A few weeks ago, Alicia from Poise in Parma sent me an email asking if I'd like to join a yoga class she was teaching as part of Yoga Rocks The Park. A national program, the Cleveland location is Lincoln Park in Tremont. Every class is taught by a different area instructor and following the hour long class there is a small performance by a musician.
Yoga outside in one of my favorite neighborhoods of this city with a mini concert after? Right. Like I'm going to say no to that.
Tickets are $12 if purchased online in advance (though there is a small processing fee on top of that) and $15 at the door. I was offered the opportunity to attend Alicia's class for free and this was the first time I got to go to an event and say I was on the Media List.
I felt very swanky.
I spent all week looking forward to practicing outside in the heart of Tremont so I was a little bummed when I woke up to rain and knew the class would be moved into the nearby Merrick House's gym. But once I got inside and set up my mat and felt the energy in room I was reminded that yoga is yoga no matter where it is practiced. Location is completely unimportant or at least it should be.
Alicia led a really powerful practice, assisted by her teachers from Nishkama Yoga where she regularly teaches. The first half was a strong vinyasa flow followed by some inversions and back bends and all sorts of good stuff. It was an all levels class so no matter where you were in your practice there was something for you. It was also an all ages class -- there was this adorable little, oh, 6 or 7 year old up front who was so cute watching as she attempted to do the balancing poses without falling over.
Talking with Alicia after class, we discussed how kids are pretty fearless and just don't really care about falling. They go for it no matter what. It's only as adults we get all self-conscious about stumbling or appearing clumsy or unbalanced, especially in front of other adults and strangers. I've lost count of the amount of times I've fallen over while practicing yoga yet there is still that split second concern of Oh no, did anyone see me? whereas kids just bounce back up and try again without a second thought.
That's your deep thought for the day.
After class I also got to meet Chris, the gentleman who sent me the GI Jayne kickboxing DVD so that was a nice surprise. It's one of those things where you realize that Cleveland is a mid-sized city but has that small town feel.
If you're looking for a unique yoga experience I highly recommend attending a Yoga Rocks the Park session, whether it's actually held outdoors in Lincoln Park or at Merrick House. The entire set up is great and I love how it brings together so many different kinds of people here in Cleveland and the musical aspect is fantastic. Definitely a great start to my Saturday.
There are a few more sessions left in the 2013 season and hopefully I'll be able to attend another one soon!
Check the Yoga Rocks the Park website to see if YRP is offered in a city near you!
Love from the ashes,