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10 Ways to Celebrate Summer & International Day of Yoga Around the World

Yogis worldwide will be celebrating the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga on June 21st. Here, we picked just 10 of the events and festivals around the globe that will be saluting the season and our practice this week.

1. 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration

3HO Summer Solstice Celebration

When: June 15–24, 2017
Where: Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico
With: Amanbir Signh, Shabed Kaur, Ajeet Kaur, & more!

Whether you want to celebrate for all nine days or just stop by for Peace Prayer Day on June 18th (free and open to the public), you can indulge in the all-pervasive uplifting energy created at this festival. “It is a rare opportunity to cleanse the mind, go beyond ego, and feel your spirit soar,” according to 3HO. “Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, the Summer Solstice experience includes Kundalini Yoga workshops, White Tantric Yoga®, Morning Sadhana, Live Kirtan, Community Connection, and the all-pervasive bright, uplifting energy generated by 2,000 souls living in their highest consciousness.” Bring in the Summer Solstice during this nine-day spiritual gathering in the desert mountains of New Mexico.

For more information: 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration

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2. Summer Energizing Retreat

SURYALILA RETREAT CENTRE
SURYALILA RETREAT CENTRE in Suryalila Spain

When: June 17–24, 2017
Where: Cádiz, Spain
With: Maggie Dunne

Just before International Yoga Day, the Suryalila Retreat Centre in beautiful southern Spain will be starting a seven-night festival featuring yoga workshops, classes, meditations, dance, acroyoga and live music. Guests have the option to stay for three days, five days or the entire seven-day retreat. “Suryalila Retreat Centre in southern Spain is celebrating Yoga with 108 sun salutations in ten different languages, on the longest day of the year, in their Om Dome. The festival promises live music, chanting and even water pistols! Finish your evening with an Indian feast and kirtan,” says Vidya Heisel, Director of Suryalila Retreat Centre.

For more information: Summer Energizing Retreat

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3. World Yoga Day Australia

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When: June 21, 2017
Where: Sydney, Australia
With: Swami Sunishtananda, Professor Nihal Agar and more!

In Sydney’s iconic Bondi beach, yogis are gathering to share the inspiration of ancient wisdom and how it can be applied practically to modern day life. Spreading across this beautiful country from the Australian yoga capital, Sydney, to Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide, Aussies will celebrate their second annual World Yoga Day. The Sydney festivities will begin with a history of International Yoga Day in Australia at 6:30 pm. Participants will experience everything from yoga nartana (yoga dance) to yoga to overcome misery. This event will pay tribute to many facets of the 5,000-year-old discipline.

For more information: World Yoga Day Australia

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4. Arctic Yoga Conference 2017

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When: June 16–18, 2017
Where: Bodø, Norway
With: Dr. Karin Mæland, Professor Silje C. Wangberg, and more!

Perhaps what you’re in the mood for is something a little bit more cool. Puns aside, Arctic Yoga Conference in Bodø, Norway is an experience unlike any other! This year in particular the festival will set its intentions to demonstrating how yoga is so much more than a physical or formal practice on a yoga mat. Instead, the focus of this festival will be to highlight yoga’s value as an approach to health and everyday life. Workshops will feature the importance of yoga in schools and education systems, the value of meditation as well as flows to spark inspiration in the hearts of participants. Come pick up inspiration to spread the practice far and wide.

For more information: Arctic Yoga Conference 2017

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5. Summer Solstice Yoga at the Courthouse

Dayton International Day of Yoga 2017
Day Yoga Teachers

When: June 21, 2017
Where: Dayton, Ohio
With: Day Yoga Studio Teachers

Teachers from Day Yoga will walk you through an open-level yoga class to conclude the longest day of the year. This event is free and open to the public. All you need is water, a mat. and maybe a towel if the asana starts heating up. “A sense of community inspires our annual Summer Solstice class in the heart of downtown Dayton,” says Devon Schmidt, the owner of Day Yoga Studios. “Yogis of all ages are welcome to celebrate light and the longest day of the year with a mindful yoga practice.” 

