(Updated for 2018) 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 summer month for the 2018 summer season.

From the chillout city atmosphere of beautiful Barcelona to stunning nature of Switzerland and Bulgaria, here are the top 3 yoga festivals in Europe 2018:

photo © Patricia Torales

July 19-23, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Yoga Conference

“The BYC is a Yogic Celebration open to people of all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. An uplifting open-hearted gathering with world-leading Yoga teachersand musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.”

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photo © Udaya Live

August 15-20, 2018 – 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 2018.

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© Geneva Yoga Festival

September 05-09, 2018 – Geneva Yoga Festival, Switzerland

“On the menu: 4 days of yoga, 48 workshops, including 8 intensive workshops on Thursday (Jeûne genevois), and 5 evenings in music (concerts, kirtans, DJ and OM chanting). One can also explore original practices such as Sufi dance and Chakra dance.”

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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.