Peace, Love, and Yoga

by Meghann on September 10, 2011

Once again, Rasa-Lila Fest reminded me why I love yoga.

It isn’t always about what yoga does for my body or my mind (though those are two major pluses!), but it’s also about the amazing community that develops around it. It’s the community that doesn’t judge you when you’ve fallen out of a pose, they don’t care if you spend the majority of practice in child’s pose, and one that encourages love and laughter. I <3 these guys!

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I had the pleasure of spending the day with Katy, Carolina, and Victoria at the Orlando Rasa-Lila Fest. I had attended the Tampa Rasa-Lila Fest back in April and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into another full day of yoga. I began my yoga journey in Orlando, so it felt good to get back to my roots and see a few familiar faces in the yoga community. :)

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With a 50% chance of rain, we lucked out with nothing, but blue skies for the outdoor event. The festival took place in a beautiful park in Windmere and had two yoga stages, a mediation center, paddle boards, and a vendor village set up. There was a yoga class every hour, on the hour, and it toggled between the two stages.

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We started the day with the group Salutation Nation practice led by teachers from three separate studios. I liked how the three different studios came together to lead the class in unity, it really spoke to the overall message of Salutation Nation, where the goal is to have the whole world come together and practice yoga at the exact same time.

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The Salutation Nation practice was the first of three classes I attended throughout the day. Each class was led by a different teacher and each practice had it’s own, unique flow to it. It was really refreshing to change up the classes, but by the third one my arms and legs were burning.

Child’s pose was welcomed and encouraged. ;)

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The best part of the day was practicing with my old teacher, Kelly. I gave her a big hug and told her how much I miss practicing at Orlando Power Yoga. She needs to open a Tampa Power Yoga stat!

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You really don’t know someone until you practice yoga with them.

For instance: I didn’t know how flexible Carolina is

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How hardcore Katy is

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Or how hilarious Victoria is

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They probably learned how much I love doing handstands…

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… and my secret that I can really only hold that pose for .5 seconds before falling down. ;)

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See my shirt?

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It was a sample FiveBamboo had sent me when we were in the middle of designing the Healthy Living Summit shirts. It’s blue, it’s comfy, and I really love the cut – which is why I ultimately chose the scoop neck design.

Randomly, Katy and I were discussing FiveBamboo – and the Healthy Living Summit shirts – when I saw a guy in the distance wearing one. At first I thought I was seeing things (what guy in Orlando has a HLS shirt?), then I recognized the face.

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Everyone say, ‘Hi Mark!!.’

Mark works with Drink Chia – one of our amazing HLS sponsors and one of the sponsors at Rasa Lila Fest this year. Small world, right?

I haven’t seen the Drink Chia team since HLS, so it was fun to catch up.

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I also sampled the Pear Drink Chia. It was good, but strawberry is still my favorite. :)

Speaking of sponsors, I also tracked down my friends at Mix1 in attendance.

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I was both hungry and thirsty, so when Danielle handed me the acai-pomegrante flavor to try, I immediately chugged it. However, I would not suggest doing yoga on a full stomach of Mix1 – there were a couple of times where it felt like I was *this close* to twisting and turning the shake right out of my system.

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Besides the wonderful folks at Drink Chia and Mix1, the vendor village was made up mostly of various yoga studios and – as my Dad likes to call it – other ‘hippie’ places around Orlando.

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We took our time going from booth to booth – spinning wheels or entering raffles for free yoga classes, massages, and yoga gear. There was even one for a bikini wax that I wanted (1 month until my cruise), but I didn’t win. :(

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The Thai-Yoga Bodywork booth immediately caught mine and Katy’s attention.

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We saw two guys twisting, stretching, and pulling individuals and knew we had to try it for ourselves.

The guys consulted what we needed to work on.

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Then, immediately got to work.

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Basically, it was the best stretch/ massage I’ve ever had. The guy (I wish I remembered his name!) twisted my body in ways that hurt so bad, that it felt good. He really worked on my IT band, then cracked my back by simultaneously picking me up from the side and kneeing my back. It was only 15 minutes, but those 15 minutes made all the difference in the world. The team is based in Tampa, I may need to track them down after my HIM in a couple of weeks!

My food was kind of random through the day. Instead of having a solid lunch, I sort of snacked myself through the event.

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I also discovered a food truck that will make a few bloggers swoon.

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Yep – Frozen Banana Soft Serve. If I ate bananas I would have been all over this. ;)

I lasted at Rasa Lila-Fest until 3:00 – when the clouds started rolling in – I knew it was time to go.

Overall, I LOVED the festival. The yoga was good, the location good, and the people were great. I would come back next year in a heart beat.

Thank you Rasa-Lila Fest for another AWESOME event!

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Namaste. :)

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