Welcome to the first issue of Rocket City Yoga Week magazine: YOGA WHERE YOU ARE! Many years ago, I stumbled upon photos of a large weeklong yoga event in our nation’s capital and I was immediately intrigued. Thousands of yoga mats and downward dogs colored the lawns under the monuments! Right then and there, an idea took hold that stayed with me day and night: Could I possibly create a yoga week here? Would I be able to find venues to partner with? Would area yoga teachers see the value? Would the community support the events? This would be the biggest gig I’d ever pulled off - could I do it? Our city is not the size of Washington, D.C., and we don’t have monuments, but...
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WE HAVE ROCKETS! It would take another 3 years before I would have the courage and bandwidth to bring my idea to fruition. The first Rocket City Yoga Week launched in June 2013 and it was a huge success: 12 teachers came together to offer 25 events, and over 700 attendees joined us on the mat. Travel forward to now and I’ve now organized 4 years of Rocket City Yoga Week!
Each year, up to 30 talented yoga teachers volunteer to offer 70-80 incredible events, and our attendance totals over 2200 for the week! This year, we partnered with Connected Warriors, a 501(c)3 that serves our nation’s veterans, active-duty soldiers, and their families, with trauma-conscious yoga at no charge, and through yoga teacher training programs. We raised thousands of dollars for them! We’ve also expanded yoga week to include this magazine! We’ve filled this issue with ideas, recipes, thoughts, wisdom, healing, and humor. Our hope is you will continue practicing the remaining 51 weeks of the year! Yoga where you are!
~Mitzi Connell, Founder & Editor
YOGA WHERE YOU ARE