The Jakarta Post
The 2018 Namaste Festival aims to spread healthy lifestyle and positive energy among Indonesians. (Shutterstock/Syda Productions)
The ninth installment of the CIMB Niaga Namaste Festival (CNNF) returns for three days from Oct. 26 to 28 at Bimasena, The Dharmawangsa, South Jakarta.
Targeting around 7,000 participants, the annual event has over 50 yoga classes that are hosted by international and local teachers, a healing area as well as a bazaar of healthy products and yoga equipment.
Among the yoga instructors who will attend the festival are sattva yogi Caleb Packham, artist-yogi Daphne Tse, Qi Flow founder Ronan Tang, celebrity yoga instructor Fajar “Penyogastar” and yogi Bagus Saputra. Each instructor will teach different types of yoga. Packham, for instance, has four separate classes and one special class dubbed Cider Yoga.
The festival has a bazaar that sells healthy food and yoga equipment. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
To be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. and open to all levels, Packham aims to make the class fun. “You can do something to help people to be more relaxed, have a little bit of fun,” said Packham after the opening ceremony on Friday. “The plan is to have a bottle of cider and I will tell people at certain times to take a sip as we’re practicing yoga.”
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Known for his fresh and exciting perspectives in yoga practice, for instance, a class in a nightclub in London with live music, Packham will teach forgiveness in the Forgiveness and Truth class and how to overcome life’s challenges in the Lotus Rising class.
Here's the schedule for the 3 days of the festival. Please note that schedule is subject to change, so keep checking the latest schedule on the Namaste app or on namastefestival.com. ••••••••••••• CIMB Niaga Namaste Festival 2018 26-28 October 2018 Bimasena Klub The Dharmawangsa Jakarta . #CNNF2018 #cimbniaganamastefestival2018 #namastefestival2018 #namastefestival
Anita Boentarman, CNNF’s director, said the festival was designed to help Indonesians attain a healthy lifestyle and positive energy. “It’s not only yoga, we also combine it with other sports, namely capoeira and pound fit,” said Anita. “Perhaps we will combine it with dance in the forthcoming years.”