Summer Yoga Festivals

It’s festival season, and if you’re a community-minded yogi, you have a wealth of options for great yoga festivals to attend! Grab your yoga mat, and let’s take a look at some of the most popular and interesting yoga-oriented events coming up in July:

 

1. Wanderlust

 

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One of the biggest festival series in the United States, Wanderlust comes to both Colorado and British Columbia in July. Each of their retreats takes place at a beautiful and natural resort, and you can experience yoga, meditation, workshops and a number of other activities geared towards the festivals’ active and mindful participants. You’ll also enjoy performances by notable musical guests – in the past, Wanderlust has hosted artists like Moby, Girl Talk, Michael Franti and Ziggy Marley!

 
2. Telluride Yoga Festival

 

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Also in Colorado, there’s the Telluride Yoga Festival. Nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains, you can enjoy yoga practice in a huge variety of styles, along with Ayurvedic workshops, group hikes and Reiki instruction.

 

3. Yoga Festival Berlin

For European yogis, Berlin’s Yoga Festival is coming soon! There will be dozens of inspiring guests and speakers, focusing on a number of topics and disciplines including Buddhism, meditation, detoxification and Kundalini.

 

4. cOMmon Grounds Yoga and Music Festival

Yoga and music go hand in hand! The annual cOMmon Grounds Yoga and Music Festival takes place at a picturesque campground outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota. There are daily yoga classes and concerts of course, but the festival also offers evening movies, drumming circles, hiking, biking and more!

 

5. International Tantra Festival

 

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This festival, dedicated to the ancient practice of Tantra, will be held at a beautiful resort in Estonia, with lakeside camping available to all attendees. This program focuses on both the spiritual and physical aspects of Tantra, inspiring its participants to fully embrace life and love with a broad range of workshops.

 

6. Northwest Yoga Feast

 

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And back in our neck of the woods, we have the Northwest Yoga Feast in northern Idaho – that’s right, it’s now Yoga Feast, not just Yoga Fest! Featuring Seattle-based chef Karrian Neal, this event will feed both mind and body. The chef’s menus focus on “conscious consumption” and are all vegetarian and vegan. But the yoga doesn’t take a back seat to the food – there are tons of classes, ranging from Acro Yoga to Vinyasa.

And for yoga on the go, check out Barefoot Yoga’s convenient yoga mat bags, which are perfect to tote all your festival necessities this summer!

 

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This post was written by Lauren on June 29, 2015

Yogis & Tattoos: A Beautiful and Personal Expression of Yoga, Art, and Spirituality

Tattoos can be a way of expressing many things – belief, spirituality, personal growth, memories, love, and much more. They can be used to mark a significant event in a person’s life, or as an expression of an important value or ideology.

Tattooing has been practiced since Neolithic times, and its importance seems likely to extend far into the future.

There are many symbols that resonate and have meaning for yogis across the globe, and as a form of deeply personal and artistic expression some decide to add one, two, or many, of these beautiful and significant designs to their body.

 

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1. Om symbol

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The sacred mantra, believed to have first been used in the Upanishads. Om represents all that has been, is, and will be.

 

2. Hamsa

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A sacred design symbolizing protection from the evil eye, and blessing the wearer with strength and power.

 

3. Pink Lotus Flower

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In Hinduism, the pink lotus flower, also know as Padma (the sacred lotus), represents beauty, purity, divinity, and the expansion of one’s soul. It is a symbol associated with many Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Lakshmi and Vishnu.

 

4. Just Breathe

 

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Focusing on breath is an intrinsic part of yoga practice and meditation.

 

5. Namaste

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A greeting used often by Hindus in India, as well as many people internationally. A respectful, warm, and welcome greeting used for both hello and goodbye, namaste is used as an expression that honors the light, beauty, and divinity in the person you are directing it towards.

 

6. Sanskrit Wording

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Sanskrit wording from ancient yogic texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, or simply Sanskrit wording meaningful to one’s self, is a striking and meaningful tattoo.

Come visit us at barefootyoga.com today to expand your practice.

 

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This post was written by Carolina on June 22, 2015

Yoga Trends: Aqua Yoga

 

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Want to try out a fun and different way to practice? Jump off the mat and into the pool!

Aqua yoga is a great way to relax, relieve tension and tone muscles. It’s super low-impact, making it great for those with flexibility or joint issues. A huge number of poses can be modified for an aquatic environment, and many will be easier because you don’t feel the same effects of gravity in the water. This is a great way to build confidence and get into poses that you might not be ready for on land.

But aqua yoga isn’t just for beginners or less flexible folks; there’s something for advanced practitioners, too! Some aspects of aqua yoga can be difficult at first – even if you’re a seasoned yogi – because the resistance of the water creates new challenges. This enables you to build strength and use muscles that you may not have engaged before.

When you’re ready for dry land again, visit www.barefootyoga.com for all your yoga needs. For joint pain, try our Hybrid Eco Mats, bolsters and Mexican blankets for restorative yoga.

 

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This post was written by Lauren on June 19, 2015