The CYC aims to bring attention to Jamaica's underserved communities and economically disadvantaged individuals by establishing give-back programs in partnership with the not-for-profit organization Karma Krew, including granting interested participants attendance who would otherwise not be able to afford it. The weekend-long main conference, to be held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 31, 2013-February 3, 2013, features a lineup of luminary yogis, artists, and activists, and welcomes participants of all levels. Pre-conference immersion sessions and a post-conference service retreat are offered to deepen participants’ yoga practice and to bring awareness and advocacy around serving the underserved; these intensives will to be held January 28, 2013–January 31, 2013, and February 3, 2013–February 8, 2013, respectively, at Jake’s Resort in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
Flanked by a lush and tranquil backdrop of palm trees, turquoise waters, and sandy beaches, the CYC features workshops, seminars, and music events led by the likes of Elena Brower, Faith Hunter, Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Rootz Underground, and more.
A fun new addition to the 2013 event is the family-friendly CircusYoga program, geared toward children ages 7–4. These classes playfully blend the practice of yoga with the skills of the circus. As a special way to give back to the island, Caribbean Yoga Conference organizers have invited the SOS Children’s Village, a Montego Bay area–orphanage, to participate in the CircusYoga program.
“The practice of yoga has been performed by many on our island for years,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism in partnership with Conference sponsor the Jamaica Tourist Board. “The Caribbean Yoga Conference was successful in accomplishing its goals last year, and we look forward to welcoming even more yogis to the 2013 event. The conference is a fitting addition to the island’s calendar of events and demonstrates the diversity of our health and wellness offerings.”