By Kathie Scanlon
The Philipstown area has multiple yoga classes but only one outdoors. Can’t wait to get outside and out of your head at the end of the workday in one of the prettiest spots locally? Every Monday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the lawn along the Hudson River (until Sept. 8), Ellen Forman teaches Yoga with a View at Boscobel.
To reduce stress, stay fit or seek serenity, yoga may offer solutions. Boscobel Deputy Executive Director Carolin Serino enjoyed beginning her day by practicing yoga on the grounds, and wishing to share that opportunity, she approached Forman seven seasons ago. Forman has practiced yoga for 20 years and completed her 500-hour teacher certification with The Himalayan Institute in India; she is the owner of PranaMoon Yoga at the Hat Factory in Peekskill.
On average, about 25 students spread their mats to gaze down the river and over to West Point. The class is geared toward all levels of students, beginners to advanced. Forman explains that practicing in the fresh air increases the benefits of yogic breathing. On a perfect early summer evening recently, participants did mountain pose amidst the Hudson Highlands, sun breathes while reaching up to a blue sky dotted by fluffy clouds, and tree pose under a stately oak tree before ending in final relaxation, stretched out on the cool grass. A lovely way to start the week.
Note: If you have special health conditions, see your healthcare provider before beginning recreation and sports fitness programs.
Photo by K. Scanlon