Every month is yoga month in my opinion, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September is officially the month where yoga gets some much-deserved time in the spotlight. Apparently somebody felt that yoga’s health and fitness benefits warranted some national attention. I couldn’t agree more.
With the help of 501(c)3 non-profit Yoga Health Foundation and several thousand yoga studios across the country, September as National Yoga Month promotes an awareness of the health benefits of yoga and offer tools and inspiration for living healthy lives and enhancing well-being.
You can benefit by signing up at the YHF website and selecting a participating studio near you for a week of free yoga. Try a basics class if you’ve never practiced before or experiment with a new studio. I’m traveling soon and I used this as an opportunity to get some free yoga away from home! Bottom line: yoga is great, free is great, and free yoga is even better!
Plus, YHF writes: “As the culmination of Yoga Month, every year on September 30, individuals across the globe are invited to practice yoga at 7pm as a part of a “wave” of yoga around the world.” What an amazing opportunity to connect your personal practice to the larger community and world around you!
In addition their promotional work for yoga month, Yoga Health Foundation also runs the Yoga Recess-in-Schools program, which offers resources to teachers to offer yoga in schools, fostering “health, happiness, creativity, compassion and integrity in students.” I got my yoga start in school and though I understand the current controversies around it, I believe that planting the seed of yoga in children is a beautiful thing.