There were some people in City Park who had their own yoga mats but there were also plenty of passersby on borrowed mats. It was Thursday evening and this group had gathered for a weekly yoga class on the lawn in front of the Miner’s Hospital.
lululemon athletica’s Park City Showroom hosts free yoga classes throughout the year and they take it very seriously. Hattie Gardner, manager of the showroom, believes it "promotes yoga" and also that it is "really important to give back to the community." The company encourages local yoga instructors to volunteer to lead hour-long classes for both beginners and yoga connoisseurs, not just in Park City but wherever a lululemon athletica store is located. Park City’s showroom, located at 6300 North Sagewood Unit C in Kimball Junction, is currently running a 6:30-7:30 p.m. yoga class in the park on Thursdays and a hip hop class on Saturday mornings.
I borrowed a mat and set up with about 30 others on the field. Since the class was open to people of all levels, while I was struggling to get my fingers on the ground, the woman next to me had her nose between her knees and her palms on her feet. Yet, despite my obvious failure to fold myself in half, I found outdoor yoga to be both relaxing and fun.
It was my first-ever yoga class, and I do not think it could have gone better. Marla Berkow led us through poses that worked well for me and my extremely flexible neighbor. Those who wanted to go hard were able to, but I opted for an hour of light stretching. There was no pressure to do any more than I was capable of.
No one was out of place, since everyone was there to enjoy yoga, the blue ski, and mountain breezes that were only interrupted by the occasional car driving by pounding out rap music.
Summer weather in Park City is unbeatable, and a laid-back yoga class in the park is a great way to spend an extra hour outside, or work on your flexibility.
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