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The Longest Day Summer Solstice Yoga Celebrations

The official start of summer, marking the longest day of the year, will include the recognition and celebration of the practice of yoga. The United Nations has declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga, co-sponsored by 175 countries, including the United States. The recognition acknowledges that yoga supports a holistic approach to health and well-being.

On that same day, Indy’s largest yoga event will take place on Monument Circle in downtown Indy. The 3rd annual Monumental Yoga encourages yogis of every skill level to participate, arrive early and bring their own mat and water. Pre-event festivities will kick off at 10 a.m., with a Yoga Village and live music, along with guided meditation starting at 10:30 a.m.

Beginning at noon, the main group yoga class will be led by five teachers and supported with instructors scattered around the Circle to help with alignment and basic yoga postures. Following the event, join Morter HealthCenter and Dr. Sue Morter to Maximize Your Yoga Practice: Get More Out of YOGA, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown. Simple demonstrations will show how yoga enhances energy flow, increases flexibility and strength, and supports a healthy lifestyle.

Organized by the Athenaeum Foundation, this free, family-friendly event designates a local charity partner each year. All proceeds from donations to this year’s edition will benefit Mighty Lotus, an organization working to empower underserved youth through the development of life skills using yoga, meditation and other awareness practices.

Also taking place on June 21, three local yoga studios will come together to present The Longest Day fundraising event on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association. Shine Yoga, Shamrock Wellness and Source Yoga will hold Summer Solstice Yoga from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 21 on the lawn at Fishers Amphitheatre to celebrate the official start of summer.

Owners from the three centers will lead a gentle, one-hour, family-friendly yoga practice during the event—bring a mat or beach towel to participate. All attendees will receive a glow stick and are invited to extend their visit by bringing a picnic to enjoy afterwards. Raffle tickets, lemonade and cookies will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, raffle tickets for door prizes will be available at the centers prior to and at the event.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the association is committed to accelerating the progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.

Monumental Yoga is a free event; donations are welcome. For more information, visit Monumental
Maximize Your Yoga Practice: Get More Out of YOGA is a free event; refreshments will be served. Benjamin Harrison Ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn, 10 East Market St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit
Summer Solstice Yoga is a free event; donations are welcome and participants can setup fundraising teams. Fishers Amphitheatre is located at 6 Municipal Dr., Fishers. For more information, register a team and to make a donation, visit or
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