The first Boro Yoga Fest was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The event was a huge success. Over eighty people participated in the all-day event held at Lane Agri Park. Boro Yoga Fest featured a lineup of six different styles of yoga and two meditation sessions from instructors based in Murfreesboro. Nashville based Kirtan group Chant Ram was also part of the festival and played live music for the event. Vendor booths were busy during the event and included free massages, yoga clothing, jewelry, homemade personal care items, and other yoga accessories.
The proceeds from Boro Yoga Fest will benefit Prison Yoga Project. Prison Yoga Project is a charitable organization that trains yoga teachers to teach in prison, jails, and other rehabilitation facilities. Prison Yoga Project was founded by James Fox, who began teaching yoga at San Quentin Prison in 2002. Fox's book Yoga for Healing and Recovery has been sent to over 16,000 prisoners free of charge and Prison Yoga Project has trained over 1,500 teachers.
Prison Yoga Project has been a great resource for the yoga program at Rutherford County Corrections. One of the teachers, Jami Jackson, led vinyasa at Boro Yoga Fest and told a couple of stories of her experience as a volunteer. Boro Yoga Fest held a softcover yoga book drive with cooperation from Golds Gym and dozens of yoga books were donated for the Rutherford County jail.