Yogis stretch their limitations with outdoor practice

Posted by Admin on 12 June 2016


Costs Dower loves a great deal of features of Norman, however one of his favorites is Yoga in the Park on week nights and Saturday mornings. Dower transferred to Norman in August and quickly ended up being involved, functioning as the facilitator for the volunteer-run group that began nearly by accident.

I think it’s pretty unique that we can get outside in the park, Dower said. You’re not restricted.

Founder Stephen Starling and others with children started practicing in the park so their kids might play nearby. Others saw them, asked to join, and Norman s variation of Yoga in the Park, or YIP as devotees prefer to call it, was born.

Throughout the week, participants follow along with a video, though there are frequently guest instructors. On Saturday, yoga teachers have lined up to share their favorite yoga warmups, workouts and cool downs.

We’ve been blessed by so many instructors contributing their Saturday mornings to assist get more people involved in yoga, stated Norman YIP Director Mona Nelson.

Rebeca Mera teaches 2 childrens groups two times a month on the very first and 3rd Saturdays. The kid’s classes are half the length of the grownups hour session, so Mera teaches ages 3-8 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a class for ages 9-13 from 9:30 10 a.m. Teens are welcome join the adult group.

I like the environment, Mera stated. It’s very different than the studio.

While lunch is optional, many participants head throughout the street to the Earth Cafe & Deli for food and fellowship later. The vegan and vegetarian-friendly choices make it a welcome respite for yogis of all ranges, and the fellowship is likewise a time to share yoga pointers, speak about favorite trainers, or get to know brand-new buddies, Mera said.

Saturday s session was led by Rhyan Brown who started his practice as a method to obtain more powerful for rock climbing. He teaches at Climb Up in Norman and trained under Andrew Eppler at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio, also in Norman.

Brown stated he welcomed the opportunity to teach yoga outdoors to a diverse group of all ability levels.

I believed it’d be really cool, he said. It’s more enjoyable and everybody loves variety.

In his practice and the classes, he teaches, Brown combines some components of gymnastics and martial arts like the best ways to enhance wrists and other joints with classical yoga.

I do a great deal of whatever works, Brown said.

The group fulfills at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. on Saturday at Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave., surrounding to the Firehouse Art. Participation is free.

No experience is essential to sign up with YIP, and while the majority of people bring their own mats, some mats are readily available for any first timers who want to provide it a shot. Capability, fitness and weight don’t matter. Individuals address their own pace. New this year is an instructor-led Tai Chi session at 9 a.m. Sunday.