What are you most excited for?