Wake up to the Sunday morning, hop on your bike, cycle to the park, and feel the smell of the trees around you, listen to the chirping of birds, feel the wind breeze. It’s spring, and we’re at the Oosterpark. It’s 10 a.m. and unlike later on in the afternoon, it is quiet over here, and there’s SPACE. My friend Catarina from All In Yoga is about to start the class. As much as I love dancing the night out, the feeling of starting the day early, and in this fashion, is incomparable.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on stopping with my weekend nocturnal dancing adventures altogether, but some balance is definitely needed every now and then. And if there’s something which keeps me on track, that something has to be yoga. The combination yoga + park is just magnificent because the whole experience of mindful breathing and moving gains extra dimensions of sight, smell, and hearing. During the winter I literally forget how leafy the trees can become, and how varied is the palette of green, and how vivid the colours of nature. So every time I lay on the mat, or I get into downward facing dog, I get this “oh wow” sensation, as if all that green around me, and all those shapes of leaves and branches were unreal. And I move through the poses with a different ease than if I was in the studio. I guess it is a sort of natural high. And this is one of the reasons why it is worth it to stay home on a Saturday evening. Without further ado, here’s a few shots of Catarina’s class. She recently came back from her yoga teacher training in India and, this summer, she will be sharing her practise and knowledge – for free – at Oosterpark. Might you want to join us, make sure you give All In Yoga a like, so that you don’t miss out on the next yoga dates 😉
Having rooted myself in yoga is one of the habits I am the happiest about. You can read more about it here.