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Thank You...

Music City Yoga Festival

Nashville yoga community,

My heart is still so full from last weekend. Full of love and gratitude for so many people in this yoga community. Events like this yoga festival don’t just happen because a couple people have a vision. They come alive when everyone starts collaborating and working together in support of it. Teachers, studio owners, sponsors, marketplace vendors, musicians, volunteers, individuals that bought a ticket for themselves or encouraged a friend to go with them - you are the ones that made this event. Thanks to each and every one of you for making Music City Yoga Festival an amazing event. 

Thank you to Africa Yoga Project for sharing Anita and Catherine with us. Anita and Catherine, you all inspired so many people. Your energy and love of yoga can be felt in every word you say and it was such a gift to have you representing Africa Yoga Project in Nashville. 

MCYF & SWY crew, thank you for such selfless service. From taping floors and fixing a broken toilet multiple times to creating a beautiful community marketplace lounge and emceeing for 8 hours, no task was too big or too small. Thank you for shining so brightly and putting so much enthusiasm and heart into everything you did! I learned to put a great deal of trust in all of you through this entire process and was blown away at how you each went above and beyond the call of duty. This event was such a tribute to each of you and all your incredible talents.

When the festival was created last year, the vision was to have a day where the yoga community would come together in celebration of all the amazing teachers and students that are a part of it. The second part of that vision was to provide an opportunity for the yoga community to give back. This year we chose to not only support Africa Yoga Project, but to bring Small World Yoga to have a local tie to yoga and outreach in Middle Tennessee.

I watched in awe as people came together all day and all weekend long. Laughter as yogis took a break and admired their flash tatoos in lululemon's gratitude lounge, students getting off their mat to make room for someone next to them, meeting a new friend during the thai massage session or handstand workshop, marketplace vendors connecting with attendees, but also one another. Those were the moments that inspire me and inspire everyone that had a part in creating this event. Our team continues to dream about how this event can grow, improve and touch more people in 2015. Ultimately, how can this event be a cause for more community in Nashville?  

Thank you, Nashville yoga community, for an incredible 2nd year of the Music City Yoga Festival. We couldn't have done it without you and can't wait until we're all together again next year!

In the meantime, check out the amazing gallery of photos on our Facebook page. Feel free to like, share, tag, tweet, Insta...go crazy! Our incredible photographers Daniel C. White and Lindley Battle captured some of the best moments throughout the day!

With gratitude,

Liz Veyhl

 

A Calling...

Music City Yoga Festival

This Saturday, hundreds of yogis will be hitting their mats at 429 Event Space in Nashville.

 

But this is more than a one-day event to get a bunch of yogis doing chaturangas in the same big room together.

The Music City Yoga Festival's 2nd Annual event is just two days away, and the planning team is hard at work with everything last-minute that goes along with putting on a city-wide event (bring on the caffeinated chai, please). But this day is more than a marketing platform for local, family-owned businesses, and it is more than a promotional opportunity for two non-profit organizations to get a little more exposure.

This is a calling. 

A calling to break down the walls of separate yoga studios all over town. A calling to live our yoga on and off our mats by coming together - uniting - as a community. 

This event allows us the opportunity to practice various styles of yoga without the literal separation of individual studio spaces. Where the instructors humbly and gladly share the stage to co-lead sessions together. It is a chance for the urban/suburban yogi to reach further than the borders of our neighborhood and into local and worldwide communities we've perhaps never seen before.

We can share the gift of yoga - the gift of breath, of movement, of vitality and holistic health, of strength and confidence, of meditation and stillness of the mind. We as a Nashville community have the chance to experience all of those things each time we practice our yoga, and to share that with those who may not normally have access to or awareness of yoga is a powerful thing. It is a calling. 

Let's go, Nashville. Show up & unroll your mat. Let's spread the love, the gift of yoga to both our local communities through Small World Yoga, as well as worldwide with Africa Yoga Project

 

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Your involvement in the local and worldwide yoga community doesn't have to be a one-day event. Join us in taking our yoga off our mats and into the WORLD! Visit Small World Yoga and Africa Yoga Project's websites to learn more.