The IYN Summer Festival of Yoga is the ultimate yogi destination in Britain. Yoga lovers will flock to Dorset from the 29th of May to the 1st of June. Gaunts House is a beautiful country house and the not for profit festival a fun, family friendly weekend for all. Day tickets start from £69. Booking ahead and staying in a nearby Travelodge is the perfect solution for all your accommodation worries, making sure you have a comfy place to sleep in after your busy day of yoga. Here’s what you can look forward to:
1. Great Classes
The main game of the festival is the abundance of classes to suit all kinds of yogis. The programme is jam packed with asana, pranayama, sound and voice classes including yoga touch and massage, chakradance, and morning yoga and yin yoga. You should be able to find a new kind of practice for you, as well as pushing your own style of yoga practice further. If you are used to asana practice, which are the movements of yoga, but still want to learn more about the breath and spiritual sides of yoga then the festival is the perfect launch pad for a better you.
2. Interesting Talks
Listening to some of the best yoga teachers in the country talk is many yoga lovers idea of a perfect weekend. Here you can listen to Ruth White in her interactive talk, “It’s not all about the body” which focuses on the way posture can effect the body and mind. Following that Daizan Skinner, the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Zen master, will talk about “The energetic basis of Zen practice”. Other talks include Uma Dinsmore-Tuli talk, “Yoni Shakti, A Radical History of Women in Yoga” and Pete Yates, “The Holographic Nature of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga”.
3. Rhythm and Dance
There is nothing more joyous than a good dance and unleashing your inner rhythm is a great way to let off some steam and get happy. Paul Collins’ class, “Move to the Elemental Rhythms” is a definite festival highlight. Described as “shake, rattle and roll for your soul” the dance class takes you on a journey aimed to unleash your internal light and release the soul. Richard Parker’s, “Drum Circle” is an exciting class using African drumming, movement and voice to help you feel deeply connected to each other through the sharing of music and expression.
4. Great Food
Great veggie food and unlimited tea, herbal tea and coffee are provided with your ticket so you really do get the complete health experience. If you have any other dietary requirements then feel free to mention when you are booking the ticket and all will be catered for!