Every year, on the 21st of June, two important international events take place. Coinciding with the summer solstice, music lovers and yogis have an appointment that can’t be missed.

International Day of Yoga

While it is not easy to determine the exact time at which this ancient practice first appeared, its origins are in India and date back several thousand years ago. However, its arrival in the West is relatively recent.

Yoga is more than just a sport, it is considered a lifestyle practised by millions of people around the world. Yoga is associated with meditation practices found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Yoga as a discipline tries to cultivate the body, mind and soul in order to achieve harmony and balance between the three. To do this, it uses different postures (also known as asanas), meditation and breathing. There are many different types of yoga. They all share the same postures, although they differ in their dynamics. All types of yoga have the same goal: to reach the union of body and mind.

 

 

 

Some of the most popular styles or “branches” are Hatha (balancing yoga), Ashtanga (purifying yoga), Yin (healing yoga), Flow Vinyasa (posture yoga), Iyengar (body yoga). In the post Yoga for beginners we explain each of these styles and what they consist of.

During Yoga classes we do different postures that exercise all the muscle groups of the body. This gives us more flexibility and coordination and helps us to listen to our body’s needs and to be aware of our movements.

Yoga also slows down ageing and helps us to keep fit, reduce ailments and relieve stress. These are just some of the many benefits of this practice. The end of a yoga class usually includes a moment of meditation. This is a time to disconnect from the outside world and connect with ourselves.

World Music Day

Originally from France (Fête de la Musique), this festival was created by the French Ministry of Culture in 1982. Since then, it has become an ode to the beauty of music in several parts of the world. Since 1985, the European Year of Music, the European Union has organised this festival in order to “promote cultural exchange between nations and the transfer of music from one territory to another”.

On this day, the aim is to bring the world of music closer to the public in two different ways: firstly, musicians can participate altruistically and voluntarily and go out into the streets to play. Secondly, free concerts are organised in various spaces open to the public such as squares, streets or parks.

For this occasion, spaces that are not traditionally used for concerts, such as museums, hospitals or public buildings, are also opened.

It is aimed for all audiences and covers a wide range of musical genres. In addition, this festival brings young and not so young people from all social backgrounds closer to the art of amateur and professional musicians. It’ s the perfect occasion to enjoy the arrival of summer and immerse yourself in music from all over the world.

Spain has been participating in the celebration of this holiday for several years. In 2018, some Spanish cities decided to organise activities on this day. Barcelona with copla and sardanas, Madrid with cuplé and the music of street artists, and Cádiz with alternative rock, fados, samba and flamenco.

At the Flamenco and Dance Centre el Lucero we share the same enthusiasm and desire to promote music and dance. That is why we offer numerous classes in various dance disciplines such as flamenco dance and music and Spanish guitar classes. Enjoy the music!