MINDFULNESS: Meditation teacher Lynn Montgomery is preparing for her second Yamba Yoga Festival.
MINDFULNESS: Meditation teacher Lynn Montgomery is preparing for her second Yamba Yoga Festival.

Enjoy peace of yoga at festival

MINDFULNESS is all the craze at the moment, but it has a basis in Buddhism stretching back almost 2600 years according to meditation teacher Lynn Montgomery.

The American-born Sandy Beach resident will be one of the teachers taking part in this year's Yamba Yoga Festival October 13-14 at 78 Angourie Road, Yamba.

The two-day celebration of yoga and mindfulness will feature more than 20 yoga instructors from the local area and beyond.

The event will offer a diverse program of classes allowing participants to embrace a variety of yoga styles aimed at being suitable for beginners to seasoned yoga students of any age.

Lynn, who was at last year's event, will return to teach The Buddha of Breath Awareness and Meditation for Challenge and Change.

"It is a wonderful tool for everybody to learn breath awareness and to create our own sense of calm," Lynn said.

She also teaches techniques to help people cope with change in their lives.

Travelling and living around the globe Lynn has practiced with meditation masters in Asia, North America, Australia and New Zealand. 

Starting out as a student of Zen at Green Gulch Farm in California, for the past 15 years she has practiced Vipassana meditation - attending retreats ranging from 10 days to 5 months. 

Event creator Rosie Richards said there was something for everyone over the two days.

"Start your weekend by experience bliss, peace and deep relaxation with Chichhan and her crystal singing bowls, expand your experience of yoga by trying Japanese Yoga, break for lunch in our delicious cafe and continue your day by signing Matras at our Kirtan Concert and finally find your flow in the Iyengar Yoga class which is focused on support hormonal balance," she said.

"Wow what a day!! and that's only the Saturday.'"

Rosie said the event aimed to also allow people to forge connections within the community.

"The Yoga Festival is about connecting with your local community of like-minded people, awakening to your true potential and expanding your mind, body and spirit," she said.

"It's a festival for nurturing yourself and gives yourself access to activities that aren't always available in our daily lives, honour yourself by participating and soaking up the knowledge that this incredible weekend has to offer."

When: October 13th-14 at 78 Angourie Rd, Yamba. Price: $35 admission for one day. Two-day pass $65. Tickets online or at the door. For more info & tickets, go to yamba.yogafestival.com.

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