National Yoga Month

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does National Yoga Month Mean?

National Yoga Month is an observance and celebration of the physical, emotional and mental benefits of yoga. Starting in 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the month of September as Yoga Month in order to educate and encourage participation in yoga and create awareness of the health benefits of practicing yoga. National Yoga Month is often celebrated with free yoga classes, outdoor events and community education.


Yogapedia Explains National Yoga Month

National Yoga Month is coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization in the United States that seeks to promote awareness of the benefits of having a regular yoga practice. The Yoga Health Foundation offers a “one week free” yoga card during National Yoga Month to encourage individuals that are new to yoga to try a class.

Although National Yoga Month is observed in the United States as a way to educate citizens of the health benefits, this month-long yoga celebration is internationally observed. At the close of National Yoga Month on September 30th, yogis around the world are encouraged to practice yoga at 7 p.m. in order to produce a “wave of yoga” across the globe.

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