YOGA MELTDOWN July 15 2012

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Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown – July 15th, 2012
As Toronto’s largest, free outdoor spiritual yoga festival, Yoga Meltdown has quickly made a name for itself amongst the GTA’s multitude of yoga enthusiasts.  The Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown — held as a part of the 40th Annual Festival of India (July 14-15, 2012) — will take place on July 15th, 2012, under the sun and amidst the verdant greenery of Centre Island.  With free outdoor yoga classes, yoga-inspired arts and performances, vegan cooking demonstrations, a free vegetarian feast, and much more, the Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown will celebrate yoga in a uniquely dynamic and holistic way!
Get off your Asanas and onto the Island!
As a main feature of the Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown, instructors from major yoga studios all across the GTA will be holding free outdoor yoga classes on Centre Island’s scenic lakeside grounds.  Imagine entering savasana under the warmth of the sun as the sounds of the gently lulling waves of Lake Ontario flow through the skies. Yoga Meltdown offers all guests a free opportunity to participate in professionally-facilitated yoga classes in a picturesque setting unlike any other in Toronto.
Kirtan Yoga
Kirtan yoga is revolutionizing the way the world currently thinks of yoga! With roots in ancient yogic traditions, kirtan is actually a form of aural or musical yoga that grants all participants, even those with little to no musical background, a chance to bring the exhilarating and rejuvenating sounds of kirtan yoga to life! The Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown will have non-stop, soul-stirring kirtan performances by kirtan groups renowned throughout Toronto and across the globe. Stretching beyond just physical asanas, kirtan yoga at Yoga Meltdown will allow all guests to see, feel, and hear yoga in a brand new light.
The Yoga of Food
As more than just a routine of physical exercises, yoga is increasingly being seen as an overall lifestyle choice, providing tested and prescribed methods for happy, healthy, and holistic living.  In keeping with such ideas, the Fifth Annual Yoga Meltdown will be host to free live vegan cooking demonstrations and seminars that will promote the benefits of meatless, vegan diets and foods. Moreover, there will also be a free vegetarian feast served to all who attend as part of the Festival of India!
Explore India’s Spiritual Grandeur
As a part of the 40th Annual Festival of India, Yoga Meltdown is actually the latter half of a full weekend of festivities celebrating the spiritual wonder and grandeur of ancient India.  The Festival of India begins with a vibrant parade down Yonge Street on Saturday, July 14th   with continued celebrations on Toronto’s beautiful Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend.  On the Island, festival-goers will find a massive, colourful and free festival, featuring a South Asian bazaar, Vedic exhibits, an Arts & Culture Showcase, a children’s area, and our world-famous FREE vegetarian feast!
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What to expect at Yoga Meltdown

The picturesque, serene beauty of Centre Island with its lush parks and cool breezes from the lake will form the backdrop for a feast for the senses. Yoga Meltdown will present attendees with a chance to unwind, rejuvenate and invigorate themselves. 

This is the very goal of Yoga Meltdown. To provide an opportunity for spiritual seekers, yoga enthusiasts, vegans/vegetarians and anyone who is curious about yoga to come out and deepen their understanding of yoga and its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. 

The event will be highlighted by numerous free activities such as:

  • Non-stop outdoor yoga classes and demonstrations
  • Vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations
  • Mantra meditation
  • Power-packed chanting and kirtan
  • A non-stop stage program including drama and theatre
  • An all-you-can-eat, free vegetarian feast, presented by Festival of India
  • A South Asian Bazaar and much more!
  • Additionally, this year we will also be offering free Ayurvedic consultation, pulse reading and much more in our new Ayurveda Tent. 

  • On Sunday July 15, 2012, we are inviting Toronto’s yoga community, from the simply-curious to the seasoned veterans, to come experience a new yoga revolution that has never been seen before.
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The Annual Yoga Meldown has been a huge success since the last 3 years with more than 1000 people registering for the events. 

This year, Yoga Meltdown will be in it’s fifth year and promises to be as big if not better than previous years! We warmly invite you to be a part of the biggest free outdoor yoga festival this summer!

Welcome to Festival of India

On July 14th and 15th, come join us and experience the 40th Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) in the heart of downtown Toronto. This unique festival launches with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift over to Centre Island for two days of festivities, expected to draw close to 40,000 people. The festival is open to the public and is free for everyone.

    • Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  • 10am – 10pm
    To mark the festival’s 40th anniversary, a special launch party will be held at Yonge and Dundas Square on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012. This pre-festival extravaganza will provide an enticing preview of what’s to come!

    A can’t-miss event in its own right, the Yonge and Dundas Festival of India Launch Party features a cavalcade of activities, attractions and performances, including a South Asian bazaar, traditional delicacies and foodstuffs, henna tattoos, face-painting, dress-in-a-saree booths, and more. Yoga enthusiasts will be intrigued to discover that the event also features outdoor yoga classes given by Toronto’s prominent studios. Don’t forget to stop by our live art exhibit and vegetarian cooking demonstrations happening throughout the day.

    Also, be sure to hang around towards the evening to participate in the climax of the day’s celebrations—an entrancing group singing in which ancient mantras (kirtan) from east will reverberate and grace the grit and steel of our downtown metropolis. With renowned singers from around the world, it can only be described as a ‘kirtan explosion’ that will certainly shake Toronto!

    Everyone’s invited to come taste and participate in the mystic exoticism of the 40th Annual Festival of India at Yonge and Dundas Square.

    • Friday, July 13, 2012
    • 10:00am until 10:00pm
    Festival of India is thrilled to announce that we will, once again, be holding a Pre-Festival Kirtan on July 13, 2012! Alongside many kirtaneers from across the globe, we will be spiritually tearing the roof off with a 12-hour kirtan marathon, starting at 10:00AM until 10:00PM.

    Prepare to ‘feed your soul’ with this extraordinary one-of-a-kind kirtan event at Festival of India.


    243 Avenue RoadToronto, Ontario M5R 2J6

    10:00am-11:00am: HH Bhaktimarga Swami
    11:00am-11:30am: HH Rupa Sanatana Swami
    11:30pm-12:30pm: Bus Tour
    12:30pm-2:00pm: Festival of India
    2:00pm-2:45pm: Caitanyananda Das
    2:45pm-3:30pm: Dhira Grahi Das
    3:30pm-4:00pm: Dhanya Gauranga DD
    4:00pm-4:30pm: Balarama Tirtha Das
    4:30pm-5:00pm: Gaura Das
    5:00pm-6:00pm: Nama Rasa Das
    6:00pm- End/10pm: Closing Kirtans by Bada Hari Das and Madhava Das!

    Be sure to catch the live webcast at