Coming up, Times Square in New York City transforms into an oasis of tranquility for Mind Over Madness while the yogic masses head to Vermont for Wanderlust.
Mind Over Madness
New York, New York
On June 20, thousands of yogis will be seeking tranquility and flexibility in one of the busiest places on earth, Times Square, as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event. The day-long free yoga event, sponsored by Athleta and held at Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets, happens every year to mark the summer solstice. The event features musical performances, speakers, raffles, and free giveaways. The day's scheduled free yoga classes are 7:30am-8:45am, 12:30pm-2pm (Bikram), and 3:30pm-4:45pm, and 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Preregister and learn more at Timessquarenyc.org.
June 21-24: Bondville, Vermont, USA
July 5-8 Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado, USA
This annual festival is all about yoga, music, and nature. Days are for downward dogs with 40+ yoga instructors including the Village Anusara with YogaSlackers, a play lounge, hoop dance, hikes, and meditation. Headliners include Ziggy Marly, Deepra Chopra, Shiva Rea, Krishna Das, and Seane Corn. Nights are hedonistic dance parties featuring top musical acts and DJs. Sister events happen in Colorado on July 5-8, California's Squaw Valley on July 26-29, and Whistler, BC, on August 23-26. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2CtxNNxBM0
International Surf Day
Surfers around the world will take to the waves to celebrate their sport on International Surf Day, now in its ninth edition. Last year nearly 200 events took place in more than 30 countries around the globe, and this year expects the same, as surfers and paddle-boarders mobilize for a celebration of free concerts, surf lessons and demos, parties, beach clean-ups, and contests.
pHealth is celebrating its ninth annual event as the leading international conference devoted to wearable micro nano technologies for personalized health. The event is designed for health professionals and scientists but there will be lots of new "future" medicine and therapies revealed. http://www.phealth2012.com
IDEA World Fitness Convention
San Diego, California, US
Now in its 30th year, the IDEA World Fitness Convention is one of the largest and oldest trade events for fitness professionals. More than 5,000 influential fitness and wellness professionals from 65 nations will participate in hundreds of sessions devoted to new fitness trends. After this event, fitness centers globally will be introducing new classes, techniques and products.
Yoga Journal Conference: San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
Thousands of yogis will flock to San Diego to stretch, mix, and mingle with some of yoga's top teachers at one of the premier yoga events in the world. More than 100 classes will be taught by more than 35 master and celebrity yoga teachers, including Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, and Cyndi Lee. Colorado event happens September 30-October 7.
Reebok CrossFit Games 2011
Carson, California, USA
The CrossFit Games event is the final competition in a series in which the world's fittest, who have triumphed in regionals and sectionals around the world, come together to compete for the grand prize. The first place male and female individual winners will each receive $250,000. CrossFit is about metabolic conditioning and combines a series of intense, fast workouts without machines for core strengthening and conditioning including weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics.
Bliss Beat Festival
Devotion, music, and yoga are on tap at this unique international English-language festival in Northern Italy. The program combines hatha yoga, DJs, dancing, and chanting; a sister event happens in London on October 27 and 29.