Over the last 3 years Yoga festivals have become all the rage within the Yoga world! Years ago, students went for yoga classes – and then when they developed enough of an interest they went for Yoga retreats. These were quiet affairs at Ashrams and later at exotic, beautiful locales around the world – from Hawaii to Greece and Thailand! Slowly though, Yoga was inching itself up the mainstream ladder and Yoga teachers were becoming accomplished celebrities within the firmament of the New-age, Alternative lifestyle. We hit a tipping point when there was enough momentum for Summer Solstice Yoga to happen at Times Square, NY! And then the first Yoga festivals started blossoming. Wanderlust introduced us to the idea of a full-blown YOGA+MUSIC festival atmosphere! Wherein we didn’t necessarily come to ponder on and ruminate life’s mysteries; but to unabashedly celebrate everything that YOGA and alternative living stood for! From being a solitary practice, the West transformed Yoga into a celebratory, community experience that exuded full-on Energy! And so now, that celebration visits the shores that got the ball rolling in the first place – INDIA!
ZAMBHALA is definitely an initiative that’s been meaning to happen. We often joke that urban, upwardly mobile Indians really started taking yoga seriously when they discovered in 1999 that Madonna does Yoga! Till then only their grannies did it! And my word, have we come a long way in the last 14 years. The Yoga landscape has changed from being something that a Baba-ji or Guru-ji taught your family to something you can learn from your neighbour’s track-pant clad daughter! We’ve seen an explosion of Yoga teachers in India. To a large extent, Bollywood embracing Yoga has helped redefine our […]