STREET SERENITY: YOGAPALOOZA INVITES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO FREE PRACTICE ON PEARL STREET
ALBANY—Last September, right before the aptly named PearlPalooza launched into an afternoon of free music on Pearl Street in Albany, the asphalt was covered in yoga mats, and people of all ages moving together through a sun salutation. Breathing in unison, a few hundred participants moved from pose to pose, smiling in the bright sunshine as an eagle flew overhead.
I know because I was there, blissed out by the vibe of movement, breath, and presence with the large group of strangers. I’ve attended many yoga classes in studios and parks throughout my life, but I had never practiced in a street-wide event and was shocked at how the synergy of the large crowd lifted my heart with each breath.