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 . ■