An elaborate “Hanuman Festival” of yoga and music will be held at Boulder (Colorado, USA) from June 8 to 10 in 2012. “VIP Pass” for this “three-day celebration of yoga, music and community” costs $1,099 and it claims to offer “world-class yoga instructors, mind-blowing music, inspirational experiences and a nourishing community” at the foot of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. “Immerse yourself in body, mind and heart as you relax and rejuvenate, dance and devote, connect and expand, have fun and just be…”, its announcement adds.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, lauded the efforts of Hanuman Festival organizers for spreading awareness about Lord Hanuman, greatly revered by Hindus; and celebrating yoga, a world heritage and liberation powerhouse introduced and nourished by Hinduism but meant to be utilized by all.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged the organizers to use part of the revenues from the Festival to raise a Lord Hanuman Temple in Boulder. Son of wind-god, Hanuman, besides incredible strength and changing shape at will and flying, was believed to be a perfect grammarian, great scholar and excelled in all the sciences. According to a legend, even while he was still an infant, he intimidated the sun. According to a belief, all the planets were under his control, Zed explained.
This “community-oriented yoga and music festival” will offer workshops in Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha, Ashtanga and Therapeutic styles of yoga; “creating a holistic yoga experience”. “Yogic, heart centered music” will fill the air by a music line-up which includes “Desert Dwellers”, DJ Drez, White Swan artists, besides kirtan chants of David Newman (Durga Das). This celebratory “Hanuman Festival’s mission is to practice true SEVA, and give to our local and global community”, Festival announcement states.
Rajan Zed asks yoga fans to explore the spiritual dimension of yoga also, because actually yoga is a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (jivatman) unites with universal-soul (parmatman). According to Patanjali, author of the basic text, the Yoga Sutra, yoga is a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical. Yoga is one of the six schools of orthodox Hindu philosophy, take a look at the rest of the five schools also, Zed suggests.
Yoga retreats, some charging as much as $4495, are becoming popular world over. According to a recent research by Bloomberg Rankings, “the potential cost for a woman living in New York to start practicing yoga and to continue for one year” came to $10,779. About 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, are said to practice yoga.