Om-azing Yoga Fests to Try This Summer
Life doesn’t stop because summer’s here. This season can certainly be stressful too! Take a break and zen out at one of these nearby yoga festivals.
Soulshine Yoga & Music Festival
Embrace the whole yogi lifestyle at The Soulshine Music and Yoga Festival. This traveling festival presented by Essentia Water brings together the best acoustic artists and yoga instructors for a day of positive vibes.
The festival begins in the afternoon with an acoustic yoga practice set to live music by Michael Franti and friends. The two-hour class will be taught by world renowned instructors Honza & Claudine Lafond, founders of YogaBeyond. New to yoga? That’s fine! Soulshine encourages all yogis, from local instructors to those brand new to the mat, to come out for the class.
Once you’ve channeled the positive vibes, continue the night with a concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall, Sonna Rele and awesome DJs.
When: Friday, July 18th. Yoga from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concert doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Cost: Yoga tickets: $27, Concert tickets: $38.50 to $63.35 (add $10 for yoga)
Photo caption: Soulshine Yoga and Music Festival in Portland, OR.
Love Yoga Festival
Have a full wellness weekend at Cape Cod’s Love Yoga Festival. The weekend yoga retreat offers dozens of yoga classes, meditation sessions, music, wellness lectures and stand-up paddle boarding classes throughout the weekend. Make it a mini-vacation and stay the whole weekend, come for just a day, or drop in for a beach yoga class.
When: August 15 – 17
Where: Hyannis, Barnstable, Mass.
Cost: Weekend pay: from $330, Day Pass: from $200, Stand-Up Paddle Class: from $25, Beach Yoga: $10
Photo caption: Festival presenters Leigh Alberti, co-owner of Power Yoga of Cape Cod Dennis Port, Petra Ledkovsky, owner of Orleans Yoga + Pilates, and Rhia Cataldo strike a pose
Wanderlust 108 is a “mindful triathlon’’—a combination of running, meditation, and yoga. The triathalon starts with a 5k run, followed by a guided meditation set to live music, and ends with a massive outdoor yoga class.
The festival also features live music, inspirational wellness talks, healthy food vendors, slack lining, and yard games.
Where does the 108 come from? According to the festival’s website, in Eastern traditions, the number 108 represents the connection of the body, mind, and spirit (1 = Unity, 0 = stillness, 8 = infinite possibility, the festival.) The Wanderlust festival embraces this interconnection.
Where: Brooklyn, N.Y.
When: Saturday, September 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Premium ticket: $58, free tickets also available (do not include participation in 5k run or sponsor gift pack)
Great Falls Yoga Festival
End the summer with an escape to the charming town of Lewiston for a day of yoga and wellness. The festival offers a series of yoga classes, workshops, lectures, and music.
Start the day with Vinyasa flow, attend a lecture by herbal educator Susan Cooper on an herbal approach to women’s issues, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant, and end the day with a gong meditation.
When: September 13
Cost: Full day: $75, Half-day: $50, Session: $25
The Vermont YogaFest is a weekend Yoga festival hosted by The Travel Yogi and Yoga Reaches Out. Take advantage of the last few days of warm weather with a weekend of outdoor yoga, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, outdoor music concerts, and local food.
When: September 18-19
Where: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, Vt.
Cost: Weekend pass: $349 (double occupancy) – $399 (single occupancy); Day passes are available too: $125 Thursday, $60 Friday, Both: $160