We are getting so excited for the 1st Annual Caribbean Yoga Conference, going down in Jamaica February 2nd – 5th!
Below you will find the latest news and updates from the CYC team:
Caribbean Yoga Conference Team Visits Jamaica to Announce Scholarship Program for 2012 Event
The team from the Caribbean Yoga Conference, scheduled for February 2-5, 2012 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, recently visited the island to spread the word about the event and meet with local studios and community partners.
Conference founder Kimberly Moon taught free 90-minute classes at three yoga studios in Kingston including Shakti Mind, Body & Fitness, Yoga Angels and AFYA. These classes were open to the community and provided the CYC team and respective studios to share their love of the practice.
In addition to spreading the word about the conference, the CYC team’s main mission was to announce the launch of The Shakti Love Scholarship. A unique element to this conference is the outreach to the community, and country, where the conference is being hosted. In partnership with Shakti Mind Body Fitness in Kingston, Jamaica, The Shakti Love Scholarship will invite Jamaican youth councilors, social workers, and teachers to bring their passion, knowledge and curiosity to the conference at absolutely no cost. In addition to their own restorative R&R, each scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to learn to yoga-related skills to bring back to their professional lives from some of the world’s most beloved yoga teachers.
“It was important to me that we give back to each of the Caribbean communities we visit. My primary vision is to help the exisiting yoga community of each island spread and expand it’s reach,” says Moon.
The team visited three organizations to announce their scholarship initiative. ROKTOWA, an arts-based urban initiative program located in downtown Kingston; Mary’s Child, a home for pregnant teens in Kingston; and the SOS Children’s Villages, a private, non-political and non–denominational orphanage for youth ages 2-22 in Montego Bay.
The conference will deliver a strong sense of giving back to the community and making a difference in the world we live in. A “Karma Korner” will be setup throughout the conference for participants to learn about different ways to spread good karma in everyday actions. In addition, an off-site karma yoga workshop will be held at The SOS Children’s Village in Montego Bay on Saturday, February 4, 2012, giving participants an opportunity to get involved right away.
“A lot of yoga conferences are sitting on a mat, learning and practicing. I want to honor the practice on the mat, but give participants a chance to take immediate action beyond their mat,” Moon says of the importance of the conference’s off-site karma workshop.