RELATED: Bendy-go to host yoga festival
BENDIGO’S picturesque historic buildings and its community-mindedness have lured yoga lovers to the regional city.
Rosie Richards, the Melbourne-based creator of the Bendigo Yoga Festival, said Dudley House and the Engine Room in View Street were not only beautiful, but perfect for yoga.
She had considered staging the event in Melbourne, but was concerned it would get lost in the hustle and bustle.
Instead, she had been hopeful people would come to Bendigo especially for the festival and stay to enjoy all the city had to offer outside of the two day program.
About 300 people were in attendance by midday on Saturday, the first day of the festival.
Ms Richards said many of them had weekend passes.
Central Victorian yoga teachers feature prominently in the festival schedule, which offers participants opportunities to try a variety of styles.
Studios from Bendigo, Castlemaine and Swan Hill jumped on board, as well as teachers from Melbourne and Byron Bay.
It was variety that inspired the festival. Ms Richards said she was initially unsure which style of yoga best suited her.
“I tried a little bit and wasn’t sure,” she said.
By exposing people to a sample of the many different styles on offer, she hoped people would gain better insight into what they found beneficial to their health and wellbeing.
Ms Richards said the City of Greater Bendigo and the community had been supportive of the event and thanked them for their assistance.