SpiritFest 2014 Review by Karin Liebenberg

spirit fest 2The sun saluted this weekend with love and light over Mountain Shadows, and as this guesthouse’s name implies, is a breathtakingly sublime venue closely embraced by Paarl’s mountains. An estimated 350 yogis and their kids came together to share a beautiful experience with an attitude-free collective consciousness.

This could be one of the few Cape Town festivals where the only spirits you will encounter are the high spirits of enthusiasm of those around you (alcohol and other substances strictly forbidden!).

About the Festival
Spirit Fest is a 48 hour event, which runs from a Friday at 3pm until 3pm on Sunday. To get the full of experience, its probably best to camp over, or alternatively stay at the Mountain Shadows guesthouse or a lodging nearby – this way you can roll straight out of bed and be present for a 5am Sadhana!

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Celebrating Jaya

Joan Venkat cropWe celebrate the life and contribution to yoga Jaya made in South Africa.

Jaya anchored the roots of yoga in South Africa. Together with her guru, Swami Venkatesananda, (great friend and contemporary of Yogiraj Mani Finger) and Mani Finger’s student Roma Blair who formed the Australian IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association) Jaya formed and chaired the South African IYTA. She organised the first SA Yoga Congress in then independent Lesotho (6-13 March 1978) with Swami Venkatesananda as patron and special guests Yogacharya BKS Iyengar from India, Dr Oki plus six of his teachers from Japan and Ann Sharpen IYTA president from Australia, all harmoniously sharing their particular style of yoga. She continued to teach yoga in Cape Town, participating in the workshop held in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden last year, at age 98. Maybe she was one of the oldest practicing yogini world wide.

A memorial will be held on Friday at the Sufi Temple:

183 Campground Road Newlands 7700 Tel: 021 671 8807

Tribute from her loving friend (and my yoga teacher) Glenn Ross Hudson