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Third Floyd Yoga Jam a Complete Success!

Yoga enthusiasts from the entire East Coast reunited for the Third Annual Floyd Yoga Jam, the three day outdoor yoga and music festival, located in Indian Valley. Over 2100 attendees spent a relaxing weekend and were treated to an eclectic mix of local and world music after days filled with yoga classes, workshops, lectures and nature walks! “The Dancin’ Dakinis and the YOJam team have out done themselves this year!” said Jenifer Mahanes, a yogini and massage therapist from Asheville, NC. “The Art Village, fantastic food court, world class yoga, music and that yummy cider? I love it all!” Jenifer is referring to a new component to the festival, an area dedicated to the creation of art during the festival. Hosted by local artists, Lore Dieghan and Leia Jones, the YOJam Art Village was full of creativity the entire weekend. The Village offered fairy house building workshops, art classes by Katherine Devine, poetry workshops and interactive community art projects. Attendees created their own “prayer flag square”, a piece of fabric decorated with a personal wish, prayer or picture which were tied together and strung through the trees like Tibetan prayer flags. “The meadow designated as ‘Blissland’ is our home to daily yoga and meditation practice,” said Shirleyann Burgess, one half of the Dancin’ Dakinis production company. The large, colorful tents in Blissland overflowed with enthusiasts who had gathered to experience vipasana, awareness and chakra meditations. Yoga 101 and Yoga for Dudes classes were filled with beginners and those curious or new to yoga. Hundreds attended all-level classes with live music offered by MC Yogi, DJ Drez, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band and nationally known yoga teachers Cindy Lee, Katie Silcox and Dr. Saraswati. Many styles of yoga were represented; Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Ashstanga, Yin, Flow as well as Partner, Slackline and Acro Yoga. Also new this year, water lovers were treated to kayak trips on the Little River. Trips were organized, led and shuttled by Floyd local, Daniel Sowers of On the Water. Those not ready to rough it, rented Glamour Camping packages in the Glamping Village. ‘Glampers’ arrived to find their canvas tent set up and waiting for them, with a real bed, comfy bedding, lights, table

and chairs. Super cushy and big enough for a family, these units sold out and more are planned for next year! The large, Reserved Riviera creek-side camping slots were filled with groups of young families. “When people work and play hard, they want to eat well after. We strive to offer the best, freshest, local food options at the Yoga Jam Food Court,” said Laura Polant, the other half of this dynamic Dancin’ Dakini duo. Authentic Thai food, local pulled pork, root-beer floats, vegan donuts, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free choices, smoothies and raw foods were available to satisfy any taste buds. AFD, a new food truck company, delighted meat eaters with their delectable pork creations and Thai This, kept the crowd happy with spring rolls and spicy green curry dishes. Libations were provided by Floyd’s own, Red Rooster Coffee, Buffalo Mountain Kombucha, Foggy Ridge Cider and Salem’s Parkway Brewery. The Floyd Yoga Jam main stage rocked with a spectacular Friday show lineup and light show. Bob Sima’s acoustical guitar inspired and delighted the crowd. Rama & the Jais’ rockin kirtan got the crowds singing. Dirk Quinn, Lobo Marino and the Ragbirds had the crowd ready to dance for Nahko Bear & Medicine for the People. Saturday night’s musical offerings began with the local Deer Run Drifters, and were followed by kirtan masters New Orleans based Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band and Luna Ray, from Asheville, NC. The pinnacle of this years’ YOJam event, was an incredible performance by MC Yogi and DJ Drez. Twin disco balls lit the late night stage with a hip hop dance party of spiritually uplifting lyrics and energetic beats. See you all in 2015, as we keep building our bridge of peace. The Floyd Yoga Jam is held every Labor Day Weekend in Indian Valley, Virginia in Floyd County. Visit: for more information and Early Bird tickets on sale in November for holiday gift giving. Contact: Dancin Dakinis Inc. • Producers of the Floyd Yoga Jam • • 540.745.5483

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...