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‘Yoga in the Park’ brings out newbies, yogis

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Jonesborough locals can take a break from stress and enjoy health benefits with fresh air at Jonesborough’s Yoga in the Park.

Taking place twice weekly, Yoga in the Park combines relaxing yoga with the beauty of the region, as attendees stretch and workout in downtown Jonesborough.

“We’re in our second summer season of Yoga in the Park. We run May through September and the reason we started this was the definite need we saw in bringing yoga to the community, especially with the COVID pandemic,” said yoga instructor Erin Horton. “It is to get people together and outside enjoying nature and being able to do that in our beautiful parks downtown.”

Horton said that not only is that beneficial for the attendees — who she refers to as “yogis” — but also the community, as they get to experience the many health benefits of yoga.

“We do offer classes through Sept. 30 every Friday night at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at 4 p.m.,” Horton explained. “And so how that works is we offer the yoga on Fridays in Mill Spring Park near the gazebo, and that’s in conjunction with Music on the Square. There are a lot of people downtown already and we do the Yoga in the Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and then at 7 p.m. if they want, they can join in on the music. Or yogis who are coming just for the music may come and do the yoga early. It’s just a really nice way to bring people out to the community.

“And then on Sundays we offer the Yoga in the Park at 4 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center. And that runs until 5 p.m. where we have Brews and Tunes going on at the same time. The music is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there are also food trucks.”

Horton said that this has been a vision and a goal to bring yoga to the community so everyone could connect with nature through breath work and their own body movement.

“Not only is yoga great for stress relief, which 100% it is absolutely, but it also improves strength and balance and flexibility, and it is most certainly for everyone,” she said. “Yoga is for all ages and all ability levels. We’ve got an amazing group of around 15 certified yoga teachers who are scheduled to teach around the summer, and they make it accessible to everyone, which is a wonderful thing. So, it doesn’t matter if you’ve done yoga for years and years or you’ve never done yoga before. It’s just a great experience for everyone.”

Each class lasts an hour and there is no cost to participate, but donations are accepted for the teachers.

There will be no classes held on Sept. 2. These classes are weather permitting.

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