Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Saturday | February 16, 2013
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Yoga conference a fantastic experience
Caribbean Yoga Conference participants dancing on opening night of the conference in Montego Bay recently.
Western Bureau:

Yoga fans in western Jamaica got a chance to fully understand and appreciate the physical, mental, and spiritual power of yoga, thanks to the wealth of information that flowed during the Caribbean Yoga Conference, which unfolded in Montego Bay between Thursday, January 31 and February 3.

The conference, which was widely acclaimed by local and international patrons, was the brainchild of Kimberly Moon, founder of Bella Luna Yoga, a consulting firm that assists destinations and resorts in expanding their yoga and wellness programmes. The conference took place at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort, Montego Bay.

The event, which unleashed an exciting programme of activities for all age groups, featured accomplished yoga practitioners and educators among the speakers and facilitators who attended.

"The Caribbean Yoga Conference was successful in accomplishing its goals last year, and we look forward to welcoming even more yogis to the 2013 event," said Jamaica's Director of Tourism John Lynch in welcoming participants to the event. "The conference is a fitting addition to the island's calendar of events and demonstrates the diversity of our health-and-wellness offerings."

Like last year, the organizers of the Caribbean Yoga Conference partnered with the not-for-profit organization Karma Krew, headed by Scott Feinberg and Amy Lombardo, to stage the event, which also had a community outreach component. Participants in the project visited a local orphanage that supports children with HIV and entertained and engaged the youngsters in yoga and other artistic activities.

At the start of the conference, the participants got a taste of Jamaica's rich musical heritage, thanks to a splendid presentation from the First Man (Eddie Wray)-led Rasta Village Live performers, who generated much excitement with their Nyabinghi chanting and drumming, which brought the audience to their feet.

"The ancestors must be smiling at this union of cultures, poetic word, and sounds," said one of the participants as she listened to the drummers. "For me, this will remain a cherished memory."

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