By Andrea Romano
June 21, 2019
Courtesy of Disney via Youtube

With all the hustle and bustle that goes on in a Disney park, you might not expect it to be the perfect place to find your zen. However, for thousands of Disney park cast members around the world, coming to work early was actually a great way to start the day.

In honor of International Yoga Day on June 21, Disney parks and offices offered a unique morning yoga experience for its cast members across the globe in order to encourage balance and healthy living, according to the Disney Parks Blog. Because even Disney employees need some self-care time.

Cast members gathered in the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Anaheim, at the Aulani Resort beach in Hawaii, and many other Disney park and resort locations for some rejuvenating sunrise yoga. According to ClickOrlando, 21 locations around the world participated in the event.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, this yoga session is one of many events that Disney offers to cast members to support their growth and wellness. According to Attractions Magazine, Disney also offers services like on-site gym access, healthy cooking classes, health coaching, sports leagues, and more to support their cast members’ health.

Dr. Pam Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, told Attractions Magazine, “Whether it was their first time on a yoga mat or their millionth, each cast member showed how easy it is to take steps toward their personal wellness.”

The Disney Parks Blog also posted a live stream of the hour-long yoga practice on its website, streamed directly from several parts of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The event took place around 6 a.m. and continued through sunrise, which was about the time when the gates opened for the day (albeit, a little early), according to ClickOrlando.

People following on social media can search for the hashtags #InternationalYogaDay, #DisneyBeWell, and #DisneyCastLife to find videos, photos, and posts from the event.