Yoga Roundup corrals cultures

Yogi Amrit Desai posed for a photo with area leaders during the Yoga Roundup.<BR><I>Photo contributed by Yolanda Lennon</I>

James Dewar and Tania Wildbill, co-founders of April's Pendleton Yoga Round Up, were thrilled at the large community and reservation support for the event.

"It was an honor to have so many members of our community at the Friday night opening ceremony," Wildbill said. "This event truly became the cross-cultural yoga festival, we hoped it would be."

The three-day event drew 300 registered participants from across the United States, as well as visitors from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Jamaica.

The opening night ceremony included welcomes from Leslie Carnes, executive director of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce; Randy Severe, president of the Pendleton Round-Up; and Donald Sampson, executive director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The Pendleton Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Yogi Amrit Desai by "branding" the world renowned yoga master as an honorary Pendletonian.

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