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We invite you to embrace a unique opportunity to cultivate the mind-body connection and your relationship with nature, while also building community in a safe and inclusive space. Join instructors Elyse and Indi for a fully outdoor guided yoga session at the High Park Nature Centre this summer!
Slow Down To Sound: Wednesday, July 20, 6-7:15PM
Join us for a 75 minute Restorative Yoga and Sound Bath experience in the park! We will stretch, hold space and welcome rest — a moment of stillness. The last 40 minutes of class will be accompanied by a meditative sound bath — allowing you to drop in deeper and fully relax.
These yoga sessions are open to beginner and intermediate levels — modifications are always offered.
We would like this yoga experience to be accessible to all participants, acknowledging the inequalities of pay, capitalist privilege, and financial stability as a determinant of access. We are thus offering pricing based on a sliding scale model — the accessibility scale is for individuals that have access needs, and the support scale is for individuals that are able to contribute at a higher level to support accessibility across all our programs.
Participants will meet at the High Park Nature Centre's Forest School building at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and a mask to Yoga in the Park. During COVID-19 we are not lending out mats for use. You may wish to have a mask with you should we need to move the practice indoors due to inclement weather. Anyone without a mask will be provided with one from the Nature Centre and will be required to wear it for the duration of the time spent inside the Nature Centre.
Q: Will we be outdoors the entire time?
A: Except in cases of rain and/or inclement weather we will be outdoors for the entire yoga practice. In the event of rain and/or inclement weather, we will move to the interior of the Nature Centre. It is beautiful and spacious, with large windows (that can be opened to let in fresh air) that overlook the forest. There is ample space to place mats more than 2 meters apart.
Q: Are there washrooms we can use?
A: Yes. Although we will be outdoors throughout our yoga practice (except in inclement weather, see above), we will set up our mats on the grassy area just south of the Nature Centre. If you need to use the washroom at any point before, during, or after practice, there will be a washroom accessible to you.
Q: Will the instructor be doing hands-on adjustments?
A: No hands-on adjustments will be provided this season to respect physical distancing guidelines. Your instructor will maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from all students at all times, and students are expected to do the same.
Q: Will we be using props?
A: If you have props that you would like to bring with you from home, we encourage you to do so! We will allow the use of yoga blocks to provide support and modifications during some of our exercises. While we do have yoga blocks at the Nature Centre, we encourage you to bring your own if possible to reduce risks related to COVID-19. You will also be offered non-prop modifications for each pose, and you will be encouraged to tune into your body’s wisdom to listen to what option makes the most sense for you. We understand that we are all in unique bodies, and props can help us modify a yoga practice to fit our bodies, rather than the other way around (and we’re all about that)!
Q: I normally practice indoors in my home or at a yoga studio - is an outdoor practice for me?
A: Practicing yoga outdoors is such a joy! If you’ve never tried it before, we invite you to give it a go. The grounding sensation of the Earth beneath you, breathing in the fresh forest air, and listening to birdsong are just a few of the amazing things about an outdoor yoga practice. We’ll end each practice in savasana (a restorative pose) with a short, guided meditation tuning into the nature that is all around us, calming our minds, and starting the day on a positive note!