Nine-year-old Yoga Rocks the Park Proving Tradition Does Not Mean Stagnation

Omaha, Neb. – Now entering its ninth year in Omaha’s Turner Park, Yoga Rocks the Park (YRTP) is proving as energetic as ever – bringing the new, building on tradition and welcoming all.

The dynamic blend of outdoor yoga and live music opens its 2019 season on May 5, and continues every Sunday through June 23. As always, YRTP is free and open to yoga enthusiasts of all ages and mobility levels.

“As a community event, we value all our community members,” says local YRTP organizer Lora McCarville. “Our yoga teachers were purposefully-chosen because of their use of posture cueing in their public classes that is all levels, gender inclusive and body neutral. Our collective work as yoga teachers and a yoga event is to see blind spots and do better, make connections, be in relationships, and include those who have been left out. This has been at the heart of our mission at Yoga Rocks the Park.”

One of Midtown Crossing’s most popular summer events, YRTP proves, year after year, that tradition does not equal stagnation.

“We are excited to fill the park with an Acro Yoga Jam before the yoga and live music. Our resident Qi-Gong teacher, Sarah Brandt, who has taught before yoga, is now on the schedule for a full class. We are excited to bring back musician Tubby Love from Hawaii and Jean-Jacques Gabriel from Philadelphia. There are a few other surprises in our healing tent and with guest speakers, but they’ll be announced on our social media,” McCarville says.

  • Acro Yoga Jam (a chance to meet, practice & play with fellow acroyogis): 1-4 p.m.
  • Registration: 3:45 p.m.
  • Outdoor yoga + music: 4-5 p.m.
  • Camp Yoga Rocks (a nationally-recognized program for children ages 4-10): 4-5 p.m.
  • Healing Tent: 5-5:30 p.m. 

Admission to YRTP is free, but a $5 donation is suggested each week. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gift of Sight, an organization dedicated to healing unnecessary blindness locally and globally. YRTP has committed to curing 40 people of unnecessary blindness through Gift of Sight. Any additional funds will benefit local flood relief efforts.

2019 Schedule:

MAY 5
Instructor: Stephanie Watson
Musician: Aly Peeler
Camp YR: Anne-Marie Avalon

MAY 12
Instructor: Cydney Franklin
Musician: Ketho
Camp YR: Kacie White

MAY 19
Instructor: Jean-Jacques Gabriel
Musician: Linear Symmetry 
Camp YR: Sarah Lively

MAY 26
Instructor: Alysha Walker-Findley 
Musician: Tyrone Storm
Camp YR: Katie Tessin

JUNE 2
Instructor: Lindsay Lee Decker
Musician: Miwi LaLupa
Camp YR: Acro Omaha

JUNE 9
Instructor: Jessica Ann Thompson
Musician: Edem
Camp YR: Kendall Lanning 

JUNE 16
Instructor: John Turnquist
Musician: DJ Chalis Bristol
Camp YR: Cal Reeves

JUNE 23
Instructor: Sarah Brandt
Musician: Tubby Love & Amber Lily
Camp YR: Ryan Allen/Meghan Nelson

 

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