Dallas YogaFest Nourished My Heart

Dallas YogaFest Nourished My Heart

Testimonial by Srividya Shivkumar, Frisco

People in DFW metroplex and its suburbs woke up to an early-morning call to celebrate the first Dallas YogaFest hosted by JKYog on Saturday 18 June with much enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see scores of people take this most important decision to take care of their physical, mental, and spiritual health. The venue that day was transformed into a magnificent oasis for rest, retreat, renewal, practice, and healing. It was especially heartening to see hundreds of people showing up as early as 7 a.m. and ready to get started. People from all walks of life performed postures of the ancient discipline.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014 and JKYog decided to have a celebration honoring this day by having numerous yoga and mediation sessions, coupled with holistic and natural health seminars starting from 7 a.m. up until 8 p.m. The event was held at Comfort Inn & Suites, Plano. To maximize the experience for the participants and to accommodate people in every level of physical, mental and spiritual health, there were more than twelve yoga sessions targeting a range of people from specialized kids’ sessions, to sessions for senior citizens to yoga for the back and yoga for kids with special needs. There were also numerous Pranayam and mediation sessions as well as holistic and natural health seminars with highly accomplished doctors speaking on a variety of topics. To accommodate all these sessions, JKYog had booked three huge rooms within the hotel and another room comprising of over 11,000 sq ft for market place and expo where dozens of unique holistic health vendors had set up their booths. Here the participants were treated to a variety of wonderful experiences ranging from massages to healthy and natural food offerings to different meditation techniques to natural Ayurveda skin care range to beautiful ethnic outfits and jewelry from Mystical India. There was also a musical corner with the youth treating the guests to beautiful, soothing music from instruments ranging from the harp, to the keyboard to violin and viola. All in all the participants felt blissful, peaceful, nurtured, and content. The market place was an unexpected fun experience.

Come 3.45 p.m., it was time for the keynote address that everyone had been waiting for, from our beloved Swami Mukundananda. His topic that day was Good Health through Yoga, Meditation, and Spirituality. Swamiji in his unique approach seamlessly interwove the connection between mind, body, and soul and the need to look at the term health as an amalgamation of all three and as always inspired us with his words. He took us through the journey of the pancha koshas, starting from the gross anamaya kosha to the subtle anandamaya kosha, and how by taking optimal care of the five koshas, optimal health can be achieved. Through witty yet hard-hitting examples, he explained placebo and nocebo effect on the physical health of an individual, and drove home the point of the effects of one’s thoughts on one’s physical health.

All in all the Dallas YogaFest has nourished my heart with the undercurrent of love. The synchronicity that I felt through out the day reinforced that I was meant to be there. It was a Yogi-tastic day and very hard to believe that this was the very first year of Dallas YogaFest organized by JKYog. Almost every attendee marveled at the organized and well-fashioned way the event was carried out. The volunteers did an amazing job to ensure a flawless execution of a program of such magnitude. They provided a beautiful, caring environment that allowed for holistic learning, personal exploration, and of course restoration, meditation, and heart opening with lots of fun and some laughter.  It was a wonderful fest for men and women, children and youth, old and young, simply anyone looking for tips and practice to improve the quality of their life and relationship with oneself and others.

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