Planning a festival is a bit like birthing a Hydra. It starts as this cute little seven-headed reptile and as you begin to shift the program and fine tune your plans, you suddenly have 56 heads staring you down. I am sure we would all agree that there was a certain naivete at work when we conceived the idea of Maine YogaFest but much of its growth couldn't have been anticipated. There were no statistics on the size of the yoga community in Maine for us to reference. We know lots of people that do yoga and Maine seems to have numerous yoga studios relative to its population size but we wondered are we big enough, strong enough to host our very own festival? We have now met with enough studios and teachers to feel confident that the answer is a resounding "yes" but in many ways MYF will be a great experiment for yoga in Maine. Yoga means different things to each of us and regardless of what style or where we practice can we come together as one community? In the traditional sense, yoga means "yoke", union, connection. This is what inspired us to take on a monster with limitless heads. Imagine the force behind us if we move together as one. Imagine the service we could provide to each other and our community. In many ways, yoga in Maine is still in its infancy and the growth we are witnessing is us learning to crawl. As in our practice, each shift brings to light another layer of complexity or another head sprouts from the Hydra. And, maybe as our perceptions shift, we will begin to see the beast as not a serpent with seven heads but instead seven heads that share one body.
"Yoga is the bringing together of that which was never separate." ~ Richard Miller