Street party yoga class

Street party yoga class – ‘circle of trees’

Last Saturday was our annual street party and I started the day off by teaching a yoga class to some of my neighbours.  I wasn’t quite sure how it would go as I have never taught yoga outdoors before, let alone in the middle of the street…I was a bit concerned that it might be distracting and noisy, and that passersby would stop and stare… I needn’t have been worried.  We laid the mats out in a circle so that we could practice facing each other ‘mandala’ style and there was a lovely energy as we did some sun salutes to invite the sun to shine down on our little party (it worked and the sun did come out later).  We also made a ‘circle of trees’ reaching out to support each other with our eyes closed whilst in tree pose, and it was very special to feel so supported yet exposed as we each balanced on one leg in the middle of our street.  People passing by did stop to watch and enjoy the sight, but I didn’t find this distracting as we were immersed in our practice; even when it came to lying down for a brief Savasana (relaxation) at the end of the practice, the happy sounds of children playing in the street and neighbours setting up for the party only seemed to add to the sense of being able to relax and connect deeply with the happy reality of that present moment .  It was such a pleasure to be able to lead a practice with people from my own street joining in, people who I don’t necessarily see that often but who are part of my community.  Yoga is about how we connect, not just with ourselves, but also with the community within which we live and the people we meet on a daily basis, so I couldn’t think of a better way to start the street party than with a little yoga practice.