The summer is filling up with yoga festivals, which combine sessions with top yoga instructors with live music, often in an idyllic, natural setting. These festivals are big business though, so expect to encounter a measure of commerce with your bliss. You will definitely see the names of major yoga companies writ large as sponsors and vendors.
Ambitious yoga festivals like Wanderlust have set the bar high by booking big name teachers and popular music acts, but smaller, regional festivals are also popping up. Yoga festivals are part of a growing trend in destination yoga (traveling for a large yoga gathering), which also includes yoga conferences and yoga retreats.
U.S. Yoga Festivals 2013
Wanderlust, Termas De Chillan, Chile, February 15-17
Wanderlust, Oahu, Hawaii, February 28-March 3
Tadasana Festival, Santa Monica, California
Hanuman Festival, Boulder, Colorado
Wanderlust Vermont, Stratton, Vermont
Wanderlust, Copper Mountain, Colorado
Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride, Colorado, July 11-14
Wanderlust, Squaw Valley, California,
Wanderlust, Whistler, British Columbia,
Evolvefest, Vernon, New Jersey
Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree, California, September 5-8