13 Best Yoga Festivals and Events in the World [in 2021 and Beyond]

There’s nothing better than a few days of yoga, meditation, and music with like-minded yogis. That’s why there’s a growing number of yoga festivals around the world that cater to different types of yoga and provide different experiences.

In this guide, I’ve pulled together the 13 top yoga festivals in the world, with a mix of boutique festivals, exhibitions, and large-scale events. There are heaps more festivals so if you think of any that are worthy of this list, please let me know!

Yoga Festivals in the United States

Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Where? Various

When? Not Announced

Wanderlust isn’t one festival but a series of festivals that take place across the world. They bring together yoga and meditation programs, hikes, cycling, and incredible music lineups.

Past performers have included Moby, Common, Spoon, Girl Talk, Michael Franti, Andrew Bird, and Ziggy Marley.


Telluride Yoga Festival

Where? Telluride, Colarado, USA

When? Not Announced

Telluride Yoga Festival takes place in Telluride, Colorado, a former mining town in the Rocky Mountains that takes rural to the next level.

The festival helps you feel close to nature because you are close to nature! The 4-day event offers yogis the chance to get together for yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, and more.

They have some unique things which I love, such as SUP yoga and you can ride a gondola between classes.


Sat Nam Fest (East and West)

Where? Malibu (West) and Berkshires (East)

When? Not Announced

Sat Nam Fest is dedicated to kundalini yoga which is known for its high energy chanting, singing, breathing exercises, and repetitive poses. The idea behind Kundalini is that we have energy at the base of our spine and we can unblock our chakras to bring it out.

So, as you’d expect the festival includes lots of chanting and is very upbeat. Expect sacred mantra music, yoga sessions by kundalini yogis, deep soul uplifting sadhana and meditation, healing workshops, meals, and more.

They have both an East and West festival with the East taking place in Berkshires and the west taking place in Malibu.


Floyd Yoga Jam

Where? Floyd County, Virginia, USA

When? September 2nd – 5th

This 4-day festival takes place every labor day weekend in Floyd County, Virginia. Accommodation includes car camping, RV camping, glamping tents, and more.

Expect a weekend of speakers, workshops, and music of every genre including Kirtan, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, World Electronic, Country, Blue Grass, Indie, and Rock.

There’s also the Yoga Jam Art Village!  Where you can create your own Dream Catcher or Mandala painting. For those more active, there are hikes, bikes, and a 5k run.


Yoga Festivals Elsewhere in North America

Banff Yoga Festival

Where? Banff National Park, Canada

When? Not Announced

This is a boutique wellness festival which covers everything to do with yoga, meditation, self-care, green cuisine, and outdoor adventure.

There are group classes, yoga talks, cooking classes, workshops an organic wellness market, and more. Plus, the location is stunning, Banff National Park, where you’ll be surrounded by nature and rugged mountains.


Yoga Festivals in Europe

Awake Celebration

Where? Portugal

When? September 2nd – 5th 2021

On every other day of the year, Awakeland Portugal is a meditation retreat and reforestation project that’s quiet and peaceful, in fact, they host some of the best yoga retreats in Portugal.

However, at their annual Awake Celebration, expect 4 days of yoga and meditation workshops,


Om Yoga Show

Where? Manchester/London, UK

When? 2022

Taking place in London and Manchester in the UK, the Om Yoga Show is a weekend-long exhibition that claims to be the biggest yoga gathering in Europe.

There are workshops, free yoga classes, and hundreds of exhibitors showing off the latest yoga accessories, clothing, jewelry, equipment, and retreats.


The Yoga Games (The Nordic Yoga Conference)

Where? Scandinavia

When? Spring 2022 (Not Announced)

The Yoga Games hosts events in Scandinavia throughout the year, spanning Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Copenhagen, and Oslo. However, the one to look out for is their annual conference which has previously taken place in Malmo.

At this 3 day event, they have lectures and workshops from international, national, and local presenters. There are classes to join for free at their yoga studio and events that will appeal to both yogis and yoga instructors.


Hvaler Yoga Festival

Where? Hvaler, Norway

When? July 8th – 10th 2022

Sticking with the Nordic countries in Europe, next up is Hvaler Yoga Festival which takes place on a car-free island called Søndre Sandøy in Hvaler, Norway.

This is a small, boutique yoga festival with a handful of yoga instructors and a fairytale-like atmosphere. Expect yoga classes in the tent, on the beach, and in the nearby forest.

At the festival, they focus on 4 main types of yoga; Jivamukti yoga, yin yoga, yinyasa (yin yoga with small elements from vinyasa), and medical yoga.


Charmonix Yoga Festival

Where? Chamonix, France

When? Not Announced

Located in the foothills of Mont Blanc and surrounded by glaciers, this is one of Europe’s most beautiful festivals.

The 3-day event attracts speakers and teachers from all walks of yoga, including vinyasa, flow yoga, satyam, raja, and more. Plus, there are lots of training sessions, dance, mediation classes, and workshops.


Yoga Festivals in Asia

International Yoga Festival

Where? Rishikesh, India

When? Not Announced

The International Yoga Festival attracts around 2000 visitors each year to its location in Rishikesh in northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas along the sacred Ganges river. It claims to be the birthplace of yoga and is a popular destination for yogis looking for spirituality and solitude.

At the week-long event, you can try every major type of yoga and hear from enlightened Spiritual Leaders, Teachers, Thought Leaders, and Wellness Specialists from many countries. 

Be prepared for a long week as those dedicated enough for Kundalini sadhana will need to be up at  4 am.


Bali Spirit Festival

Where? Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

When? April 5 – 10, 2022

The Bali Spirit Festival was established back in 2018 to draw on the Balinese Hindu idea of Tri Hita Karana: living harmoniously with our spiritual, social, and natural environments.

During the festival, you’ll experience yoga, dance, music, world-renowned teachers, and performers, all at an open-air venue surrounded by nature and a sacred river.

It’s no wonder that this epic festival attracts 5000 people every year.


Yoga Festivals in South America

Envision Festival

Where? Uvita, Costa Rica

When? 2022 (Not Announced)

Envision Festival is a combination of education, adventure, community, yoga, and music. It takes place at Rancho la Merced, a wildlife refuge in Costa Rica where you’ll be surrounded by lush jungles but with the beach just on your doorstep too.

At this festival, you’ll find yoga classes from world-class instructors, workshops, art, and the opportunity to try your hand at some more adventurous activities such as surfing, canyoning, kayaking, horseback riding, and more.

Oen thing I love about this festival is that they are welcoming to solo travelers with onsite gatherings and dedicated camping areas to help you make friends.

Carly

Carly has been practicing yoga for almost a decade and in 2015 she completed her yoga teacher training. Carly now lives in Bali and works remotely, teaching yoga as a passion and side hustle.

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