June 21 is International Yoga Day. This day celebrates the physical and spiritual benefits that yoga has brought to the world as well as recognizing it as an important form of exercise.
While it has integrated well into American culture, the practice of yoga actually dates back centuries. It is believed to have originated in India at least 5,000 years ago. It was developed as a way to connect the mind, body and soul into enlightenment and became popularized more as an exercise method as it gained traction in the West.
The date of June 21 was chosen because it is also the Summer Solstice, the sunniest day of the year. The UN General Assembly moved to make International Yoga Day official in 2014 with support from more than 170 nations. Since it is a relatively new holiday, there aren’t any time-honored traditions. But since yoga is such an ancient art, there are many ways to adopt the lifestyle and incorporate this practice for exercise, inner healing, flexibility and more.
Are you looking to add yoga into your routine this summer or want to find new classes? Here are a few studios in the CSRA to check out:
Space Yoga Studio, 1502 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta
Space is the Augusta area’s first and only donation-based yoga studio that offers a range of classes such as Hot Power, Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga and more. The owners aim to make classes accessible in all ways from the physical to the financial. More info as well as a class schedule can be found here.
Oxygen Fitness Studio, 357 Highland Avenue, Augusta
The owners of Oxygen wanted to bring the lively atmosphere and cutting-edge group fitness classes they experienced in New York City to the Augusta area. They offer Hot Yoga, Flow & Chill, and Power Hour Yoga classes in addition to their wide variety of other workouts such as Spin and Pilates classes. Visit their website to sign up and view the classes offered.
Good Vibes Yoga, 4111 Riverwatch Parkway, Evans
Good Vibes provides a welcoming, educational and fun space for anyone to enjoy. They have pricing and class options here.
There are also many YMCA facilities in the area that offer yoga classes as part of their group class schedule.