(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 city atmosphere of Amsterdam to stunning nature of the Greek island of Corfu, here are the top 3 yoga festivals in Europe 2018:
Date 2018 – TBA – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A two-day festival where soul, mind and body come together in one of the most exciting neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
YogaFest Amsterdam will be held at het Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam – 14-hectare city park, designed by Kathryn Gustafson. It is not only a perfect place to relax in natural surroundings, but also a venue for digital art and culture.
July 19-23, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Yoga Conference
Open to people from all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. Barcelona Yoga Conference is an uplifting open hearted gathering with world leading Yoga teachers and musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.
The BYC will be held at the ‘Escola del Sagrat Cor’ located at the ‘Sarrià’ neighbourhood, Barcelona.
Date 2018 – TBA – Corfu, Greece
Sound & Silence: Move: Embody Dance & Yoga
This is a combo of three events called “Move”, “Listen” and “Be”. Each gathering includes daily concerts and other artistic performances, group sessions of yoga, meditation, sound healing and dance; art, nature, astrology workshops, delicious vegetarian food, blue flag beaches, mud baths & crystal clear waters. “Move” part of the gathering is dedicated to dance & yoga.
The gathering will take place at Artemis Grove, a newly built outdoor venue nesting under shady olive trees and offering breathtaking views of mountain and sea.
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.