Over 700 people, gathered in ominous weather, to experience the biggest yoga class in Africa held in Cape Town on November 20, 2010. The aim was to allow people to experience the unity achieved through yoga.The event was at the Art of Living Festival in Maynardville Park.
The atmosphere was charged with the sound of Om as the sun broke through the clouds, lighting up people’s faces through the drizzle. As the rain got heavier, Sri Sriyoga teacher GerlindeVassen suggested people stop the class to get under cover, but the participants unanimously demonstrated what the Art of Living imparts: to accept the situation as it is, and stayed put!
People from suburbs all around Cape Town attended with their children. From the downward dog to warrior poses, a range of dynamicasanas were taught.
Yoga teachers came with entire classes, and curious tourists came to make history in Africa! Copenhagen goodwill ambassador,Laura LykkegaardSelander said, “My family had a fantastic time, I hope you do it again!”
The Art of Living Festival was held to celebrate cultural diversity, health and happiness. There were over 60 market stalls, including several vegetarian stalls serving cuisines. Kids had their faces painted and got to meet their favorite character, Barney, while the parents took part in the yoga, had a massage or wandered through the stalls.
A diverse line up of bands and other live entertainment such as the Generations for Change dance group kept the festive atmosphere vibrant, despite the weather. People from all walks of life attended the festival, showing Cape Town that we really all do belong to a One World Family.