Free “Yoga in the Park!” on Sunday, August 7th

By Rebecca Martin
Free yoga, meditation and T’ai Chi in two of Kingston’s beautiful parks continues with it’s monthly series created by the Kingston Land Trust.  Take advantage of spending time out of doors with several inspiring yogis.
Free “Yoga in the Park” is offered in two parks by the Kingston Land Trust in partnership with Shakti Yoga Studios, MAC Fitness, Mudita Yoga Studios and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation department. The series is held in both Cornell Park off of Wurts Street in the Rondout and the Academy Green Park in Uptown Kingston simultaneously on Sunday August 7th at 10:00am. 

Kingston, NY–  The Kingston Land Trust proudly offers the Kingston community free “Yoga in the Park!” in partnership with Shakti Yoga Studios, MAC Fitness, Mudita Yoga Studio and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department all summer long.Originally set in Cornell Park and programmed by Shakti Yoga and MAC Fitness with Adult and Youth yoga, the series has expanded to include the Academy Green Park programmed by Mudita Yoga Studios with Yoga and T’ai Chi classes.  Both park programs will run simultaneously on the first Sunday of each month June – September at 10:00am.

“The big picture here is for the Kingston Land Trust to provide free “Yoga in the Park” in each park in Kingston”, says Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “It is a privilege to work with the many unique Yoga studios in the area and to provide free Yoga or T’ai Chi to residents who can walk to their immediate park space and enjoy a class each month. It is also nice, because it allows the Yogi community a chance to develop a wide partnership base in the city of Kingston. Partnerships are key to any of our success”.

All yoga participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in exercise attire and to bring mats, blocks and belts.

“Yoga in the Park” Schedule
FREE Yoga in the Park!
Rain or ShineShakti Yoga in the Park! at Cornell Park Rondout
Cornell Park, Wurts Street in the Rondout Kingston
10:00am – 11:00am:  Adult Yoga (All Levels) w/Linda

Mudita Yoga in the Park! at Academy Green Park Uptown
Yoga and T’ai Chi
Academy Green Park, Uptown Kingston
10:00am – 5 Cloud Meditation
10:30am – 11:30am  Adult yoga with Shawn
11:45am – 12:45am  T’ai Chi with Steven Sharkey

Sunday, August 7th 2011
Sunday, September 4th, 2011

About the Kingston Land Trust –  An urban trust, the Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to theprotection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and thesurrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. 

About Shakti Yoga Studios –  Shakti Yoga Studios helps students increase their flexibility, strength, alignment and confidence through an intelligent, dynamic and safe yoga discipline. Founder Linda Lalita Winnick has created an insightful approach to theyoga  practice drawing from her 25 years experience as a student and teacher.  A rich knowledge of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and physiology, and intensive ayurvedic  background adds a deeper dimension shared during  classes at Shakti Yoga of Woodstock, Saugerties, and Kingston.   www.shaktiyogawoodstock.comAbout MAC Fitness –  A top rated award-winning facility with fully certified professional training staff to custom design fitness programs built entirely around their clients lifestyle.    Two state of the art facilities are located on 9W and the Kingston Plaza in uptown, Kingston.

About Mudita Yoga Center –  Mudita Yoga Center is dedicated to yoga, wellness and community. Translated from Sanskrit, Mudita describes a state of joyfulness, with is exactly what Mudita Yoga strives to cultivate through yoga, meditation, tai chi and a variety of workshops and discussion groups. Mudita has a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere and classes that are accessible to everyone regardless of flexibility or level of fitness.   Following a year of intense training in India, Shawn Harrison of Mudita immersed herself in a yogic lifestyle – living, working, teaching and studying at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY for four years. Her classes encourage peace and ease in the body and mind by focusing on the breath and relaxing into each posture, creating space to tune in to our natural rhythm.
Shawn’s class will be followed by Stephen Sharkey with T’ai Chi Ch’uan in the park, an ancient healing art. Begin by learning each movement in a step by step process while simultaneously learning the principles of natural movement to enable you ultimately to experience the entire set as one movement.  Open to all of any age or condition of health. About the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department – Led by Director Kevin Gilfeather, the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department oversees Kingston’s park system and organizes many programs for residents and tourists that include boating, kayaking, youth, adult and senior programs, environmental education, adult sports and more.