Manchester, the cotton capital of erstwhile British empire, will host UK’s largest International Yoga Festival on June 16 & 17, 2017. The two day event, organised by Go Live, will bring top Yoga guru Swami Jyothirmayah; Michelin star chef Alfred Prasad to the venue at MediaCityUK, Salford….reports Rahul Laud for Asian Lite News

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HOLISTIC: International Festival Of Yoga will be a two day celebration of everything that encompasses holistic living. HOLISTIC will take place at MediaCityUK on The Piazza and in The Studios on Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June.  The event, which will run from 4 pm on Friday 16 June to 3 pm on Saturday 17 June, will promote the spirit of holistic approach for the Mind – to quiet and focus; Body – to cleanse and nourish and Spirit – to renew and awaken.

The festival has been planned in Manchester to coincide with the week of the International Day of Yoga on 21 June (the longest day and summer solstice). The day itself is built on a vision shared by the Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, adopted by the UN and celebrated in more than 192 nations worldwide.

The event will be divided into three areas REUNITE, REJOICE AND REFLECT and will bring together artists, musicians, coaches, yoga gurus and chefs to reflect upon practice, music, food, healing and living the HOLISTIC way.

The focal point of the weekend will be REUNITE which will feature two mass outdoor yoga flow classes which will bring together 800 yogis to practice on the piazza at Media City UK. The classes will be lead by internationally renowned yoga gurus from an ex Bollywood star to a Chinese opera singer.

Internationally renowned India’s top yoga guru Swami Jyothirmayah  will represent the Art of Living Foundation , former Bollywood actor turned yoga expert  Bijay Anand and Yoga specialist and teacher Wayne Yeh from China will conduct specialised sessions in the REUNITE practice area.

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Swami Jyothirmaya

Another feather in the Holisitic Manchester cap will be the the presence of Michelin Star chef Alfred Prasad  who will talk and demonstrate and offer tips on Holistic diet. Chef Alfred is the ambassador of Akshay Patra will be the event’s Charity Partner will  show the audience how to combine Michelin cooking with a holistic lifestyle.

The chef is widely credited with elevating the reputation of British Indian food with his delicate treatment of fresh, seasonal produce. He held a Michelin star at Tamarind in Mayfair for 13 years.

Swami Jyothirmayah is a highly regarded international teacher and lecturer on yoga and meditation from India. His popularity is such that he travels across the world to packed audiences sharing this knowledge and wisdom. He is a living example of how to be successful, stress free and happy through the power of yoga and mediation, and many are attracted to his practical wisdom, simplicity and charm.

 by . Kundalini Yoga teacher, actor and writer Bijay Anand was a successful Bollywood actor before he turned his back on the screen to focus on spiritualism. Bijay has a holistic approach to health, as well as to the elusive word “Happiness”. The principle philosophy behind Bijay’s teachings is love and its connection with the fourth chakra in our body called the Anāhata Chakra. Intertwined with his philosophy of love is the emphasis on a pure, organic and natural way of life.

Wayne Yeh is a Taiwanese Kiwi Yogi and a follower of Sri Sri. He received his training in Hong Kong, Montreal, India and Germany, has shared his yoga and mindfulness all over the world.The Friday evening class will be two hours and the Saturday morning class will be three hours long. The Friday class will be one long flow whereas the Saturday class will be a series of 40 minute classes which yogis can dip in and out of.

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Swami Jyothirmaya

REJOICE will offer visitors to the event the time to relax and enjoy a market place offering organic, yogic, holistic food and products.

REFLECT will be the opportunity for visitors to attend coaching and more in-depth smaller sessions with the gurus and some specially selected coaches from across the world including Wayne Yeh and Lana O’Farrell.

Lana O’Farrell is a holistic therapist. Lana is a regular speaker at wellness and mind, body, spirit events in Ireland and abroad. She is the author of the book’ How to Mind your Energy Body’.

Holistic rejoice will feature musicians, an open mic for our gurus & learners alike, dance & laughter yoga pop-ups and a musical concert featuring Colorado Mantra rock band and Katie Wise & The Bhakti Explosion who are guaranteed to soothe your soul and uplift your spirit.

Along with singer, composer and producer Shammi Pithia whose album, COSMIC charted No.1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and India’s favorite alternative soul artist Geetu Unplugged who believes music should be a celebration of life and has been traveling and performing since 2009.

Rejoice will also feature pop-up juice bars, organic food stalls, chef demos, vegan diets and delights.

Chef Alfred Prasad

HOLISTIC is created and managed by Media City UK based events company Go Live Global. Mayur Mirwani, director of GO LIVE said; “We believe that HOLISTIC will be the largest celebration of Yoga in Manchester yet. Our aim is to bring together a congregation of leading thinkers of the world from India, Europe, Asia and the US here in MediaCity UK.

“The time on the mat will offer yogis the ultimate opportunity to enjoy yoga with 799 other people whilst focusing inwards on their own practice. Plus visitors can explore our market and tap into our programme of classes inviting them to be curious about who they are.”

Mayur informs that the event has the Art of Living Foundation , VOICE,  HSS  as cultural partners. 

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