September is National Yoga Month, and what better way to celebrate the end of summer than by acknowledging your love for your yoga practice?
Designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a month-long observance and awareness campaign, yogis across the nation (and the world, too) are encouraged to inspire and encourage others about the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you’re a beginner yogi, and advanced yogi, or even an aspiring yogi, there are lots of things you can do to celebrate National Yoga Month this September.
Take Yoga Classes for Free
Over 1,600 yoga studios across the US are offering one week of free yoga classes to new students during the month of September. Participating yoga studios will be accepting Yoga Month Cards that you can print and redeem for free classes and other special offers, which you can obtain from the Yoga Health Foundation website. If you know of or already attend a studio that isn’t participating, you can also invite them to participate by encouraging them to sign up.
Find a Yoga Event Near You
In addition to classes, over a thousand yoga events are scheduled to take place across the country this September for National Yoga Month. You can use the Yoga Health Foundation’s Yoga Events Search page to enter a street, city, or ZIP code and select a radius to search for events that are happening near you.
Bring a Friend or Relative
Perhaps your friends and relative have already heard you rant and rave about yoga, so why not show them instead? Invite anyone—total beginner or seasoned practitioner—to join you in a class or at an event. Remember to emphasize that yoga classes at participating studios are free for a whole week, so they have nothing to lose!
Become a National Yoga Month Ambassador
The Yoga Health Foundation is happy to take volunteers who are willing to help spread awareness about yoga and National Yoga Month within their own community and throughout their state. As an ambassador, you’ll introduce yoga to fellow community members that are new to practicing and work with experienced instructors and other yogis to hold local events for the community. The Yoga Health Foundation has a PDF or Word doc that you can print and hand out to studio owners and teachers in your local area.
Make a Donation to the Yoga Community
If you can’t find any participating studios or events near you, you can always do your part by helping to bring yoga to other communities in the country and across the globe. The Yoga Health Foundation accepts donations of any amount to help support National Yoga Month and its Yoga-Recess in School awareness campaigns. You can also donate your old yoga mat and other yoga items to causes like Yoga Foster, Project Yogi, and Yoga Activist—all of which will take your gently used items and use them in programs designed to bring yoga to communities and groups that have little to no access to the practice.
Happy National Yoga Month!