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How to Celebrate International Day of Yoga 2020

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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Wondering how to celebrate International Day of Yoga this year? Here’s some inspiration to help you get the best of this festivity from the comfort of your own home.

As an official event recognized by the United Nations, the International Day of Yoga (IDY), World Yoga Day, or International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st and it aims to raise awareness of yoga across the globe and share the importance of the practice with everyone.

IDY reminds us that yoga is for everyone regardless of your beliefs, nationality, religion, race, or gender. Anyone can benefit from its abundant benefits like stress relief, a more flexible body and a healthier lifestyle in general.

This year, the sixth anniversary of IDY, is organized around the theme of ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. Its main purpose is to raise awareness on how practicing yoga can help them and their families stay in good health, as well as encouraging people to respect social distancing during these times.

Thankfully, the challenges we’re facing this year haven’t stopped the celebration. As it’s become a tradition, there are many special events organized for World Yoga Day. And it doesn’t matter what your current knowledge of yoga is; wherever you are on your journey, you’re welcome to join.

Here are some tips and tricks to get involved without having to leave your home!

Attend an online yoga class

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Worldwide Bikram Yoga Class

Get together with thousands of yogis from around the world to commemorate the 6th International Yoga Day with a 90-minute free Bikram Yoga Class on June 20th at 11:00 am ET. It’ll be held by yoga teachers from different countries and will be followed by a 30-60 min guided meditation. Find out more about this event.

Shape Up NYC: Vinyasa Flow

If you prefer to wait until the very day (June 21st), Shape Up NYC will be offering a free yoga class at 11:45 am ET. To participate, you only need a yoga mat, enough space and good vibes to share with all. Find out more about this event.

Join an Online Yoga Retreat

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If yoga is a very important part of your life and you’d like to uplevel the celebration, then an online yoga retreat is the best way to do it! This will allow you not only to honor the festivity but to forget about your daily routine and learn new skills.

An online yoga retreat is budget-friendly, easy to access from any device and convenient as you’d be training from the coziness of your own home. It’s truly an accessible way to get into the joyful spirit of the celebration!

READ MORE: Take a break with an online yoga retreat.

Start an Online Yoga Teacher Training Course

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Let’s say you like the idea of an online yoga retreat, but still, feel like you could walk the extra mile, then an online yoga teacher training will do it for you!

Keep in mind that becoming a yoga instructor isn’t about being the most flexible yogi or doing the most difficult inversions. There’s no required level, but there is a required power of will. And with the powerful energy of the summer solstice happening on the same day, you’ll have all the vitality you need to start this life-changing experience.

READ MORE: What type of online yoga teacher training is best for you?

Attend an IDY online event

Want to do more than just a class but can’t commit to an online yoga retreat? No worries, you can still celebrate in a big way with any of the all-day online versions of these festivals:

San Antonio Yogathon

iDoYoga San Antonio is organizing a full-day event from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm ET on June 20th that will consist of many yoga classes streaming live on YouTube. The options go from Sunrise Gentle Flow to Yoga for Seniors, Therapeutic Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Yoga for Kids, to mention just a few. Find out more about this event.

Heartfulness.org virtual event

The Heartfulness Institute is hosting a global virtual live event of music, yoga and meditation on June 20th at 7 pm ET. But if you prefer to wait until Sunday, the recorded event will be available worldwide all day on June 21st. Find out more about this event.

Australian School of Meditation and Yoga

Join the best instructors, mentors and teachers from all over Australia and New Zealand to celebrate World Yoga Day. Embrace the spirit of the day with energizing yoga classes, uplifting kirtan meditation, wellness workshops, mindfulness, yoga wisdom sessions and meditation workshops! Find out more about this event.  

Participate in an international yoga competition

Finally, if you’re looking for a global, engaging and unique way to honor IDY, then you can participate in the yoga contest that the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations are hosting.

To participate you just need to follow these easy steps:

  1.      Shoot a 3-minute video following the theme of #MyLifeMyYoga
  2.      Upload the video on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; make sure it’s public
  3.      Like and follow the Ministry of Ayush page and tag the page in your video
  4.      Finally, upload the video link on this platform to get your participation code

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about yoga and to inspire people to become active followers in the observation of World Yoga Day 2020. Find out more about the event.

Few more ideas to celebrate the International Yoga Day

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Can’t participate in any of the above ideas? Here are a few more fun and easy tips to commemorate International Day of Yoga at home:

  •       Dedicate some conscious time to plan your next yoga holiday in the destination of your preference. Just thinking about it will enhance your mood and help you keep a positive attitude.
  •       Look for an online yoga class and organize a live yoga session with your family or roommates.
  •       Learn a new yoga style. Some of the most suitable styles to do at home are Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Restorative, Jock, Iyengar, Yin and Bikram. You can find many tutorials on the internet.

Whatever you do, just remember that the intention of International Yoga Day is to be united with all living beings around us!

*Cover image credit: Paros Yoga Shalla


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