The Yoga in Your Park Story

We love connection.  

At Yoga in Your Park, we believe that connection to nature, to others and to self makes for happier humans. We are obsessively passionate about taking the technology that we often use to disconnect and using it as a platform to introduce people to the most beautiful places on Earth, to each other and inside. 

​​​Our founding

Yoga in Your Park was founded by Ellen Pierce in 2009.

At the time it was just CEO Ellen, her yoga practice, and a deep love for Acadia National Park, the land where she grew up swimming, playing and hiking.  We found this project to be awe-inspiring for teachers and students alike. It is an experience like none other.

Planting seeds

We added breathtaking places including Yosemite National Park in California, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Magic Island in Hawaii, and Redwoods National Park in California. We added iconic places including Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Boston Commons in Massachusetts, Central Park and Prospect Park in New York and City Parks in Boulder, Colorado. 

Growing roots

To best serve our community we created instructor training that specifically teaches instructors how to teach in a way that protects our planet, cares for relationships, and tunes us to our deepest needs. 

Branching out

YiP Instructors love connecting with nature, YiP students and themselves. So we created the Curriculum for Connection - this three part educational curriculum makes YiP teachers uniquely suited to teach in dynamic outdoor settings, as well as strengthens their skills as Yoga instructors and leaders of the Connection Movement. 

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