Ever dreamt of starting your own Yoga festival? We caught up with Benita Grimaldi who's done just that! Benita's a self described yoga addict who's brought together her love of community, connecting people and of course Yoga into a one day Yoga festival taking place in Melbourne this weekend!
Benita's a powerhouse with a busy schedule, from working at lululemon, to being a part of the Girl Boss movement, to starting her own festival and squeezing in a yoga class most days (sometimes more than once). We caught up with this beauty to hear how Salute the Sun Yoga Festival came about and find out her advice for building community.
I am so obsessed with connecting our community! We have such talented individuals doing incredible things with fitness, food, music, wellness etc and I wanted to create a space where we could showcase that!
Perhaps just starting?! Once I started, there were so many learnings and challenges, but I have a clear vision, so that's what keeps me going! Also, councils can be a little challenging! Haha
People want to support each other! I've had such an overwhelming amount of support during my journey!! The people around me are simply incredible!
I do a lot of brain dumps (scribbling down everything that's on my mind onto paper)
I genuinely love what I do, so I pinch myself that my "days off" involve creating a yoga festival and connecting with my community!
My ultimate day off will start with an early morning class at f45! I love early morning sweat sessions with friends! Then I'll go for breakfast in the sun; I'm thinking Pillar of Salt...
Next I'll connect... with lululemon ambassadors, with studio owners, with local businesses, with my friends; check out what they're up to, see where I can support... This might include a flash mob; like Thursday with Morning Gloryville!
I'll then work on my businesses, sitting in the sun, enjoying a delicious home made lunch.
Hopefully my night ends with some kind of event or dinner! And I'll definitely sneak in a yoga class before or after that unless I'm going to touch footy (but I'd probably try to get to yoga too!)! I love all studios in Melbourne and tend to lean towards practicing a hot power flow vinyasa!
Just start. It will never be perfect, but if you just start, you can ask for feedback along the way and work it out as you go! The scariest part is believing in yourself enough to start something that you believe in!
Keen to come along to the festival? Head to the website for more details and tickets.
We'll see you there! Team KOJA will be in the market section providing you with nourishment for the day. Come and say hi and try some KOJA!
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