International Day of Yoga is June 21
Since its declaration by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, June 21st has laid claim to the title of International Day of Yoga. The date, which is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also falls on the Summer Solstice, a date often celebrated in the yoga community. And in light of both festive occurrences, the Nashville yoga community is having a party: a yoga party, that is.
“This event just so closely aligns with [Small World Yoga’s] mission: making yoga accessible in the Nashville community,” said Liz Veyhl, SWY’s founder and owner.
An event that first premiered in Nashville in 2015 when the holiday was first celebrated worldwide, Liz says she was eager to do something that would bring the yoga community together and make the practice available for everybody. “So the idea behind this thing — being [that International Day of Yoga is] kind of like a World Peace Day where people are celebrating yoga and where yoga is happening all over the globe — it just kind of seemed like, how perfect is this?” said Liz. “It’s just totally in line with who we are and what we are, so, we figured, why not take it outside and make it free? There should be no barriers to entry for people. Let’s bring people together and celebrate yoga.”
Together with then fellow board members Jamal Hutchinson and Chris Byford, they organized their first IDY event and pretty much just hoped people would show up. Long story short, they did; almost 200 of them. And every year since, attendance has continued to grow — over 700 people showed up in 2017!
Liz founded Small World Yoga in 2014 with the vision of spreading yoga via outreach locations across Middle Tennessee. Through SWY, she introduced free yoga to the community in after-school programs, by offering it at public parks, and even brought yoga to Nashville’s prisons, intent on exposing the benefits that a yoga practice can have. And in mid-April of this year, she finally opened the doors to Nashville’s first-ever donation-based yoga studio, further expanding the availability of yoga to all people. But while Small World Yoga now has a permanent home on Music Row (1701 17th Ave South), they still serve the community outside of their walls. SWY has outreach in over 65 locations across Nashville, with upwards of 100 teachers committed to serving the community through yoga and meditation.
True to their mission, International Day of Yoga is an event open for all! Not only will the evening center around a 60-minute yoga class, led by some of our city’s most beloved teachers, but there will also be live music, food and drink for attendees to enjoy. The celebration will take place at Cumberland Park*, just next to Nissan Stadium. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm and last until about 9 pm with a one hour yoga class from 6:00 to 7:00.
So grab your mat and join Small World Yoga in celebrating yoga tomorrow evening. Click the button below to register for the event in advance (recommended), or heck, just show up and join in on the goodness.
Whether it’s your first time on a yoga mat or its your thousandth, everyone is welcome.
Small World Yoga will also be collecting gently used or new yoga mats, and there is a suggested donation of $5 to support Small World Yoga’s local community outreach.
*The event will take place rain or shine and there is a rain plan in motion! Follow @smallworldyoga on Instagram for Rain Plan updates.