Last weekend approximately 180 yogis, 19 vendors, 25 presenters, various yoga studio owners, artists, and body-workers, took over the 4th floor of the UVM UVM Davis Center. The result was a weekend full of yoga, community, healing and fun.
Friday, May 3rd, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, VT with a purifying Ayurvedic fire ceremony, JourneyDance, and chanting. Saturday in Burlington we explored the five elements through yoga and explored our connection to the Earth with Russell and Gillian Comstock of Metta Earth Institute. Yogis on Saturday took classes ranging from YogaDance to Postural Balance and Awareness, Restorative to Jivamukti, Dharma Yoga’s Master Practice to Yoga for Better Sex, iRest to Yoga for Runners, Kid’s Yoga to kirtan, Yoga of Subtle Bandhas, an Ayurvedic cooking class and much more.
On Sunday students explored a physical movement inquiry that presented teachings of the yamas via Metta Earth Institute. Students explored classes like Kriya Yoga, got outdoors with Yoga and Cycling, partnered up with Partner Yoga and Acro Yoga, learned ways to be comfortably still and present through a Modern Mindfulness workshop, unwound through a spring detox Prana Flow and Yoga Dance for Liberation, enjoyed Blissful Hip Opening and Yoga for a Bendy Back, Yoga of Revolution, Yoga for Women, Ashtanga, Yoga and Music, Mythological Story Telling, Spanda Shakti Flow, and much more.
The BYC Silent Auction raised $420 for VNRC and $420 for BYC. Our food drive created a donation of approx. 40 pounds of food to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
Burlington Yoga Conference pays special thanks to Kalpana Reddy and Wholistic Care (Malone, NY), and Sage Plakosh, for support year after year that helps make BYC possible. Thank you as well to our other partners and friends: Designs by Jake, evolution yoga & PT, Laughing River Yoga, Honest Yoga, Naada Yoga, re:source yoga, Working Well VT, Hot Yoga Burlington, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Isha Foundation, cnow.tv, The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, All Souls Interfaith Gathering Center, My Yoga Online, Call + Response Foundation, Mountain Kid’s Yoga, Dobra Tea, Heartfire Henna, Singletrack Mindfulness, Karen Henderson (flag-making), Metta Earth Institute, Seven Days, Shem Roose Photography, Max Landerman Photography, Dominique Dodge (harp), Yogi P and the Funky Shanti, and Yoganonymous.
BYC thanks you, our guests, for joining us. Please tell us about you experience. Take a survey now. Thank you to our awesome BYC interns Catherine and Dania, our excellent volunteers and staff, to the mindful marketplace vendors, talented body workers, and the helpful, friendly Davis Center staff.
BYC sincerely thanks our teachers (from all BYC and Liberate events to date), and thanks our teachers’ teachers.
Until we meet again, blessings.
Jane and Ben