Article by Linda Adams
“NaYoMo” might seem like a word from another language to many people, but to yoga enthusiasts, it’s music to their ears.
For the uninitiated, NaYoMo stands for National Yoga Month, a once-a-year event that celebrates all things yoga and might be the perfect opportunity for newcomers to finally venture into a yoga studio and find out what yoga is all about.
The special month includes participation from yoga practitioners and studios throughout U.S. and Canada. The month-long event features more than 2000 free classes and lectures designed to bring awareness to the mental and physical health benefits of yoga to people who, for some one reason or another, have not had the opportunity to visit a yoga studio and enjoy a lesson.
Regular and veteran yoga practitioners shouldn’t feel left out, however. They will find a number of sessions and discussions that address their more advanced needs and level of expertise.
The celebration of yoga originated with Johannnes Fisslinger who founded the Yoga Health Foundation in Los Angeles. Fisslinger created National Yoga Month to inspire people to join the yoga lifestyle and discover the benefits. Fisslinger’s push for National Yoga Month prompted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to designated the occasion an official health observance in 2008.
In its first year of national observance, National Yoga Month kicked off with a 10-city “Yoga Health Festival” tour that began in Denver and included stops in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Miami and Boston before concluding in Vancouver in October. And along the way, National Yoga Month introduced thousands to yoga philosophy, classes, music, exhibits and entertainment, as well induced a global awareness.
Since that time, National Yoga Month has evolved into a global occasion that brings together hundreds of thousands of instructors and students all over the world. Studios in many of the participating cities offer a free day or even a free week o f yoga, a feature than has resulted in thousands of new students. Among the other National Yoga Month events planned for 2010 are:
Bhkati Fest in Joshua Tree, California, a four-day festival of lectures, workshops and music.~The four-day Bhkati Fest held in Joshua Tree, California, featuring lectures, music and workshops.}
The Global Mala Yoga For Peace Celebration, featuring sunrise salutations, free yoga workshops, lectures and music held in various cities around the world.
Free in-store yoga classes at Lucy yoga clothing stores nationwide.
Evolvefest, a four-day celebration of yoga, music and community in Vernon, New Jersey.
“Energize Tampa Bay”, a daylong celebration of wellness and community featuring yoga demonstrations.
The Evanston Yoga Fest in Evanston, Illinois (just north of Chicago) featuring many of the North Shore’s top yoga studios and a meditation session for peace, compassion and prosperity.
These are but a few of the many National Yoga Month events and celebrations taking place around the nation and world. Check with your local yoga studio for information on the events taking place all month long in your area. Use National Yoga Month to introduce you to the joy and benefits of yoga that can last your whole life.
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Linda Adams really loves all things that have to do with health.
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