(Updated for 2020) 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 three summer (all three held in June or July) festivals for the 2020 yoga festival season.
From the chillout city atmosphere of always interesting Berlin to stunning nature of France and Sweden, here are the top 3 yoga festivals in Europe 2020:
June 19-21, 2020 – Berlin, Germany
Berlin Yoga Conference
“In the first year of the conference Berlin YC went industrial, second year of the event the event goes classical, renting out Villa Elisabeth in the heart of Berlin Mitte.
A spacious foyer, a two floor gallery, staircases with iron railing, stuccoed pillars and arches, parquet floor, wooden panels and doors underline the historic charm of this carefully restored banqueting hall.
Apart from the villa, they will also make use of the gigantic church hall and the mini park/green space available for respectful encounter with the spirit, the nature and each other.”
July 03-05, 2020 – 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.”
June 27- July 04, 2020 – Divinya, Eslöv, Sweden
Yoga Mela is a vivid blend of Yoga, Sacred Music and life wisdom. An inspiration to be part of a living spirituality. The 8-day festival is both grounded and celestial – full of playfulness – allowing beautiful jewels of awakening consciousness to arise.
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.