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Five Ways to Salute the Sun on International Yoga Day

Celebrate International Yoga Day on your mat.
Celebrate International Yoga Day on your mat. Pixabay
The fifth International Yoga Day is Thursday, June 21, and fitness events will pop up throughout the city in celebration. Here are five spots to unroll your mat and join the rest of the world for a day rooted in peace, cooperation and yoga.

click to enlarge Join your fellow yogis at Sloan's Lake. - CO ASANA YOGA COLLECTIVE FACEBOOK PAGE
Join your fellow yogis at Sloan's Lake.
CO Asana Yoga Collective Facebook page
International Day of Yoga + Summer Solstice Mini Fest
Sloan’s Lake
6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21
This year International Yoga Day happens to fall on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. The sun salutations will be starting early at this festival; the first self-guided meditation will begin at 6:30 a.m., and the day will continue with yoga flows and other sessions. A full lineup of vendors will be on site, along with chances to win grand prizes from Athleta, OmFest Colorado and more. One session costs $10; the full day’s roster is $15. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to Comeback Yoga, a nonprofit aimed at providing free yoga classes for veterans and those living with PTSD. Visit the Summer Solstice Mini Fest Facebook page for more information.

click to enlarge Power your purpose. - CORE POWER YOGA FACEBOOK PAGE
Power your purpose.
Core Power Yoga Facebook page
Yoga Foster
CorePower Yoga Colorado Boulevard
5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21

Power your International Yoga Day practice in support of others. Select CorePower locations, including the Colorado Boulevard studio, will be offering donation-based classes in support of Yoga Foster, an organization that empowers yoga teachers to create “healthier, happier” classrooms through affordable yoga training programs for children. A $20 donation can provide a child with yoga for a year. Visit the CorePower website for more information.

click to enlarge Join lululemon's mission of creating equal access to yoga. - LULULEMON
Join lululemon's mission of creating equal access to yoga.
International Yoga Day with Im’Unique + lululemon
RedLine Denver
6 p.m. Thursday, June 21
In ten locations around the world, lululemon and its Here to Be charitable partners will host pop-up yoga events in celebration of International Yoga Day. The Here to Be social-impact program comprises community organizations focused on creating equal access to yoga. Here in Denver, lululemon and Tyrone Beverly of Im’Unique will host an all-levels yoga class at RedLine. The suggested fee is $10, with proceeds going to Im’Unique and Beverly’s mission of promoting individual health and social change. Mats will be provided. Visit Facebook for more information and to register.

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Lauren Archuletta is a contributor for Westword's arts section, covering Denver's health and wellness scene. Follow her work for tips on cheap workouts and which yoga classes include mimosas and beer.