(Updated for 2019) Summer season is almost right around the corner, and if you are eager to make the most out of your this year’s summer vacation, to explore different forms of yoga, learn new things from new yoga teachers but also other participants – then you have to visit yoga festivals.
Yoga is taking Europe by storm – festivals, conferences, studios are popping up almost daily and it’s getting harder to make a decision which one to attend, so I’ll try to make things easier by suggesting one festival per one spring/summer month for the 2019 yoga festival season.
From the chillout city atmosphere of always interesting Berlin to stunning nature of France and Bulgaria, here are the top 3 yoga festivals in Europe 2019:
May 24-26, 2019 – Berlin, Germany
Berlin Yoga Conference
“Berlin Yoga Conference strives to create an authentic yoga experience and is open to everyone no matter what personal background, yoga experience, or level. Anyone who is interested in a healthy lifestyle and ethical living is welcome!”
July 05-07, 2019 – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Chamonix Yoga Festival
“Yoga at the foot of Mont Blanc,outdoor classes in the city center or at 2000 meters altitude and indoors classes held by world famous teachers.”
August 14-19, 2019 – Pravets Resort, Bulgaria
All inclusive yoga event with 5 nights at Pravets Resort, 3 buffet meals a day and airport shuttle all included in the price of your ticket, located on the shore of Pravets Lake nestled between two pristine mountain ranges, just 45 minutes from the capital city of Sofia, Bulgaria – guys, Udaya Live Retreat is one of the best yoga festivals happening in SE Europe in 2019.
Did you know?
When it comes to yoga in Europe, some attribute its popularity to Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk who toured Europe and the U.S. in the 1890s to spread knowledge about Hinduism among intellectuals.
The word itself, translated from Vedic Sanskrit, literally means “to join”, “to unite” or “to add” and comes from the root “yuj”. There are lots of meanings of this term, and among the most common ones are “method”, “connection” and “addition” or “combined”.
The ultimate goal is liberation, although the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.