The festival brings together close to 400 Yoga enthusiasts from as far as Australia, Canada, India, USA, United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan.
According to the event’s coordinator, Monika Fauth, the event is being hosted in Lamu for the sixth time.
”We have cordial working relations with the County Government that has ensured all logistics are in place for the huge number of visitors coming for the annual festivals,” she said.
Monika said the festival is gaining momentum in the country especially at the coast region.
”Lamu Island with its tropical climate, excellent variety in accommodation to fit ones budget, miles of empty beaches and car free sandy roads, it is the ideal destination to relax and leave behind life’s stressfulness,” she said.
Lamu County Chief Officer for Tourism, Atwaa Salim noted that prior to the event, flights to the Manda Airport were full an indication that the festival is gaining popularity each year.
”The whole of Shela village is now heavily inhabited by Yoga enthusiasts who have taken up accommodation in all the available hotels, guests houses and home stays. There are those who are residing in Lamu town and Manda island,” Atwaa said.
This year, there are over 25 teachers, 150 yoga classes, meditations and workshops in Shela, Lamu town and Manda Island.
”Enthusiasts are experiencing many different styles of yoga from wonderful teachers, including Areal yoga and early bird yoga on the magnificent Shela beach. Get a taste of the Swahili culture and join the Swahili Dinner, Sunset Dhow Sail and final Dinner & Celebrations,” she said.