Since its inception in 2015, people from all over the world have been rolling out their yoga mats on June 21 to celebrate International Yoga Day. Unlike some of the other ‘days’ like National Hot Dog Day or Respect Your Cat Day, International Yoga Day was sanctioned by the United Nations. Why? Because yoga is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, which in turn is an important goal for worldwide development.

While world harmony might be the wider goal, doing a special yoga practice (perhaps with a nice long shavasana!) is what the day is all about. And you don’t have to be celebrating from an ashram in India. There are also events happening in the UK. Here we roundup the best places to twist and bend your body this International Yoga Day.

Alexandra Palace, London

On the 18 June, join thousands of others for free yoga and meditation in the grounds of Alexandra Palace. With sessions led by prominent yoga teachers, this is the perfect London event to gather your friends and family for a few hours of yoga-induced bliss. Totally free and with classes for all experience levels, events will be running all day. Just cross your fingers for some sunshine!

Pokhara, Nepal

Away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Pokhara is another laid back gem in the foothills of the Himalayas on the Nepalese side. Situated lakeside with truly spectacular views of the mountain range, you won’t have any problem finding a beautiful spot to unroll your mat here. Choose from week-long retreats or pay-as-you-go yoga classes, and if you’re looking for a little more adventure than the gentle flow of vinyasa, there is some of the world’s best trekking at your doorstep. Yoga in the morning and trekking in the afternoon? The perfect way to spend International Yoga day.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the epicentre of all things health and wellbeing, and gorgeous yoga studios are a dime a dozen. Choose between doing your yoga practice in the green rice terraces, in a wooden-floored studio overlooking the jungle, or make the trek down to the coast for the day and salute the sun as the waves gently wash up onto the shore. Whatever your dream yoga scenario is, you can probably find it in Ubud.

For the very best yoga teaching and classroom settings in Ubud, head to the Yogabarn. This lush retreat is one of the largest retreat centres in South East Asia, and you’ll find a number of inspiring, healing and renewing programs here.

Rishikesh, India

Hailed as the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh is a city in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. This little Indian city was put on the map by the Beatles in the 60’s but today it’s renown as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. With more ashrams, retreats and yoga studios than any other location in India, there couldn’t be a more appropriate place to celebrate International Yoga Day.

You won’t have any trouble finding yoga-loving kindred spirits here, and if you’re toting along someone who isn’t into yoga, Rishikesh is also a popular base to go hiking in the Himalayas, or white water rafting along the mighty Ganges.

No matter where you are, even if you’re just at your favourite local yoga studio, International Yoga Day is the perfect day to celebrate your health and wellbeing. Namaste!


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