The Largest Yoga Event in North America
The Yoga Conference and Show
For Ruth and Neil Dargan the most rewarding aspect of hosting The Yoga Conference and Show (March 21-24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre) is to have an opportunity to present the full spectrum and tradition of yoga in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. As Ruth explains, “The goal of the show is to bring the highest awareness possible for the body of yoga in Ontario to the public eye and offer direct experiences in line with the highest standards of education. We employ both the classical and contemporary approaches of yoga, and it is a lot of fun to host them both on the same platform.”
You don’t have to be a veteran to attend. Beginning yogis can expect to emerge from the three day event with a broad and rich experience of the variety of physical and cultural aspects and practices available to them in the city of Toronto. Show floor attendees can spend three days experiencing 28 hours of a variety of yoga classes hosted by local and international yoga teachers -including a full hour of Yin Yoga, Thai Massage, Chair Yoga, Bollywood Dancing, Kirtan and Meditation practice and much more.
The 20,000 anticipated show attendees can expect new and exciting keynote speakers including: Waylon Lewis – Creator of the super popular blog called Elephant Journal; Ida Herbert – the Guinness World Record holder for Oldest Yoga Teacher; Yasmin F. Gow – the Guinness World Record holder for the longest yoga marathon practitioner and Lopa Sarkar – seen on CTV’s Bollywood inspired ‘My Toronto’ commercial.
Show veterans will appreciate the brand new feature - the Cultural Arts area. The area is dedicated to hosting the more traditional and cultural aspects of yoga practice and lifestyle such as traditional ceremonies (puja), singing (kirtan), meditation, philosophical discussions and mandala making.
Ruth believes that yoga and the yoga lifestyle really resonate for Torontonians. “Our city hosts phenomenally educated teachers and lovely studios providing an optimal environment for the local population to melt into. Yoga has numerous evidence-based beneficial effects. ...Given that we’re in an urban environment, there are too many stresses to balance within the average day – yoga class provides a forum for Torontonians to transform their physiology and psychology in a matter of 90 minutes, how can you turn that down?”
Regarding the future of the Yoga Show, Ruth says, “We wish only that the show be attended in increasing numbers, beyond the 20,000 we estimate this year. This event holds 56 hours of experiential activities that attendees can enjoy over their three days of participation for only $15 – that is simply the best yoga deal not only in town, but in the entire country.
To Register for the show or find out more information go to thetorontoyogashow.com.