Sometimes, during a downward dog, you want to feel the sun on your face and the grass between your toes. Yoga Rocks the Park gives the community that chance.
The national event is a summer series of weekly outdoor yoga sessions, set to live music. It kicked off in Omaha May 26.
“There’s nothing like feeling the breeze as you move your arms up to the sky, saluting the sun, folding forward and seeing a bug walk across your mat or getting your feet in the dirt,” said Lora Haase.
Haase is the director of the local chapter of Yoga Rocks the Park. The Denver-based program planted its roots at Midtown Crossing for the first time three years ago.
“As soon as I stepped foot on the ground, I had this feeling of yoga and live music,” Haase said. “I just wanted yoga and live music at Turner Park.”
So she logged on to her computer and Googled. Her search turned up Yoga in the Park.
Omaha was the second city to adopt the program. Now, 13 cities across the country host the events.
About 350 people attended each week during the first year. This summer, between 400 and 500 people come together to practice yoga every Sunday.
“We, in the heartland, understand community,” Haase said. “It’s our roots. It’s not about yoga staying inside the four walls. It’s about getting outside and creating a community.”
Each week features a different instructor and musician. Yoga Rocks the Park caters to all skill levels and even offers a kids camp on-site.
It’s free to participate, though donations are welcome. The last class is July 14. For more information on Yoga Rocks the Park, click here.
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