Indiana & Yoga Magazine Summer 2016 Issue 1 - Page 13

COMMUNITY 4th Annual Monumental Yoga Tuesday, June 21st, 4:30-8:30pm Each summer solstice, in the heart of Indianapolis, yoga mats overrun Monument Circle and the streets are transformed into the largest free yoga class in Indiana. Organized by the Athenaeum Foundation, yoga instructors from several local yoga studios help teach the class, and dozens more volunteer to assist the crowd of about 2,500 people who may need individual attention on their yoga mat. Experiencing a yoga class of this magnitude, along with performances by musicians, the Acro Yoga Community and many others, is awe-inspiring. Registration is free, but donations are being gathered to benefit Mighty Lotus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings yoga and mindfulness programs to underserved populations in Central Indiana, such as Indianapolis Public Schools. Visit monumentalyoga.com to register for the event or donate. This year’s Monumental Yoga event takes place on a Tuesday evening, which is a first for this 4-year-old tradition, historically taking place mid-day. At 4:30pm the Yoga Village opens to the public where you will find booths of local businesses promoting health, wellness and more. The yoga class itself begins at 6:30pm, and will be tailored for beginners and experienced yogis alike. A special section for Family Yoga scheduled to begin at 6:45 will be led by Alli Louthain of Peace through Yoga for parents to participate with children 6 and over. On Friday June 17th, there will be a "Monumental Yoga Pre- Party" held at the Indianapolis Central Library, featuring DJs, dancing, Acro Yoga performances, and other "flow arts" such as fire spinning, fan work, juggling, hooping and more. The cost is $20 which includes parking. This will be a party that is truly Monumental, and proceeds will also benefit Mighty Lotus. ■ INDIANA & YOGA MAGAZINE ISSUE I 11