This is week 4 of my Houston event series! Each week I attend an event that is uniquely Houston and cover it here on the blog.
Downtown Houston is a concrete jungle at its finest iteration. Skyscrapers dominate, but in the middle of the hustle and bustle is a tiny green oasis- Discovery Green. Discovery Green is a park and recreational green space smack dab in the middle of downtown, complete with pond, sculptures, and a small amphitheater. They host a plethora of events, from live music to ice skating in the winter. The event I attended there this week, however, was called “Yoga in the Park.”
Discovery Green hosts different types of yoga at different times and days of the week, but I attended a core-focused yoga class. This class was part of a weekly series presented by Sprouts Farmers Market. This series runs from spring to fall, with classes each Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The class is free to all, but all attendees must sign a liability waiver and provide their own mats. If you are interested, they do sell mats beforehand for your convenience!
While the moves taught are not particularly advanced and will be no surprise to those who have taken yoga before, I will warn that this is not by any means a beginner’s class. The instructor moves quickly through the movements to help facilitate a smooth flow but does not spend time breaking down the “how-to” of each one. This made, in my opinion, for a more satisfying and intense workout, but I recommend taking at least a couple basic classes before tackling this one.
There is a raised stage where the instructor is positioned, and most (including me!) find a spot on the same stage. However, some opt to practice in the grass behind the instructor, so there are no worries about running out of space! The vibe as I approached this setup is instantly calming, and an assistant plays crystal singing bowls next to the instructor, their calming melodies adding to the restorative nature of the session.
As I “chaturanga”d my way down and through the yoga flow, I was able to look up to the clear night sky and stars above me, sideways to the heights of downtown towering around me, and sideways to the lush green grass of the park. It was a unique perspective, and I found myself falling more and more in love with everything Houston has to offer with every meditative breath.