There have been times more recently where I have been hindered by self doubt, but it really is an innate thing I do, and when I know, I know. This was the case with my Perth park yoga classes. A cousin/personal trainer had mentioned using the parks to me when I returned home to Perth last year in September. The idea lingered and while the weather wasn't too great for me to start immediately, I felt there was something in this idea for me.
As the weather fined up, the thought kept coming to me. I really couldn't think of anything better than to make the most of the beautiful weather and scenery in Perth, especially after 10 years in Melbourne where anything outdoors would be short lived, so I started to practice in the parks, exploring different spaces and playing with the idea some more.
Once I started to see it as possible it took on a life of it's own and gained momentum. From checking out outdoor spaces, to calling local councils, before I knew it I had made a video and I was raising funds to pay the park fees to begin.
With two classes in McDougall Park in Como and three on the South Perth foreshore, we began humbly.
Some mornings I practiced on my own, though I didn't mind. I loved being up at that time of the day, moving my body mindfully in Nature listening to the birds and human life beginning their day.
And before I knew it I found some fellow nature / early morning lovers to join me.
It has been such a pleasure to witness our little group grow and blossom in the Park. Familiar faces returning week after week and a small park yoga community forming. So much so were we enjoying it that we prolonged our classes in the park, despite the cooler weather beginning to set in.
In April we could hold out no longer with our 6.30am classes and we moved indoors to the South Perth Yoga Shala.
And finally in early May with the end of my park permit and a few chilly classes we made the move to Angelo Street at eh South Perth Uniting Church hall (conveniently walking distance from our regular post yoga breakfast haunt).
Synchronistically, as has often occurred in this journey, we were able to take this picture at one of our last classes on the foreshore. Wish I could say I organised the sign, however it was set up beside us for a wedding to be held there that night.
I couldn't have thought of anything better than yoga outdoors enjoying Perth's spectacular weather and these amazing views and it was such a blessing to find others that felt the same and to watch our little group grow.
I will treasure the many amazing moments we shared, and definitely look forward to returning to the park when the warmer weather returns!
Thank you with all my heart.
I look forward to seeing you in our new classes.
PS: You can find all the details for the new classes by clicking here.