Get your mat in the grass

There are challenges that come with an outdoor yoga practice but also the benefit of forcing oneself to tune out external distractions.

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Photo courtesy of Spark Yoga, Mosaic

Debora Jackson, yoga instructor at Mind the Mat, Mind Your Body Oasis and Pure Prana, admits there are challenges that come with an outdoor yoga practice but notes the benefits of forcing oneself to tune out external distractions. “When I practiced outside, I really felt communion with nature and a very heightened sense of awareness and focus,” she says. “It’s made me more able to be in the world as it is without trying to change it.”

Try It

Meditation and Mixes
July 23 and Aug. 20, 5 p.m.

Haul your mat over to Hurkamp Park for some twilight yoga and a post-workout cocktail at Kybecca. Your $20 admission covers the class and one cocktail. // Hurkamp Park: 500 William St., Fredericksburg

Yoga Under the Stars
Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Gather at Mosaic’s Strawberry Park for yoga, ice cream and the option to pipe in a DJ’s beats on LED headphones during your practice. Admission is $35 in advance and $45 at door. // Spark Yoga: 2987 District Ave., Suite 120, Fairfax

Cool Yoga
June 28-Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, Cool Yoga unites locals of all levels for free outdoor yoga. The evening’s capped off with an after party with refreshments. // Just ASK Publications parking lot: 1900 Mount Vernon Ave., Del Ray

(July 2017 Outdoor Fun Guide)

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