Yoga enthusiasts in Austin and around the world will come together on June 21, which also falls around the Summer Solstice, to celebrate International Day of Yoga. This is no coincidence.
As the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the second half of the year and is thought to be an ideal time for reflection and unity, both of which can be achieved through yoga. Sound like something you need to rejuvenate? Here are a few of our suggestions for a new beginning this summer:
International Day of Yoga events
There are a handful of free events being offered during International Day of Yoga, so get together with your clan at these fun community gatherings:
The second annual International Day of Yoga at the Texas State Capitol takes place from 6 to 9 pm on June 21. There will be a free outdoor yoga class, om circle, sunset meditation, and more. This event is open to everyone regardless of their skill level. Bring a mat or towel and head to the Capitol lawn to strike a pose.
Renowned yoga instructors Leah Cullis, Gioconda Parker, and Mark Herron will be at Empire Control Room at 8 pm for their IDOY event hosted by Lululemon and Unify. The free event will include meditation and yoga followed by dancing with live music from Body Rock ATX.
Starting your practice
If you've been thinking about incorporating yoga into your wellness routine, June 21 is the perfect day to start. Here are seven studios in different areas of the city offering new student specials:
For a week of free yoga, head to CorePower, which offers a wide-range of classes from restorative to physically demanding. CorePower has locations downtown, at The Triangle, and at The Domain. Eastside Yoga also has a one-week new student special for $20.
Want to try out just one class? Mind Body Yoga on Research Boulevard offers a discounted rate on a single class for new students. They also offer kids' yoga classes.
Pure Bikram offers hot yoga to new students with a 14-day pass for $30. This studio has locations from Cedar Park to South Austin. Sanctuary Yoga on South Eighth Street also gives two weeks of unlimited yoga for $20 to new students.
Looking for yoga in Buda? Willow Gardens Hot Yoga in downtown Buda is offering new students 10 days of unlimited yoga for $20.
And if you'd prefer to try yoga at home, Black Swan TV is available for $8 per month and offers a selection of instructor-led lessons. The downside to this can be that if you are a beginner, you won’t have the benefit of an instructor helping you get into the correct position. You might get hurt if you have never done yoga before, so it's a better idea to attend a few in-person classes and then try the online option.