From kale smoothies to yoga classes, Vancouver has a very West Coast vibe when it comes to health, nutrition and lifestyle. There’s an array of yoga for everyone from hot yoga and naked yoga in the dark to free outdoor public yoga events. We are also home to Lululemon Athletica after-all.
There’s also something else for “first time yoga class haters” looking for smaller class sizes, conversation, activities and deeper connections: Social Yoga.
The concept was first founded in 2014 as a nomadic studio to help get people “moving, connecting and digging deep”. They partner with unique venues and businesses for non-traditional pop-up yoga spaces.
The studio also specializes in social weekend retreats that include backcountry camping with yoga in the summer and a ski trip with yoga and wellness in the winter. There’s also an intimate getaway that focuses on yoga, meditation, self-care and creative workshops (foraging, bread making, calligraphy). For the metaphysical-spirituals there’s a weekend with tarot cards, crystals and of course yoga.
The getaways, retreats, products and blog are all intended to build conversation and inspire real world connections to people, places, nature and oneself. The unconventional way of doing things provides an alternative to the typical or mainstream yoga lifestyle.
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September includes ‘The Self Series’ at The Juice Truck Storefront with Kelsey MacDougall, a holistic psychotherapist.
The final weekend social yoga retreat of the summer also takes place September 24-25 at a secret location that includes a cabin, beach yoga, alpine hiking, journaling, starlit meditation and beers by the water. Plus you get to fly in to the retreat.
For more information on The Social Yoga and their upcoming events visit them online.
Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch