Music City Yogis,
I want to warmly welcome each of you to the 5th annual Music City Yoga Festival. Since 2013, this community has gathered, practiced, and laughed together. This year will by my 3rd time at MCYF. I thought this day would be like any other fundraiser or festival that first year. But, I was wrong. For me, this day has become a family-reunion of sorts. From the yogis who attend every single year to those who have just learned about Small World Yoga, each person becomes a part of our extended Small World Yoga family. Year after year, the Music City Yoga Festival represents why this organization exists – to build community and create connections through access to yoga. For us, yoga is more than a physical practice on your mat. Yes, the physical is important. But, the mental, emotional, and relational practices are too. That is why this festival, this community, and this organization can create such an impact. Everyone at Small World Yoga has seen this practice, and this community, change individual lives.
Community truly is at the center of what we do at Small World Yoga. Community may seem like a buzzword these days; everyone talks about the importance of cultivating community, building your tribe, and being a part of something. It may seem commonplace, but having a strong community is a privilege. Many of the students Small World Yoga interacts with daily do not have this privilege. Small World Yoga teachers constantly work to invite their students into our larger community. They meet their students where they are – both on their mat and in their lives. Whether it is an incarcerated man at the detention center or a senior at the local library, our teachers are making yoga accessible to everyone. The teachers bring the same passion and love that we all experience at the Music City Yoga Festival to these classes everyday.
Personally, I experienced the power of this community as it welcomed me when I needed it most. After starting to practice at a local studio my freshman year of college, I personally experienced the inward and outward transformation this community has on individual lives. Joining Small World Yoga and the Music City Yoga Festival team was no-brainer. I knew wanted to be a part of this life-changing organization.
In honor of the 5th annual Music City Yoga Festival, I welcome each of you to share in this community with me and with us on November 18th.
Welcome to the yogis who have volunteered and will volunteer.
Welcome to those who provided our beautiful event space this year's and past's – Rocketown.
Welcome to our sponsors, teachers, and vendors.
Welcome to the yogis who have never been to the Music City Yoga Festival.
Welcome to the yogis who have come before.
Welcome to the those who have come every year since 2013.
Welcome to long-time and new Small World Yoga students.
Welcome to those from Nashville and to those who have travelled.
Welcome to the new and the wise yogis.
Welcome to you.
And, welcome to all.