As the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, some 400 yogis gathered on the cool sand overlooking the surf for a singular purpose; to set a Guinness Book World Record for the largest collective Om circle in the world. For 25 minutes we sat, facing each other, facing the ocean, facing the sky and gave our vibration to the collective. Maybe you watched our Instagram live story of the event, but nothing could compare to the presence of being there in that moment. At the end of the 108 oms something truly magical happened. Maybe it was just the carry-over of vibration, or our mind that was yearning for more, but when the last om was chanted, the ocean seemed to throw the vibration back to us, like it was oming along for a few more rounds. It was palpable, it was powerful, it was oneness. It was also the end of the amazing San Diego Yoga Festival down on the last beach of Southern California.
The vibe of the whole weekend was nama-stoked. Founder Shawna Schenk said that this word embodied the laid-back atmosphere of San Diego with the chill vibes of doing yoga on the beach. In full respect to the border and the political climate, Shawna included Spanish- English Vinyasa classes and a meditative walk to the USA-Mexico border. The last yoga class of the event featured translator Karla Rodas and about 100 Spanish speaking yogis. Shawna spoke about coming together as community and caring for our neighbors and Karla lovingly translated both the message and the flow.