Reggae Yoga is the latest craze at the Projects Abroad Jamaica headquarters. On August 4, 2010 the volunteer’s lounge was transformed from simply an area for lounging to a centre for meditation, relaxation and exercise- reggae style.
Reggae Yoga was conceptualized by the Social Manager as a means of exercise, which incorporates aspects of meditation and relaxation. The mood was set by having an authentic selection of reggae tunes soothing the volunteers and staff. From Bob Marley’s ‘Natural Mystic’ to Jimmy Cliff’s, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’
The Social Manager was the instructor for the evening. As the rain gradually moved from a heavy cascade to a steady drizzle outside, the volunteers and staff were inside moving through a series of classic Yoga positions, such as the sit/ easy position, the half shoulder stand and others, to doing steady rotations with the hips. In Jamaica we call this wining; however, the Reggae Yoga version offered a steadier, solid version which helps increase balance, concentration and simply provides exercise for the waist.
It was an evening for stretching, testing and pushing the body to various strengths. The emphasis for the evening was on strengthening the core; much of the abdominal muscles were used. The evening was truly a success.
Join us next week for part two of Reggae Yoga. Get all the juicy details (Find out how Boss Lady did).