This summer, don’t let your vacation time go to waste. Grab a friend, significant other, or travel solo to one of the season’s hottest travel destinations – the summer yoga festival. From all across the country, health enthusiasts flock to outdoor amphitheaters, national parks, and majestic mountain valleys to meet other enthusiasts in gorgeous destinations, such as Big Sur and Nantucket. At each of these events, you have the opportunity to meet with world famous yoga instructors, taste gourmet food, listen to live music, and participate in a variety of workshops and lectures. These festivals welcome the most advanced practitioners as well as beginners, so grab your mat and don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of these unique gatherings.
July, and August Festivals
Wanderlust festivals are the crown jewel of the summer festival experience. These four-day summits, taking place in locations such as Oahu, Squaw Valley, and Whistler, offer the largest celebrations of its kind, bringing together thousands of people from all backgrounds. Imagine everything you treasure about yoga, and add in epic musical performances, thought provoking lectures, locally-sourced fare, and much, much more.
Big Sur, CA
Esalen takes place on the Big Sur coastline, where the mountains meet the water, and offers an exhilarating, spiritual adventure for yoga enthusiasts to rest, recharge, and explore the practice of living yoga.
Festivalgoers embark on a deeply spiritual journey, participating in meditative walks, sunrise yoga sessions and a wide variety of workshops, meditation, and ritual practices that will heighten your emotional awareness.
Copper Mountain, CO
Yoga has long been known for improving health and fitness, and the Mountain Pose Yoga Symposium brings together medical researchers, yogis, and motivational speakers for a unique educational journey on nutritional guidelines, hormone balancing, and behaviors that promote physical and mental well-being. The Symposium takes place at one of the most beautiful resorts in Colorado, and seamlessly blends lectures with yoga sessions for healthcare providers and wellness enthusiasts alike.
The Nantucket Yoga Festival is a community celebration that brings together world-class yoga instructors, wellness experts, and healthy living guides. Nantucket is an island located off the coast of Cape Cod, and has consistently inspired conscious living and creative collaboration. This community-oriented event celebrates the spirit of the island and explores ways to become happier, healthier, and live more peacefully to affect positive change in the world.
Big Bear, CA
The Big Bear Yoga Festival is your one-stop shop for resources on music, movement, health, food and most importantly – fun! This festival brings together incredible yoga teachers, vibrant music and dance, and inspirational talks against the beautiful backdrop of the San Bernadino Mountains. This festival extends a special invitation to beginners, offering introductory classes to yoga and meditation to get you up to speed.
The Floyd Yoga Jam is the ultimate blend of movement and music for yoga enthusiasts. Think of it as Coachella for your soul. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, participants are invited to camp onsite and enjoy three full days of good food, yoga workshops, and performances from bands like MC Yogi and Sean Johnston & the Wild Lotus Band.
Sarah Dalton is the founder of Able Mind Able Body, a Las Vegas based company offering motivational lifestyle coaching and online personal training services. She takes a holistic approach to healthy living, and educates others on the benefits of nutrition, exercise and emotional health. Visit www.ablemindablebody.com for more info.