Summer Yoga Events & Escapes

Some people like to laze away the summer months at barbecues and baseball games, while others prefer to run, bike, swim, surf, and soak up every extra hour of daylight in more physical pursuits. Of course, most of us enjoy a combination of the two, happy languishing in a hammock or hanging off a rock face, reading a book by the shore or practicing sun salutations on a sunny porch.

To help yogis maximize their leisure time during the summer months, many event organizers and yoga teachers offer unique, yoga-inspired experiences. These events range in size and vibe, from intimate island retreats to high-profile festivals featuring celebrity musicians and yoga teachers.
Here’s a cursory list of key yoga events this summer. I plan to participate in many of them and wish event organizers and presenters (many of whom are readers, supporters, and friends) much luck as they entertain and inspire yogis around the country.
Event organizers, Flavorpill, anticipate 10,000 yogi attendees to take class taught by Elena Brower in New York City’s Central Park. I’ll be there: representing in the press tent, assisting class, taking in musical performances by Buddy Wakefield, Grammy nominee Dalien, WAH!, and others, and catching up with NYC Gal over Pinkberry afterward . . . Don’t be silly; she won’t be at the event. It’s during happy hour, people. My ode to Pinkberry, below.
June 26-July 2, Urban Yoga Retreat
Conceptualized by my friend and fellow Boston-based yoga teacher, Chanel Luck, the Urban Yoga Retreat allows busy yogis to go on a retreat but save their vacation days. Classes occur in the early morning and evening each day, with a more intensive workshop on the weekend. I’ll be guest teaching on Wednesday, June 30. The program is hosted by the swish Sports Club/LA. Check out the clip below, featuring Chanel and me playing with our food– an obvious sign you’ll have fun in our yoga classes, too.
Packed with veterans to the yoga conference teaching circuit, such as Richard Freeman and Tias Little, and new faces like Alanna Kaivalya and Scott Blossom, this weekend features topnotch yoga classes, music, and unbeatable scenery.
With most concerts and many yoga classes held outside against a picturesque Colorado backdrop, it’s easy to imagine reaching elevated states of consciousness at this Aspen event. Featured teachers include fellow Intent voice and blogger David Romanelli, known for his wine, chocolate, and yoga workshops, and Lisa Black, a Baptiste alum like myself and the owner of Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Seattle, WA, along with many other talented teachers.

July 25-28 and July 29-August 1, Yoga on the Vineyard
My first summer job was aboard the Island Queen, a ferry which travels to and from Falmouth, MA and Martha’s Vineyard, so my Cape Cod roots and love for the Vineyard run deep. I’ll use any excuse to pack up and set sail for the preferred island retreat of the Clintons, the Obamas, Spike Lee, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and others. For yogis, Amy Leydon’s retreats, boasting hearty doses of yoga, mindfulness, local cuisine, sun, and sea, provide the perfect opportunity for you and your yoga mat to wash ashore.
The most high profile yoga event of the summer, this festival in Tahoe, each year, features classes and concerts from big names in yoga and entertainment. This year, headlining yoga teachers include Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste, and more, along with musical performances by Michael Franti, the Brazilian Girls, Moby, MC Yogi, and oodles of groovin’ others.
Please feel free to add your own yoga events and escapes by posting a comment.
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  • online events registration

    Nice and very informative yoga blog. i saw the video which is awesome.

  • Melissa Silversmith

    Thanks for sharing. I was not able to join the Summer Solstice Yoga today but I look forward to the other yoga events. :)


  • Gayle Holm

    I'm hosting the East Meets West Neighmaste Yoga Retreat at my ranch in Florida October 22-24, 2010. 4 weekend yoga classes, wine tasting, great meals incl. Massage avail. Details at

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