From a very young age I knew I was different. However I hid my differences because like most of us, we want to fit in and be liked. Unfortunately I spent the greater part of my life trying to "fit in".
I had tried yoga in the past but found it was slow, repetitive and boring. It just didn't resonate with me. Then one memorable evening I attended a yoga class where they began the class with chanting mantra. I had never done that before and it felt quite foreign but somehow felt so deep in my soul familiar. I remember looking around and I started crying, I was among like-minded individuals such as myself. I was finally home.
As I started to explore yoga, I looked around and I didn't see very many people that looked like me. I noticed that not only did I look different but my body moved differently. After becoming a yoga teacher, students shared with me that they did not feel welcome in the traditional yoga class and much of yoga's concepts were misunderstood. I felt it was my duty to create this festival as a safe space to introduce people to yoga and to help establish the foundation for a lifelong practice and greater well-being. Namaste
Our first annual Soul Long Beach Yoga Festival held February 22, 2020 brought over 300 people to the center of Long Beach to sample a variety of yoga classes, buy life affirming products, eat healthy, edifying foods and experience several healing modalities. This year, due to COVID19, the second annual festival will be virtual. Although seeing everyone in person is exciting, maintaining a safe and healthy community is more important. We look forward to sharing space with you as like-minded souls connecting through the practice of yoga. Namaste