Where to Celebrate International Day of Yoga in Boston


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In 2014, the United Nations designated June 21 the International Day of Yoga, as a way to promote the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of practicing yoga. This year’s Yoga Day theme is Yoga for Health, in honor of the practice’s many contributions to holistic well-being.

Local studios and instructors are embracing the theme with open arms, offering special classes—many of them free—in observance of the day. Here’s where to celebrate the International Day of Yoga in Boston:

Outdoor Yoga in Brookline: Start your celebrations early with a free outdoor class on Tuesday evening. Some of Brookline’s best yoga instructors will gather to teach an open-air class at Cypress Field.

Free, 6/20, 7 p.m. Cypress Field, 115 Greenough St., Brookline, brooklinehub.com.

Yoga at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel: The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel and Candace Moore, founder of YogaByCandance and author of Namaslay, are hosting several International Yoga Day classes that benefit nonprofit Yoga Reaches Out. They include:

  • A 6 a.m. flow followed by light snacks and a book signing ($10, register here)
  • A lunchtime class including a light meal and a book signing ($10, register here)
  • An evening flow accompanied by a live drummer and followed by cocktails and a book signing ($15, register here)

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge.

Beach Yoga on the Cape: If you can escape to the Cape, join the fun at Brewster’s new Beach House Spa. You can choose between a free 7 a.m. hatha class on the spa’s private beach, or a free 8:30 a.m. vinyasa class on the front lawn.

Free, 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Beach House Spa, 2907 Main St., Brewster, eventbrite.com.

Yoga for Smiles: Celebrate International Day of Yoga while doing good for others. This donation-based CorePower Yoga class benefits Smile Train, which provides cleft palate surgeries for children in developing countries.

Suggested $10+ donation, 4:30 p.m. CorePower Yoga, 170R Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cambridge, corepoweryoga.com.

World Yoga Day with Athleta: Celebrate the International Day of Yoga and the summer solstice with Athleta and instructor Sara DiVello. After a free class in the Public Garden, you’ll return to the store for beauty giveaways, drinks, and snacks. One lucky guest will also win a weekend pass to the Nantucket Yoga Festival.

Free, 6 p.m. Athleta, 92 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Summer Solstice Yoga with Sound Bath: Engage all of your senses with a slow flow set to the soothing sounds of Himalayan and crystal singing bowls. The second half of class will transition into Thai massage and hands-on assists.

$40+, 6 p.m. Ebb n’ Flow Yoga, 265 Main St., Northborough, ebbflowyoga.com.

SUP Yoga: SUP-Yo just so happens to be bringing its stand-up paddleboard yoga class to Boston on the International Day of Yoga. The challenging format is sure to expand your practice.

$40, 6:30 p.m. Gillette Dock, Fort Point Pier, Boston, sup-yo.com.

Yoga Under the Stars: End the day on a high note with a free evening class at the Street. The event includes live music, refreshments, and giveaways.

Free, 7 p.m. The Street at Chestnut Hill, 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, eventbrite.com.

Acoustic Yoga in the Park: Soak in the International Yoga Day vibes with an outdoor class set to live music. Yoga will be taught by instructor Laura Loewy, and music will be provided by Iliya Yanamecho.

$10, 7 p.m. Prospect Park, 70 Munroe St., Somerville, eventbrite.com.

Relax and Breathe Workshop: Wind down with a workshop focused on pranayama, or conscious breathing. By the end of the session, you’ll feel relaxed and restored.

$25, 7 p.m. Artemis Yoga, 639 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, artemisyoga.com.

Endurance Pilates and Yoga: Stretch the good vibes into Thursday with a free evening class at Endurance. Email christie@endurancepilates.com to register.

Free, 7:30 p.m. Endurance Pilates and Yoga, 1636 Washington St., Boston, endurancepilatesandyoga.com.