Lamu Island to host Yoga festival
Lamu Island will host its annual Yoga festival from 12th -16th March 2015.
This is part of the efforts and strategies which have been deployed by the tourism stakeholders in the county as they try to revive the sector.
Monica Fauth, the proprietor of the Banana house hotel who is organizing the event said that they will host the second annual event after the inception festival last year brought in good tidings for the tourism industry.
Fauth addressing the press on Saturday in Lamu Island during the exhibition of the painter’s festival said that they hope to attract at least 200 participants up from the 108 who attended last year.
“Well being is becoming the biggest tourist attraction as more and more people give attention to their health,” she said, adding that they are targeting to make Lamu the biggest Yoga destination in the next five years.
Fauth said that the fact that Lamu has no vehicles, industries or factories that pollute the environment, it is best placed to become the best Yoga and wellness centre in the world.
She said that this year they will have eight venues in Manda and Shella Island with a total of 16 trainers.
“Yoga is not a religion as many people would think, however due to the Muslim religion of Lamu residents we will have different venues for men and women,” she said.
She called on people to join Yoga as it improves health and calms down stress.
“Some of the best footballers in the world are practicing Yoga, in America more than 20 million people are practicing it and in Nairobi we have at least 5, 000 people attending Yoga classes every week,” said Fauth.
Lamu Governor Issa Timamy who also graced the painter’s festival exhibition said that these events will help attract more tourists and bring back the glory of Lamu Island.
Timamy officially declared Lamu an island of festivals by announcing that they plan to have at least one festival per month.
Some of the famous events held in the archipelago are the Lamu cultural festival in November, the New Year Dhow race, maulidi festivals and the Kiwayu cultural festivals all in January and the painter’s festival in February.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a