If you’d told me a week ago that I’d be in shoulder stand with the gentle early afternoon breeze caressing my toes and the sun on my face I’m not sure I’d have believed you.
I few days before, via Twitter I became aware of Flash Yoga. Such a great idea – free (yes, FREE!) outdoor yoga classes with a few hours notice, weather permitting. A gloriously sunny Good Friday made way for the inaugural session which took place in London’s Regent’s Park and I was lucky enough to be there with several other lovely practitioners.
Our teacher Clare took us through a beautiful Dharma Mittra sequence – a style of yoga I’ve heard a little about before but never had the opportunity to experience, until now. This was the first time I ever practiced yoga outside and I absolutely loved it. There was something very special about breathing in and smelling the grass, hearing the birds and quite literally feeling the earth beneath my feet.
I’d arrived feeling tense and a bit anxious – worrying about the ups and downs of stuff going on in my life at the moment. But afterwards, with the kind gift of a tangerine from Clare, I floated off into Regent’s Park feeling restored and reminded of how fortunate I am, whatever else might be happening. Sometimes the best things in life are free.
I really hope word will spread and that more teachers will get involved with Flash Yoga. I for one can’t wait for my next outdoor yoga practice!