I just recently moved to the Utica area, and as a yogi, naturally the first thing I did was seek out yoga classes.
I was thrilled to find out about Yoga in the Square, who doesn’t love to do yoga outside? Especially when it’s free! I was able to make it to the second class, and let me tell you, it was amazing. The energy between those alley walls was so powerful. The flow was energizing and challenging, providing a safe space for anyone from beginners to advanced practitioners.
I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Sara Miller after class. I inquired about the yoga community and studios in this area and let her know what I was looking for. After talking for a while she recommended that I check out In Bloom Yoga studio. As someone who is always looking to explore new styles of teaching and practices, In Bloom sounded right up my alley.
For a brief backstory on myself, I went to Costa Rica for a month in the Fall of 2015 for my Yoga Teacher Training. I have been traveling ever since, teaching classes here and there, learning different styles of yoga native to certain areas, and deepening my own personal practice and knowledge of yoga.
I just recently started a membership at In Bloom Yoga and couldn’t wait to attend my first class. Unfortunately because of the flooding, classes were cancelled for a few days.
However, I was able to attend the pop up yoga class they hosted in Clinton Square on Tuesday morning. Yoga outside on the 4th of July, what a freeing and liberating way to start the day.
The class was led by Colleen Lagrasse. About 30 people showed up in Clinton Square, rolled out their mats and settled in for a 4th of July flow. The people, the space, the weather and the message was beautiful.
Class started off in a seated position where we focused on the three part breath, letting everything else drift away. We then set an intention for our practice and moved through a few sun salutations. Heat began to rise as we flowed through a series of standing and balancing poses; crescent lunge, warrior I, warrior II, chair, tree pose, eagle and half moon. After grounding ourselves in movement through this standing series, we moved onto grounding through seated postures; forward folds, baddha konasana, and legs up the wall. The flow was well-rounded and suited for all levels of yoga practitioners.
At the end of class, we had worked really hard and felt great. The body feels this great release, this feeling of liberation and freedom. We were given time to revel in this release as we laid in savasana, with the sun beaming on our sweaty faces.