Happy Monday everyone!
So I finally did a thing this past weekend that has been on my to-do list for a very long time. I enjoyed a Saturday morning yoga class, “Yoga on the Lawn” outside at Oak City Brewing Company in Knightdale, NC, located right next to Knightdale Station Park. Taught by Kristi Blankenship, who also teaches at Victory Power Yoga in Clayton, NC, this yoga class had the best vibes. When I arrived, the weather was perfect. There was a breeze floating through the air, the sun was warm and bright, but not overly hot. I was excited!
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Let’s Give Yoga On The Lawn A Try!
I arrived to find music floating through the air and Kristi chatting with other yoga students. I signed in and was kindly greeted. When I told Kristi I hadn’t done yoga in over a decade, the first thing she said to me was, “Oh girl, no worries, it’s like riding a bike!” and my anxieties were calmed. Women of all ages and body types were there just doing their thing, enjoying the exercise and beautiful weather. Kristi was fun, warm, engaging, and patient with me.
This was a donation class for her friend, Dave, who is going through the process of having a heart transplant. To honor him, all of the music she played had a “heart” theme. It was inspiring to see someone with such love and desire to help others. I’ve never done a yoga class while listening to Nirvana before, but it was awesome.
I’m not going to lie and pretend that I’m a yogi and know all of the poses we did. All I know is that I stretched muscles I haven’t stretched in a long time. I spent a moment doing some thoughtful, quiet breathing and reflecting. When the students wobbled or lost their balance, no one cared. And yes, my muscles shook from holding poses. By the end, I had worked up a sweat. But it felt great! It felt wonderful to be outside and get some exercise.
Enjoying A Craft Beer From Oak City Brewing Company
As yoga on the lawn wrapped up, we all made our way to Oak City Brewing’s bar where we ordered our drinks. Such positive, supportive vibes were complemented at the end with a delicious, cold glass of beer. The entire class went up, ordered their beverages, and then had a chance to sit around and chat. I tried Apricot on First…a wheat beer with apricot puree and a hint of tartness. Parker’s Hall of Fame Deli and Grill food truck was available too for those hungry after class or wanting a snack with their drink.
I’ve got to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not getting more pictures of my drink, the inside of the brewery, and the beautiful outside lawn and pergola area. I was so happy to just be there and enjoy the experience that I lost track of all of that (plus, this whole blogging thing is still new to me…lesson learned)! But don’t worry, another post dedicated solely to Oak City Brewing Company is coming!
Beautiful breezes, warm sun, chirping birds, and just flowing with some strong women under a shaded pergola strung with cafe lights. There really was no better way to spend a Saturday morning for a mom desperate for some much-needed, “me” time. Namaste!
Want To Give Yoga On The Lawn A Try? Here’s More Info!
Interested in giving it a try? Are you looking for yoga in Knightdale, NC? If so, classes meet every other Saturday, weather permitting, from 11 am-12 pm. Please see the Yoga on the Lawn Facebook group page or Oak City Brewing Company’s event calendar for more information. I hope I get a chance to see you there! ?