Happy International Yoga Day!

Expressing gratitude for everything this practice brings to us

Namaste beloved Wolfpack,

We write to you today with joyous hearts on International Yoga Day (and the solstice)! So, high five one of your yoga buddies, drop into a deep meditation, do a handstand, or just say a little internal ‘thank you’ to yourself for being here and inviting yoga in your world!

At Breathe and Flow HQ, we feel like every day is happy yoga day but it’s exciting that this day being marked and celebrated internationally means that even more people might be inspired to join the yoga movement and hear about the wonders of this beautiful, healing practice that enriches our lives in countless ways.

It’s an opportunity to express gratitude for the blessings yoga has bestowed upon us and to honor the ancient lineage of yogis who have preserved and shared this sacred knowledge through the ages.

If you fancy getting into the spirit and celebrating during this week, we’ve got a few suggestions below for you to incorporate into your practice. To celebrate the occasion, we’ll be doing our own meditation this week at the top of Lone Mountain here in Vegas followed by plenty of Ailo cuddles. Meditation outside definitely offers a different experience and brings a sense of grounding, connection, and perspective. Join us in the celebrations and try a few suggestions below!

  • Seva (Selfless Service): Embrace the spirit of seva, by extending acts of kindness to those around you. Offer your assistance, lend a listening ear, or engage in charitable activities that align with the values of yoga. Create some positive ripples in the world!

  • Morning Sun Salutations: Welcome the day with a series of Sun Salutations, gracefully flowing through the sequence as you connect your breath with movement. Let the rising sun infuse you with warmth, vitality, and a renewed sense of purpose. Be sure to add in some twists and side bends to balance the asana portion of the saggital plane sun salutations (which is why we rarely teach them in class!)

  • Get outdoors: Take your practice to your local park, on the terrace, in the garden, at the beach or even in the woods or forest. Take note of the different sounds, smells and sights when you take your practice into nature. Consider spending some time walking around barefoot in nature afterwards to electrically ground to earth.

  • Self-Reflection and Journaling: Set aside some quiet time for introspection. Capture your thoughts and insights in a journal, allowing your pen to flow freely.

  • Community: Organize or join a local yoga event in your area. Come together with like-minded individuals, sharing in the collective energy and spreading the love and light of yoga. You can connect with fellow yogis on our Discord channels too!

  • Learn: Try something new in your practice. Start your day with this 25 minute flow to elevate your day, give this powerful Tummo breathing exercise a go, or perfect your foundational poses like chaturanga with our tutorial videos.

As we come together as a global yoga community, let us embrace unity, peace, and harmony. Let us celebrate the profound journey of self-discovery and self-realization that yoga offers us.

We wish you a truly blissful International Yoga Day filled with love, connection, and deep gratitude. May your practice continue to illuminate your path and inspire you to live a life of purpose, balance, dignity, love, and joy.

With gratitude and a virtual high five,

P.S If you’re looking for some guidance on how to integrate yoga into your everyday routine but don’t know where to start, check out our yoga calendar and follow along our handpicked program for a month at any level you choose!

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Yoga News: It’s for everyone!

Did you know?

Yoga is (at least) over 5000 years old!

300 million people practice yoga worldwide. 50,000 of you are practicing with us DAILY on our YouTube channel!

The original purpose of yoga was self-realization, spiritual enlightenment, and union with the divine.

Increased flexibility is the biggest reason people practice yoga today.

More surprising facts here.

Yoga is not just for grown ups! Millions of children worldwide enjoy the yoga and mindfulness videos created by Cosmic Kids founder Jaime Amor.

Dubbed the ‘modern-day Mary Poppins”, Jaime Amor has recently created a series of tools for Children’s Mental Health Week. We think this is awesome - you’re never too young or too old to enjoy the benefits of yogic lifestyle. Read the full article here.

And from our younger to our older friends, yoga is a great way in step into your later years with a strong resilient body and mind. So why not invite some of your older pals or family members along next time you roll out your mat?

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