NORTH SMITHFIELD – Cheryl Marandola says you don’t need to know what a downward facing dog is to enjoy a new outdoor yoga program starting this Saturday.
Beginners are welcome to take part in free classes held four times in August on the lawn in front of North Smithfield Town Hall at 83 Greene St.
The new program, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, starts on Saturday, August 7th at 8:00 am. Participants are invited to come with a towel, blanket or yoga mat and practice yoga basics in the fresh air outdoors.
Marandola, a certified yoga teacher, is also chair of the city’s park and recreation commission. She volunteered to teach the free courses as a trial run to see if residents were interested in the activity.
“The intention here is to test the waters,” Marandola told city council members this week. “It doesn’t cost the residents anything. It won’t cost the city. “
Councilor John Beauregard said he thought it was a great idea.
“You may not believe it, but I do yoga. I think it’s great, ”said Beauregard. “I’ll be there. It helped my back a lot.”
City attorney David Igliozzi confirmed that the activity is covered by the city’s insurance and the city councils unanimously approved the application for use of the city property.
Classes take place on Saturdays, August 7th and 21st from 8 a.m. and on Wednesdays, August 11 and 25, from 6 p.m. The events will be canceled in the event of rain or temperatures above 85 degrees.
Questions can be directed to Leisure Director Kate Pasquariello at [email protected]