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Soul Yoga Fest at Hope Gardens

Published:Monday | January 21, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Yoga, food for the soul, taught from the traditional African perspective will be offered free of cost tomorrow between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. at the Hope Zoo sunken Gardens, St Andrew.

"Participants will learn the traditional african system of Kemetic Yoga," said certified yoga instructor Latoya Thomas-Bridgewater, adding that the event is open to the whole family, regardless of age.

The event to which your only requirement is a yoga mat or a towel to substitute, is sponsored by YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga USA, consisting of a team of certified Kemetic Yoga instructors.

Organiser Thomas-Bridgewater, told Flair that her goal is to share with the people of Jamaica this unique system of Kemetic Yoga.

"We also want to demystify the practice of yoga and demonstrate its benefit as a practice for improving physical and mental health and developing fitness," she stated.

The event is the culmination of the biannual Yoga Skills School of Kemetic Yoga Teacher Training and Certification that is currently under way in Montego Bay.

"People who practise yoga report that they have seen improvements in various aspects of their life as it relates to high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive disorders, and it is said to reduce the possibility of heart attack and stroke.

"The gentle movements of Kemetic Yoga are designed to align the spine, relieve tension from the neck and back, improve blood circulation and help all the organs of the body to function better. Kemetic Yoga is not a religion but a method of how to become healthy and create a better life," Thomas-Bridgewater explained.

Soul Yoga Fest is the brainchild of Yirser Ra Hotep-Lawrence, whose father immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Master Instructor Yirser Ra Hotep Lawrence has taught yoga for over 35 years and is the founder of the Society of Kemetic Yoga which now has chapters in Jamaica, the United States, Africa and throughout the Caribbean.