It’s been a year since the first official World Yoga Day on June 21st, 2015. The world embraced this special day in honour of the ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice, in correlation with our winter solstice (or summer, depending on which hemisphere you’re in). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modih has made a concerted effort to bring global awareness to the psychological and physical benefits of yoga, with the United Nations on board and supportive of the peaceful initiative.
This year marks the second annual event, and Aussies, much like the rest of the world, are gearing up in celebration of this inspiring day, with events all over Australia from the steps of the Opera House to the sandy shores of Bondi Beach. Team Sporteluxe is all too excited to share the five top ways to celebrate this coming Tuesday 21st June.
“Let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all, “ United Nations Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon via worldyogaday.com.au
5 ways to celebrate world yoga day
1Yoga on Bondi Beach
Start your day with a sun salutation on Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach this Sunday 19th June. The free community Sunrise Yoga class will be followed by several different styles of practice led by Australia’s finest instructors. You can find out more here and get your tickets here.
When: Sunday 19th June 2016
Where: Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2Yoga on the steps of the Sydney Opera House
This free community event boasts a world renowned venue (and view), along with top-notch instructors to lead you through two hours of celebration. Starting at 12 pm on June 21st, it will feature a class lead by Power Living’s Duncan Peak, along with guided meditation and Kirtan by Adam Whiting and Indian dancing by Ruchi Sanghi. You can register here for the big day.
When: Tuesday 21st June 2016
Where: Sydney Opera House
3Celebrate in Brisbane at Yoga Day Festival
Sponsored by the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, Brisbane’s Yoga Day Festival will celebrate with music, artists, performers and of course, yoga practices. The festival will also feature stalls and mini workshops for kids, so you can bring the whole family for a day of fun, then head on over to the after party at The Mantra Room. Visit their website for more info.
When: Sunday 19th June 2016
Where: Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds
4Candle Lit Slow Flow at One Hot Yoga
If crowds aren’t your thing, then you why not try something a little more down to earth, with One Hot Yoga‘s 90 minute Slow Flow, complete with a candle lit room and guided relaxation meditation. Fresh pressed juices will be on hand after your flow to awaken and soothe all your celebratory senses. You can sign up here for the Potts Point or South Yarra studio.
When: Tuesday 21st June, 6.30pm
Where: 34 Kellett Street, Potts Point (SYDNEY) and 36-48 River Street South Yarra (MELBOURNE)
Cost: $25 for general public, FREE for One Hot members
5Celebrate at home
If you simply can’t make it to the steps or the studio, or are still a little shy and trying to figure out your cat from your cobra, then stay at home and do a little in-house session. Why not try one of our favourite yoga apps, or maybe even try Bianca Cheah’s favourite Vinyasa Flow sequence.