Despite 90-degree temperatures, about 30 people turned out for No Sweat in the Park: Yoga, featuring Megan Donley of Lotus Moon Yoga. She held the class in a shady area outside the York Daily Record, which helped quell the heat.
The class featured all levels hatha yoga — sun and moon in Sanskrit — with a focus on breath awareness and connecting to the natural surroundings through the senses. Cicadas chirped rhythmically as the class practiced vinyasa flow — connecting breath with movement — and a few sun salutations to boost energy, along with a balancing sequence.
The class also practiced holding and breathing into some asanas — yoga postures — to cool and slow down the body and mind amidst the heat. Donley ended with a gentle relaxation exercise lying on the earth and a few oms.
Donley also held a free raffle for three prizes, which she plans to offer during each session.
She said the next free classes on July 23 and July 30 will pick up a little bit with a few more sun salutations with variations and a wider variety of standing poses. The class will focus more on breathing — pranayama — deep relaxation, and more sound healing and chanting. Bring a mat or towel, or nothing, and practice in the grass.
“I tend to go with what my body feels and what vibe I get from the folks in class, so anything can happen really,” Donley said.
More free fitness
With the help of local fitness pros, No Sweat and the York Daily Record are hosting free community fitness classes this summer. We started the party right with Zumba in May and then turned up the intensity with boot camp in June. So far, we’ve had hundreds of people join us, and we’ve had a blast. Stay tuned for what’s to come in August. Have a suggestion for a type of fitness you’d like to have featured? Comment below!