Rasa-Lila Festival in Florida, USA

A Rasa-Lila Festival is being held in Odessa in Florida (USA) on March 30 & 31, 2012. With tagline of “Play, Dance, Love”; this Rasa-Lila Fest, “a community yoga festival”, is described as “a full day and night of yoga & meditation”, which includes sound healers, music, holistic workshops, Paddle Boarding Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Kirtan, Mindfulness Meditation, Hypno Yoga, Fire Flow Yoga, etc.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, lauded the efforts of Rasa-Lila Fest organizers for celebrating yoga, a world heritage and liberation powerhouse introduced and nourished by Hinduism but meant to be utilized by all.

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.

“Rasa Lila”, described in Bhagvat Puran, is Lord Krishan’s dance with gopis, which personifies the individual’s relationship with God. Nathan Bangs is founder of Rasa-Lila Fest Group.

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.

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