June 21

Santa Fe Yoga Festival Summer Solstice Jam

First ever yoga on the Plaza marks the start of Santa Fe Yoga Festival's inaugural events

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Santa Fe Yoga Festival, which announced last month that it will host its inaugural, annual event at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa Labor Day Weekend 2014, will play host to a pre-festival summer solstice yoga session and music on Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza June 21 from 2 to 5 pm. The event, called Summer Solstice Jam, is free and open to the public and will act as an official kick off to an annual summer solstice event as well as the Labor Day Weekend festival. An after party will take place at the Burro Alley Café, where acoustic duo Stephanie Hatfield and Bill Palmer will play.

The Summer Solstice Jam is the first ever yoga event held on the Santa Fe Plaza in its 400 year history and will feature Emily Branden and Jeff Overlie, local yogis, as well as Shibana Singh and Melissa Spamer, who are all teaching different types of yoga. Branden and Overlie will teach a Vinyasa class while Spamer will be celebrating “Surya”—the great light, starting with a simple chant and teaching a slow flow with hip openers, backbends and twists. Singh will teach an all-level class with body movements to rhythmic music. DJ Oona Bender will spin music to accompany all teachers.

Giveaways will include a raffle to win tickets to the Santa Fe Yoga Festival three day event over Labor Day Weekend as well as certificates to be used at Bishop’s Lodge and Lulu Lemon.

“This is an amazing way for the public to enjoy a wellness event free of charge and learn a new way to be healthy and live well,” said festival producer and founder Kurt Young. “It’s all about community and sharing love.”

The Summer Solstice event is sponsored by Lululemon, Burro Alley Café, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa and Connie Young Real Estate. Bring water and a yoga mat.

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