Yoga on the Green offers outdoor inspiration |

Yoga on the Green offers outdoor inspiration

Patty Zimmer leads Yoga on the Green at the Yampa River Botanic Park.
Brooke Bumgarner

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What: Yoga on the Green

When: 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until Aug. 27

Where: Yampa River Botanic Park lawn, 1000 Pamela Lane

Other outdoor yoga venues:

Torian Plum Plaza: 9 to 10 a.m., various Sundays

Top of the Gondola: 10 to 11 a.m. July 24 and Aug. 28

Strings Pavilion: 10 to 11 a.m., various Wednesday and Saturdays

These classes are offered through Yoga Center of Steamboat with suggested $10 donation.

— As the fresh morning dew begins to fade under the beating summer sun, yoga mats fill the lawn, surrounded by the sound of singing sparrows and the sight vibrant flowers in bloom.

From 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Yoga on the Green takes place at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. The classes welcome all levels and will run until Saturday, Aug. 27.

“I thought it would be an absolutely wonderful addition to our community,” said Evelyn Berge, Yampa River Botanic Park board member.

After proposing her idea of hosting yoga at the park to the board, she recruited Patty Zimmer to develop Yoga on the Green, which has now brought in new instructors and expanded the program’s reach.

On Tuesday morning, over 55 mats were strewn across the luscious green lawn as Zimmer guided her class.

“We have an opportunity to deepen our yoga practice by supporting the park and vice versa,” Zimmer said. “There’s infinite space around us in the park, surrounded by this true beauty of nature and the hard work of the volunteers who have helped create this space.

“I think it helps us tap into that inner yoga, that feeling of gratitude and appreciation for not only the space but that we’re here in Steamboat, that we’re healthy, that we have friends, just all of the gifts that we have in our lives,” Zimmer added.

No experience is necessary to enjoy the classes offered with one of four teachers who include Zimmer, Mandy Leonhardt, Ashley Kaszysnki and new addition Samantha Nimock. A mat or towel and water, along with a suggested donation of $10 to help support the free botanic park, are suggested.

“This let’s us get outside and get some exercise,” Zimmer explained. “It’s a chance to not only strengthen your body but fill your heart and clear your mind.”

“Yoga. Fresh Air. Flowers. Friends. It’s just great,” said returning Yoga on the Green enthusiast Dona Steele. “It’s my treat to myself each week.”

A special feature of these yoga classes is that they bring a mixture of people to them; there will be locals, visitors, newbies, and even families. For those who are concerned about being stuck in the hot sun, shade is also an option. It’s a secluded space where all can feel at peace, with an opportunity to leave tensions at the park gate.

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