June 21 is/was International Yoga Day. Since 2016, Walt Disney World Resort has hosted a yoga event every year. Two Cast Members have shared their yoga expertise by leading a mindful yoga activity at the annual event.
Cinderella Castle Yoga
The husband and wife team of Adam and Dana Brady arrived at Magic Kingdom before the Park opened to lead any interested Cast Members through a sunrise yoga experience in front of Cinderella Castle.
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The pair met years ago while working at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Nowadays, however, Adam is a manager on the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ Wellness team, while Dana is currently a Disney Casting recruiter.
“From the castle stage, we have a one-of-a-kind perspective of how this experience impacts our cast; it’s a special blend of yoga practice and a magical environment coming together,” said Adam. “We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with our fellow Cast Members in such a unique and inspirational way.”
“It’s truly the best thing ever,” Dana added, “being such Disney fans ourselves, to share in this experience with each other, and to teach yoga in this setting next to your partner and best friend is unforgettably incredible.”
Sleeping Beauty Castle Yoga
Although the married couple leads yoga at the Magic Kingdom, Disney Parks worldwide joined in their own unique Yoga sessions. At Disneyland Resort, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, yoga instructor Shinobu Tygi, led her own event to celebrate International Yoga Day.
“It is exciting to know that our cast is choosing to participate in yoga because self-care is so important,” Shinobu said. “As a yoga instructor, I would like all our Cast to feel the impact of yoga on their physical and mental well-being — not just during the event, but also after the event and into their daily lives.”
Cast Members who were unable to attend the event at the theme Parks could join online through an exclusive Cast Member-only yoga class.
Routine yoga can improve one’s flexibility and balance while also helping relieve stress and improve overall energy levels and sleep quality. Cast Member, Guest, or Disney fan, everyone could all use a little bit of relaxation and take a moment to improve their overall health today.