Yoga festivals around the world and the yogis of Instagram who inspire us to travel
Summer means many things, but to yoga lovers it means outdoor yoga and the possibility of yoga festivals in the sun!
The global appeal of yoga is most apparent when one looks at the enormous volume of yoga festivals around the world. The festivals are not relegated to places where yoga is a part of life and is taught and popular, but truly it’s popular worldwide.
Yoga festivals worldwide have been growing in popularity, and along with that the phenomenon of yoga gurus (like @thetravelyogi) on Instagram who specialise in travel with yoga, they have made it one of the most popular ways to travel the world. There is nothing more travel inducing than flexible yogis pulling a yoga pose with a beautiful exotic desitination in the background.
As summer comes round in the Northern hemisphere, the festivals really get underway. Here’s a quick selection of some of the most spectacular yoga festivals around the world.
Some of the best known festivals are the ones organised by Wanderlust, which puts on festivals in celebration of sustainability, adventure, and yoga. Their amazing festivals cross the US, Australia and Canada starting on 3 June in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Activities include cooking, meditation, and yoga.
In Greece this weekend 28 May there will be the Kuzey Kibris Yoga Festival that takes place in Northern Cypress and combines the beauty of the island with intensive workshops and training.
Yoga Fest Amsterdam, that takes place on 18-19 June in the Westergasfabriek city park, and involve panel debates on modern living and spirituality, as well as star instructors’yoga classes.
In California, Big Sur welcomes hundreds of yogis for its 12th Esalen’s Yoga Festival that takes place from 19 – 24 June, and involves massage courses, yoga classes, as well as panel debates and music, all set by the sea.
The MayFest is one of New York’s biggest yoga festivals that takes place 27-29 May in Cold Spring, NY. Along with its musical lineup and yoga classes, MayFest also requires that most participants stay in one of the surrounding cabins in the area, making it an all round enjoyable experience!