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Yoga reggae festival unite and encompass a fusion of live reggae music with yoga and a range of spiritual disciplines that focus on meditation, health, relaxation and the peaceful art of living. Studies show the practice of yoga—which combines stretching and other exercises with deep breathing and meditation—can improve overall physical fitness, strength, flexibility and lung capacity, while reducing heart rate, blood pressure and back pain. Last week it was all about the first annual yoga festival in Washington DC.
The day long event was filled with live musical performances from the legendary reggae band Third World, as well as from several local artists, including Zedicus & Abyssinia Roots, Dejazmatch Kwasi and Bomani Armah. At the same time, yoga instructors Faith Hunter, HawaH, Nichele Vaughan and others, led yogis through poses, movements and workouts that coincide with the music. “Yoga is a way of life, and reggae is the voice of Rastafarian, which is also a way of life,” says the festival’s co-founder Kings. “This is a fusion of yoga and reggae.”