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Yoga Festival In Morgan Hill, California

The Morgan Hill Yoga Festival is celebrated at Community Park in Morgan Hill, Calif., Sunday, June 21, 2015, part of global gatherings on the first ever International Day of Yoga. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

In keeping with the spirit of the International Yoga Day, people at Morgan Hill, California, turned up in large crowds to celebrate health and fitness. It was a surprise to the event's organizers, who thought that Father's Day would probably keep the attendance low. But Deepak Sridhar, one of the event planners was stupefied to see more than 200 people on yoga mats!
There were almost 500 enthusiasts doing Pranayama breathing exercises and meditating. There was music -- traditional kirtan chanting, plus a yoga-inspired rap artist and even Laughter Yoga. The festival was intended to help people equip themselves with tools for physical and mental wellness.

One of the participants’, José Miqui's, a software engineer was mired in a slump two years ago, when a doctor offered him a choice between prescription drugs or yoga classes. "I was totally stressed out and feeling down," recalled Miqui, 62. "The breathing practices they presented in the class reconnected me with my energy and my blood pressure went down." He continued to practice even after his body healed. "There is a spiritual connection,” he said. "With yoga, I can go to the divine part inside of me."

Miqui was also the star of the Laughter Yoga workshop, unleashing a long, loud and completely silly laugh that echoed through the surrounding hills. "For several years, I was laughing a lot," he said. But stressful events robbed him of his laugh. "Coming here today really energized and activated that part of me," he said.

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Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28356666/yoga-festival-enlivens-fathers-day-morgan-hill