How would it change your life and our world, to finally feel radiant in your whole being?
Join The Movement.
“We can begin by doing small things at the local level. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.”
– Grace Lee Boggs
Come experience deep peace, vibrant joy, and radiant interconnectedness.
We empower people to have daily and consistent passion to care for self, other and the environment through loving awareness (rather than fear guilt and shame) through yoga in beautiful natural spaces and integrating yoga practices deeper through yoga coaching.
When I started practicing my yoga outside, I did not know it would totally change my life.
Really, all you have to do is come to class…
This is what happened:
I started to practice my own yoga outside in Acadia National Park after my teacher training in 2009.
– a beloved place I had grown up hiking and playing in –
And I fell in love in a whole new way.
I began to feel resonance with the earth: I felt an undercurrent of resource, richness and love regardless of external circumstances.
How does this all happen through Yoga in Your Park?
I saw and now see the ways I was out of alignment with my values – without the typical shame, self criticism and feelings of overwhelm that I usually associate with green guilt. I can rest in the choices I make.
This love is cultivated through felt sense connection. When we say, “feel how the earth supports you” we mean literally. A sense of wealth and richness arises through witnessing the miracle of what is happening all around us. At Yoga in Your Park we learn that to appreciate means to attend to what is around you with that loving awareness cultivated within. It has been my experience that I can feel intricately connected one day, and I wake up feeling scared and lonely another. Outdoor yoga practice roots you daily in this love, strengthening your ability to rest in luxury, and peaceful abiding.
We create a platform for the most passionate earth loving yogis of your local area to bring what they love to do directly to you…
As I am writing this, it has only been 3.5 months since I decided to open my seed of an idea to the national stage. We now have nearly 100 people committed to the vision of transformation through the simple practice of outdoor yoga. Come see what can happen for you.
You are enormously powerful.
Remember that with Yoga in Your Park.
You are a droplet in the movement of this coming wave; you are full of dynamic potential actualizing in every moment. Take your eyes off of the next disaster, place your attention on your felt sense experience, and remember your love.
Turning around the way that we relate with our environment MUST be a collective effort. We simply cannot do this alone.
In the long term, your participation or investment will support…
1) Living wages for our staff
2) Necessary and deserved park fees
3) Teacher training
4) Development of updated iterations of operating structures
5) A new app and web site updates that will allow for the seed of this idea to spread across the country with grace and ease. We are using the technology we have to REALLY connect 😀
6) Development of our eco-friendly educational product boutique.
7) Getting the word out. We join local chambers, and do advertising in various ways. We are ready for the world to know what we have been up to.
Yoga in Your Park students discover their deeper values in seemingly innocuous outdoor yoga classes – usually while on vacation – with teachers trained to guide them through noticing the impact of choices that only they can resolve. They are shown how small choices can help them match their values to actions that they take in everyday life. No fear, no guilt, no shame. Just direction towards a simple, loving, aware, choice. Can you feel the power of what would happen if we all made these small choices together at the same time?
Here’s why it’s of vital importance for humans to spend time doing yoga outside right now:
We all know climate change may be one of the greatest emerging threats to humanity at this time. Due to our technologically savvy culture, we are more connected than ever, and we are suffering from even more feelings of isolation and depression than ever. Yoga in Your Park uses our love of technology (our YogaInYourPark app and website) to bring people together where they turn off their cell phones, and spend an hour long class in non-judgmental meditative awareness. Through connection to self, other, the beautiful natural environment, a deep love is remembered.
I started teaching yoga on top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in 2009, where I gratefully enjoyed running, hiking, and swimming since my earliest active days. Yet it was the outdoor yoga that changed my life. Yoga is naturally transformative reminding you to connect: Through breath, the feeling of the sensations, wind buffering your body and challenging your balance, the taste of salty air, the forgiveness of the sand on hips, the smell of morning dew, the sun settling on your face.
I began to notice where in my life I had a choice to do something different – do something more aligned with my love for myself, others, and the earth. Right now you have a choice too!
Will you support Yoga in Your Park, the program that makes a difference by reducing environmental impact AND helps people experience the enormous benefits of spending time doing yoga in nature? You know how you feel when you take a few deep breaths, looking at a beautiful vista. What would society be like if more people, more often, felt that sense of inspiration, calm, and peace?
We are fully committed to healing the human relationship with the planet.
Are you? Imagine the world we can create together….
We at Children, Families, and Communities, the 501c3 non-profit that Yoga in Your Park calls home, are SO grateful for your vote of confidence.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Another way to get involved is to teach for us! Go to www.yogainyourpark.com/teach for more information
Go outside. Feel your feet on the earth, notice the sun, the clouds that make you grateful for it, and take a deep breath.
It will change the world.
Want to work with Ellen towards achieving your dreams?
Yoga in your Park is a program of Children Families & Communities is a tax exempt, 501-c3 non-profit organization.
Our call is to integrity. We are creating a yoga program and we are insanely committed to creating the world we want to call ours:
We are paying our yoga teachers well, we are enjoying human creations, we are staying awake and aware to how our actions impact this earth. Your membership, drop-ins and donations all go towards this end. We love you.
“There are moments in one’s life that appear at first to be a bit unplanned , spontaneous, where one is pulled to something quite out of the ordinary and out of one’s comfort zone . Yet days, sometimes months, even years later, one finds that moment to be a transformational point in one’s life . A few summers ago I had traveled across the country to visit some dear relatives who had been vacationing in Maine. At that point I had been newer in my yoga practice , was a bit shy and even a bit self conscious , yet I was drawn to try a class that I had seen advertised about a sunset yoga class on top of Cadillac Mountain. That decision to take that class was a pivotal point in my life, watching the sunset as I practiced yoga atop a beautiful mountain in one of our nation’s magnificent national parks changed my life’s path forever .”
– Macy Ratliff Student, & Now Teacher, for Yoga in Your Park
Where will this journey take you?