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The Bermuda Department of Tourism to hold Bermuda Yoga Festival

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Where better to relax, rejuvenate and perfect those planks and down dogs than on a beautiful pink sand beach? With the increase in popularity of yoga retreats and festivals in the worldwide travel market, the Bermuda Department of Tourism has initiated and sponsored the Bermuda Yoga Festival as a way to develop this tourism niche in Bermuda.

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Participants from around the world will be able to enjoy the peaceful pink of Bermuda's beaches while learning and enhancing yoga skills at the Bermuda Yoga Festival, which is scheduled for April 3-6, 2014 at the Fairmont Southampton.

Sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Fairmont Southampton Bermuda and American Airlines, the goal of the Bermuda Yoga Festival is to draw yoga enthusiasts from around the world to visit the beautiful island of Bermuda, and to encourage local community members to give yoga a try.

Wellness speakers, kirtan musicians and local Bermuda and international yogis will be in attendance to introduce participants to the many benefits of yoga. A wide variety of schools and styles of yoga will be represented at the 2014 Bermuda Yoga Festival, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, prenatal and postnatal yoga and yoga asana in the water.

Not an expert yoga devotee? No worries. The Bermuda Yoga Festival offers beginner classes as well as advanced workshops. There will also be inspirational talks and kirtan music, which is a "call and response" type of chant often accompanied by hand cymbals, drums or reed organs. Kirtan is sometimes accompanied by story-telling or acting.

International presenters include:

For more information, please email bdayogafest@gmail.com or visit bermudayogafestival.com. Visit the Bermuda Yoga Festival Facebook page at Facebook.com/Bermudayogafestival.

Lodging and Tickets

Located along Bermuda's beautiful south shore, the Fairmont Southampton is the primary partner of the Bermuda Yoga Festival. It is a premier, luxury hotel overlooking pink sand beaches and turquoise water. Hotel amenities include golf courses, a kids' camp, an award-winning spa, several restaurants, a dive center and an oceanfront beach club.

Please visit ptix.com for information and purchasing of Bermuda Yoga Festival tickets. Group rates are available for overseas certified yoga instructors.

For those interested in booking a room at the Fairmont Southampton, please call the Fairmont Global Reservation Centre at 1-800-441-1414. Please mention that you are booking for the Bermuda Yoga Festival 2014.

Bermuda is located about two hours from most East Coast departure cities, which makes it a convenient destination for a long weekend, quick trip or romantic getaway. American Airlines is offering festival-goers a five percent discount.

Visit the Yoga Examiner for articles on yoga, pilates and wellness-related topics.

Check out all kinds of Bermuda travel activities and excursions at AFAR.com. For more island articles and beach and travel-related topics, please visit Somewhere in the Sand.

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