This is our second summer of free outdoor park yoga. We’ve had dozens of neighbours, stroll up to the hill of Sunrise Park where they eagerly roll their yoga mat out onto the grassy knoll, overlooking the mountains and endless blue skies. The well-loved neighborhood park with children cheering on the swings, drummer’s circles and dogs lapping about, all create an ambience of connection to the land and to each other.
One participant expresses gratitude for the class quoting “it’s nice to have an activity with neighbours outside in the fresh air after having been cooped up indoors during Covid.”
We wanted to acknowledge the privilege we have with practicing on the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. We decided as a team to collect donations to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
This year, we also hosted some a mid-summer Wine and Cheese and an end-of-summer Potluck and Plant Cuttings Party, to provide an opportunity for participants to socialize after yoga.
One member notes: “I love spotting my neighbours off the mat! Making those connections is an added bonus of this program”. This experience has been so wonderful for the mind and body. We are so grateful for NSG, the instructors and neighbours for coming together.