Lengthen and strengthen with free yoga in Tattnall Square Park

May 23, 2014 

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Instructor Frances Marine performs a low lunge pose during Yoga in the Park at Tattnall Square Park this month.

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It’s time to get your Om on.

A new Macon-Bibb County Parks & Recreation initiative features free yoga classes in Tattnall Square Park through the summer. The next class is Saturday at 9 a.m.

“We don’t necessarily have wellness programs, and our department feels there is a need for that here in Macon,” said Ellen Banas, the recreation programmer for the department. “So rather than starting our own wellness program, we are going to try a couple of different fitness classes and see how they go.”

Participants should meet near the pavilion with a yoga mat or towel. In the event of rain, class will be canceled.

“Yoga is really good for people of all ages ... so it was a really easy pick for us to kind of start with,” Banas said.

The program kicked off May 10 with 22 participants, she said.

“We had men and women and folks of all ages from college students all the way to older adults, so it was a really good mix of people,” Banas said. “They’re going to a free event, an early event but also an event where they are doing something beneficial for their health.”

All of the classes will feature yoga poses and moves that are good for anyone from beginners to advanced practitioners, she said.

“We have instructors from four different studios teaching with us and one private contractor,” Banas said. “It’s nice because most of the studios are represented as well as some folks who do independent teaching.”

Parks & Recreation hopes to expand its wellness offerings based on participation in the summer yoga classes.

“Hopefully, if it goes well through the summer we’ll begin offering other classes including Tai Chi, Pilates and Zumba,” Banas said. “It’s free through August because it’s a pilot program. Most likely what is going to happen in the fall is we’re going to expand possibly on days and times and we’re also going to try and expand on the selection of classes, but with that we are going to have to charge a fee per class.”

She hopes to keep any additional classes outdoors as well.

“I really like the park setting,” Banas said. “It’s a totally different experience being outside than inside of a studio or a gym or a building, so I think we’re going to keep the park concept going. Our weather down here is so temperate most of the time, there is only a couple of months we would be forced to go indoors if we chose to go that route.”

Sunrise Yoga

When: 9 a.m. May 24 and 31; June 14, 21 and 28; July 12 and 19; Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30

Where: Tattnall Square Park, meet near the pavilion

Cost: Free

Information: 478-751-9280

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