For more information: Annual Community Summer Yoga Class

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6. International Day of Yoga 2017

International Yoga Day 2017 Houston Texas
Mark Mulligan

When: June 21, 2017
Where: Houston, Texas 
With: Robert Boustany

Celebrate International Day of Yoga Texas-style in Levy Park by the Consulate General of India. This event opens with Dr. Anupam Ray, The Consul General, giving his opening remarks on the day followed by a free yoga class lead by Robert Boustany, founder of Pralaya Yoga. Continue your evening with a guided relaxation and a closing ceremony.  Our favorite part of this event is the color dance party at 8:15 pm. Start off the summer with some vivacious, colorful energy!

For more information: International Day of Yoga 2017

See also 3 Ways Yogis Can Celebrate The Summer Solstice

7. Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

Solstice in Times Square 2017
Amy Hart

When: June 21, 2017
Where: New York City, New York
With: Douglass Stewart, Sarah Finger, Catherine Gignac, & more!

Imagine an opportunity to calm the mind and connect to the body, all while surrounded by the hustle and bustle that is New York City. “At Solstice in Times Square, we invite participants to find peace and tranquility beside the mixture of sights, sounds and endless energy of Times Square,” says Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body and the world around them.” 

With free classes offered all day long, it’s no wonder thousands of yogis will travel to the Big Apple to celebrate the longest day of the year and practice in Times Square. After your final Savasana, you can treat yourself to a walk to Central Park and indulge in some street vendor specialties.

For more information: Solstice in Time Square

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8. Wanderlust Stratton Festival

Photo by Julianne Lesinski for Wanderlust Festival
Julianne Lesinski

When: June 22–25, 2017
Where: Stratton Mountain, Vermont
With: Seane Corn, Lauren Clausen, & more!

The Wanderlust Stratton Festival promises to help yogis disconnect from the outside world and to connect within while nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. This four-day festival offers tickets for one or two-day passes if you can’t stay for the long weekend. “There’s no better way to celebrate the solstice than at a yoga festival,” says Sean Hoess, the co-CEO of Wanderlust. “We use every minute of the extra daylight at Wanderlust Stratton to help our seekers connect with nature—whether that’s through yoga and meditation on a mountaintop, hiking, or biking in the Green Mountains, paddle-boarding on local lakes, or evening concerts under the stars.” Celebrate the adult summer camp vibes of this summer solstice festival as a newbie or a seasoned yogi—all are welcome!

For more information: Wanderlust Stratton Festival

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9. Breathe Yoga Festival 2017

Breathe Yoga Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado
Breathe Yoga Festival

When: June 23–25, 2017
Where: Fort Collins, Colorado
With: Ashlee K. Thomas, Cassandra Davis, Joe Somodi, & more!

To bring in the uplifting energy of summer, Breathe Yoga Festival will showcase some of the most experienced yoga teachers in the area as well as local musicians to share their talents in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. “Breathe Yoga Festival is a northern Colorado-based festival held among the rolling hills of City Park in Fort Collins, CO,” says Jake Van Vonderen, owner and director of Old Town Yoga Studio. “We highlight and provide a stage for the best and most experienced yoga teachers in the area and from around the country as well as local musicians to entertain and share their talents.

Participants will celebrate their mutual love for yoga, the outdoors, summertime, Colorado life, and its one-of-a-kind yoga community. With over 72 hours of scheduled classes, workshops, and live music, Breathe Yoga Festival is the place for Colorado yogis to be this summer.

For more information: Breathe Yoga Festival 2017

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10. Shakti Gong Sound Healing

Shakti Gong Sound Healing
Sarah and Stephanie Starnes

When: June 24, 2017
Where: Portland, Oregon
With: Sarah & Stephanie Starnes

The sound of summer has a new definition with Shakti Gong Sound Healing, lead by the Starnes Sisters, Sarah and Stephanie. Blending the healing vibrations of a planetary gong with crystal singing bowls, rain sticks, and their voices, guests will be transported to another world. All you need is a mat and a blanket. “We love creating a sacred space for people to tune in, listen, and release what they need to,” says Stephanie Starnes. This is “a space with no agenda other than to relax and let the sound move through them—to be open to receive what they need, and to let go of what they don’t. Sound and intention can be so powerful, and we so love sharing with the community in this way. We all need safe spaces, and a chance to really settle and tune in to ourselves.”

For more information: Shakti Gong Sound Healing

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