What do warrior, crow and dog all have in common? Why, they’re all yoga poses, of course. Yoga is a very old set of practices that promote physical, mental and spiritual health. It’s been around for a long time, originating in ancient India, but is still being used today. In fact, new poses are constantly being developed to enhance the traditional techniques, making yoga a very popular pastime. So popular, in fact, that it has inspired groups of people to get together and practice the artform together. That’s exactly what happened at last Tuesday’s Yoga in the Park.
Hosted by the I AM and Cherry Street Yoga staff, Yoga in the Park provides the perfect atmosphere for people across Tulsa who share a love of yoga to gather and relax. After five seasons, they definitely have it down to a science and have attracted quite the following. The sessions always manage to gracefully balance skill and technique and appeal to all types of people from beginners to skilled yoga-fanatics.
The yoga session itself was outstanding. Holding the session at Elwood’s was a great a choice in that it allowed lots of people to gather without ever feeling crowded. Everyone was easily able to find a spot to stretch out in without having to worry about bumping into their neighbor. The instructors were very friendly and gave clear instructions on how to get the most out of each pose. They moved at a speed that never felt rushed, so everyone was able to go at their own pace without falling behind.
The stretches were easy to follow along to and flowed from one to the next very smoothly. The session featured some simple classics like downward dog and crescent pose while working in some more complicated moves that required some serious determination and focus. Coupled with some relaxing music, the whole thing was very peaceful and provided a superb mid-week getaway.
The best part, though? It’s only just getting started. Yoga in the Park has a $5-$15 donation fee and runs every Tuesday now until September 15, which gives plenty of time for all those newbies and experts to get some valuable yoga time under their belts and make their weeks that much better.