This post comes late but we thought it would be fun to share our visit to the European Yoga Festival with you. Every year MPA students, alumni and staff participated extensively and joyfully in the European Yoga Festival, held in France. From hosting an MPA Day for the teens, to singing in the Ransabai, on Peace Prayer Day and other events, to serving tea at the Yogi Tea Cafe, we enjoyed the being with everyone at the festival, meeting new people and sharing our MPA spirit.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Near the beginning of the festival we hosted an MPA Day for teens. We started the day by breaking into squads to develop funny skits that helped break the ice. After that, we did a hard, 9 minute meditation, followed by 11 minutes of bhangra led by Paramjot Kaur and Himmat Singh. After a short lunch break, we reconvened for an afternoon of kabaddi, which succeeded in getting both students and alumni and those who’ve never played before enjoying this wonderful game.
During the festival, we took an evening to honour our recent graduates from Europe. Malie, Konrad and Dev Amrit Singh started off the evening by sharing some shabads with the sangat; after which board member, Hari Charan Kaur, addressed the graduating students and family. Next, Director of Student Life, Amrit Singh, and Hari Charan Kaur gave saropas to graduates, Dharm Kaur, Emilia, Mieke, Gyan Preet Singh, Malie and Konrad. Dharm Kaur and Gyan Preet Singh, who weren’t at the graduation ceremony at Summer Solstice in New Mexico shared a few words about their experience. We ended with some shabads led by Himmat and Guru Partap Singh.
Throughout the week, students sold raffle tickets to Yoga Festival participants. We had tons of prizes that were generously donated by the vendors at the festival. The winners were announced after the graduation ceremony and was a lot of fun for those in attendance. The money raised from the raffle goes to support the financial aid fund for European students.
Peace Prayer Day
The last full day of the festival includes Peace Prayer Day. Siri Sadhana Kaur organized one of the main events, which had MPA students helping to lead the sangat in prayer and meditation.
During Peace Prayer Day, there’s an evening ‘Camp Highlights’ event, which includes performances from children’s camp and various workshops that were held during the week. MPA got to participate by sharing their bhangra routine and gatka skills.
Finally, after the Camp Highlights performance, Konrad and Nova led the evening yoga class.