“[We] had a super great time…Here’s a blog post of 5 things to love about BYC (there are so many more, but 5 is a start!)…
There’s something about community-driven, locally-organized yoga events that sets my heart aflutter. The Burlington Yoga Conference is the latest independent yoga event that I’ve had the pleasure of attending, and the homegrown conference could serve as an inspiration for communities around the continent.
Last weekend I made the short trip with a couple of Montréal friends to Burlington, Vermont for the sixth annual BYC (March 8th & 9th, 2014). It featured two days of workshops and a line-up of speakers and presenters from Vermont, other Northeastern states, and Montréal. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain and boasting over a dozen yoga studios and wellness centres (not bad for a city with a population of 42,000), Burlington has recently been voted the healthiest US city in a CNN poll.
My official purpose at the conference was to rep Yoga Festival Montréal, so I spent much of the weekend in the little marketplace at the heart of the event. But I did get a chance to check out a few classes and have a couple of massages, as well as soak up the sweet ambiance and palpable community spirit among the just over 200 attendees. Here are my top five favourite things about BYC:
The conference was held in the Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus, a certified LEED building with a variety of room sizes, natural light and comfortable arm chairs everywhere. The “ballroom” event rooms felt spacious, and the smaller rooms felt intimate and comfortable. The marketplace even had a gas-powered fireplace in the middle of it.
2. A schedule with offerings for all levels & backgrounds
With more than 28 workshops covering everything from meditation to vinyasa to talks on “authenticity” in American yoga, there really was something for everyone at BYC. There was also a kids program and a low-key Saturday night party at a nearby art gallery.
3. Presenters from near & not-so-far
I get a little rush of delight when I look at a yoga event schedule and recognize none of the names (save for the yoga teachers from Montréal). The schedule had a balance of emerging and established Vermont teachers, as well as a few from nearby Northeastern states and, of course, Montréal…”