Ahhh, it's that time of year again! The birds are chirping so early in the morning, the sun is bright, and the days are long. I'm so grateful for the summer season.
About four years ago I moved from the north side of Ithaca to the south side, and my yard went from a large, fenced-in, sunshine-filled landscape to a corner lot that no one took care of. According to my way of thinking there wasn't enough sun to fill the seasons in my little corner of the city. Luckily there is a creek across the street so I quickly took solace in heading down by the creekside and playing in the water.
Here in Ithaca we are blessed to have glorious waterfalls and creeks all over the city. At any given time you might see a family splashing in the ripples, a dog wading around; you might hear a great blue heron sailing overhead, or experience a duck family paddling their way through the waves. There's also deer - lots of deer: a doe an her babies are frequently walking up and down the creek drinking from the flow. It's truly a beautiful sight, and one I'm so grateful to take advantage of as frequently as I do.
Needing more fresh air and sunshine, I began taking my daily yoga practice to the creek. There's a fabulous leveled spot filled with a floor of concrete right along the creek bed, perfect for yoga. I spent a full season outside, even taking my work there to finish instead of being indoors each day. My family also started having picnics there more routinely. From that season on I became inspired to bring this special place to others and began what's known today as Creekside Yoga.
Creekside Yoga is seasonal, and weather-dependent; if it's raining or the creek is flooded we don't hold class. However, for the last few years of classes we've only had to cancel a few times due to poor weather. This year we will be holding Ashtanga-inspired flow classes at the creek: Saturdays, 11:30-12:45pm. I anticipate a great number of students joining us again this year - after all, this is the ONLY outdoor yoga class each week in downtown Ithaca.
Please join us - it's a great way to build your yoga practice and reconnect with the outdoors.