For Immediate Release
Roots, Rhythm, and Soul
First such gathering at Omega to focus on unique benefits of yoga for the black community
RHINEBECK, NY – Yoga holds tremendous potential for the issues of health, race and the politics of being black in America. These and other questions will be discussed as a call to action goes out for black people to gather for healing and renewal of the body, mind and spirit. The weekend of September 21-23 will be filled with learning about the African roots of Kemetic yoga as well as drumming, dancing and sharing of stories.
“The healing, regenerating power of yoga is something we in the black community should more fully embrace,” said Yirser Ra Hotep, founder of the Society of Kemetic Yoga. “Philosophically, yoga teaches that all obstacles can be overcome as long as your internal balance is maintained. This conference could be the beginning of a unique movement.”
Throughout the weekend, black yoga teachers will guide participants to discover the benefits of yoga for themselves and the community. Together they will examine the current health challenges brought on by stress, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes and how yoga can help in recovery and spur lifestyle changes.
“We are looking forward to this amazing gathering on the campus of the Omega Institute,” said Carla Goldstein, Director of External Affairs at the Omega. “Throughout our history, people have come here to find a new way of approaching life through discussion, spiritual renewal and community. We believe Roots, Rhythm and Soul will prove to be such an event,” concluded Goldstein.
The weekend will be guided by the top black yoga professionals in the country. Ra Hotep will teach about the Kemetic yoga tradition; Maya Bruer will explore yoga philosophy; Abigail “Ifatola” Jefferson will lead inspiring African drumming and dancing; Jana Long will examine the yoga of Sankofa; and Swami Dinndayal N. Morgan will teach the yoga of martial arts.
Teachers, students, and those who have never done yoga are all invited to this inspirational and joyful retreat to reconnect with their roots, rhythm, and soul. To register, please call 800.944.1001 or visit www.eomega.org
About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 20,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at exceptional locations around the world.
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