Practicing yoga and experiencing the outdoors are popular options for those looking to relax. When you combine these activities, what you get is the idea behind Community Yoga in the Park at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown.

Hosted by Karma Yoga and Hot Yoga Studio in Eliza­bethtown, the program takes place at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month, weather permitting. Classes take place in the field across from the lower playground off of the park’s Blue Heron Way entrance.

This year’s program began in June and continues until Sep­tember or October.

“As long as the weather is nice we’re going to continue,” organizer Elizabeth McNeil said.

Though this is a recurring program for Karma, this is the first year the program benefits Karma’s Yoga for Food program, benefiting Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen in Eliza­beth­town. Karma hosts a fundraising event for Warm Blessings each November to support the soup kitchen’s Thanks­giving dinner and day-to-day operation funding.

“This a community class and we want people to come and enjoy the park and enjoy doing yoga outside and we just decided to turn it into part of this fundraiser,” McNeil said.

McNeil said classes are very beginner-friendly and no prior yoga experience is required. Each session takes about an hour, she said.

All sessions are free, but attendees are encouraged to donate to the Yoga for Food program. All ages are welcome and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and something to sit on such as a yoga mat, sheet or towel.

McNeil said participating in yoga at the lake offers a unique experience that cannot be found in a conventional studio. To that end, she said Karma hopes to one day host paddle board yoga sessions.

“It’s just a very different experience to do it outside,” she said. “There’s always a wonderful breeze coming off of the lake.”

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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