Yoga in the Park


I am riding a yoga high right now. Weeeee! Every Tuesday at 12 pm, during the months of June, July and August there is free Yoga in the Park put on by many local yoga studios. We meet in Prescott Park which is right on the water in downtown Portsmouth. It’s a beautiful setting to get in a great yoga session. What better way to get centered than with your feet in the grass and the salty air blowing around you?

Practicing yoga is definitely different outside. There are a lot of distractions. Balance poses take on a whole new meaning. Today we also had a crew working on the set for the plays that are put on during the summer at the park. At first the music they were blasting really went with the moment. But then the Foo Fighters came on and the moment was gone. Have you ever laid in Savasana with “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon playing? It’s a challenge to stay in the moment for sure. The teacher even commented at the beginning of our practice that “Challenge brings about change.” So true.

I’m hoping that I can make it to more Yoga in the Park sessions this summer. My in-laws are visiting this week so I had someone to watch the kids while I was gone. Kids are welcome to join in. There were actually a few today. On June 26th they will be having a special children’s yoga. It will be a shorter session that’s more animal centered. I’d love to take my two little monkeys but nap time begins around 12:30 so we’d be cutting it close. Maybe if I’m feeling brave, I’ll try it.

I just finished up Marathon Training Week 4! It was a good week with a tempo and 12 mile long run. I’m a little nervous for next week’s long run – 14 miles. That will be the most I’ve ever run at one time! Eeeekkkk!

Thanks again to YouTube for giving me wonderful options to choose from for thumbnails. Me scratching my face was the best one. Lovely.

A few FYI’s to leave you with:

1. Check out Lindsay’s List for Tuesday Trainer.
I’ve been meaning to submit a video for at least a month. When I finally remember, wouldn’t you know it’s a rest week so I get to talk about myself! Make sure you watch the whole video so you can see my special talent at the end.
2. I’m posting on Breathe Magazine today. Tips to stay motivated in your exercise goals.

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20 comments on “Yoga in the Park

  1. Suprisingly, even the little college town I live in–Ames, IA, Iowa State University–is jumping on the Yoga in the Park bandwagon. There’s even a Facebook page to like it. I tried it out last Saturday and had a really great experience. Hoping this trend continues ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, Happy Fit Mama, if you ever want to share any tips about how you prepare yourself physically (or mentally) for these longggggggggg runs, I would greatly appreciate it! Those posts would be really interesting for someone like me, who currently runs 5.3 miles on weekend mornings and is interested in doing more, but not hesitant to commit more time if it’s going to feel physically debiliating. I’m just wondering if you find yourself having to carb load, warm up differently, etc.

    Keep up the great posting!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed your Yoga in the Park experience!

      I do have a set pre long run breakfast of toast with a light coating of nut butter and half a banana. Everyone is different so you just have to experiment with what works for your body. I don’t do anything else differently. I think the hardest part of a long run is the mental portion. It’s a constant reminder that running is 50% physical and 50% mental. Sometimes it’s even more mental than physical. I’ll see what I can do on tips for prepping for a long run post. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Yoga in the park sounds so fun! Noon would be way to hot for people to be outdoors here, I’m jealous of your moderate temps. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice job on the 12- you will have no problem ramping up to 14. You may want to take it nice and easy- pace doesn’t matter so much on long runs, it’s more about getting the time on your feet, and then you can finish feeling good and not wiped out for the rest of the day.

    1. We are supposed to get hit with 95+ temps tomorrow. I like it hot but not that hot!

      Good point on taking it nice and easy for the 14. I’ll have to remind myself of that if I meet up with a running buddy for a portion of it. Their legs will be fresher than mine but I’ll want to keep pace with them. Thanks!

  3. Yoga outside sounds awesome! Congrats on week 4 of marathon training. Which one are you doing? You will be so proud after those 14 miles.. such a huge achievement… that is a long flipin way. Go Angela!

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