September is National Yoga Month — Here’s How You Can Get Involved
National Yoga Month is a campaign started by The Yoga Health Foundation to build awareness around the benefits of yoga and healthy lifestyle choices. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never stepped foot onto a yoga mat, you’ve been to a handful of classes, you’re a hardcore yoga veteran, or a yoga teacher or studio owner, there are many cool ways to share in the collective consciousness of National Yoga Month.
Why get involved?
The health benefits of yoga are tremendous and range from decreased levels of stress to improvement in circulation and posture, improved bone health, increased flexibility and physical strength, and improved physical health overall. There’s also the benefits of increased mental clarity and focus, a boost in immune system functionality and mood, improved sleep, and an increase in overall sense of well-being.
Taking part in National Yoga Month allows you to be involved in a Global Initiative that will do something good for your body, and in turn, your community and the world. Just think, if everyone in the world put forth the self-love and energy to get on their cushions and meditate daily, there would probably be a lot more good, patience, peace and understanding in the world.
—How To Get Involved—
Like to party? Try Bhaktifest!
In California or headed that way? Bhaktfest is a lively music and yoga festival, likely to deepen your understanding of yoga and your yoga practice, plus a great way to connect with like-minded people. It’s happening September 9 to14. Click here for more details. (Even though I share the same name, I had nothing to do with this one.)
Especially for Students
Check out your local studio and see if they are offering a free week of yoga in honor of National Yoga Month, as some studios do.
If you don’t have a local studio or are interested in a whole month of free yoga please join me and The Yoga Wellness Space for our online National Yoga Month Challenge. Each day during National Yoga Month we’ll be offering a 10 minute yoga sequence, consisting of three new yoga poses. To join the challenge, follow The Yoga Wellness Space on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Each day a new video will be uploaded on Facebook and YouTube for you to practice to. Just think, even if you’re brand new to yoga, after 30 days of yoga and three yoga poses daily you’ll know 90 yoga poses by the time National Yoga Month is through!
Offer one week of free yoga: What a karmic-ly rich way to expose others to this beautiful practice! Visit The Yoga Health Foundation’s site and learn how to get the word out that you’re participating in National Yoga Month with a week of free yoga for studio visitors.
Global Mala Project
The Global Mala Project is an initiative created by one of my personal favorite teachers, Shiva Rea. Here is a blurb from GMP, as seen on their website: “The Global Mala Project is uniting yoga, service and collective action. The purpose of the project is to bring the global yoga community together from every continent, school and approach to form a ‘mala around the earth’ through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 (108 Surya Namaskar, Mantra, Kriya, Meditation).”
If you are studio owner or a student who would like to get your studio involved click here to learn how.
National Yoga Month Goes Global on Sept 30th
On the final day of National Yoga Month is a special opportunity to host a class in your community. This endeavor is led with the spirit that on this day, all over the world, there will be numbers beyond numbers of people practicing yoga and meditation, in groups and by themselves, in an effort to promote health and mindfulness individually and collectively. You don’t have to be involved in a yoga community to participate, but if you are looking to find a yoga community, this month is the perfect time. Learn more at yogahealthfoundation.org.
There are so many ways to join in and celebrate National Yoga Month — the possibilities are endless really. If you think of more ways to be involved and/or donate please share. Join in on the online National Yoga Month Challenge with The Yoga Wellness Space and visit Yoga Health Foundation to get your Free Week of Yoga Pass.
Breathe, be and have fun!