Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges declared this week to be Bragging Week. Ironically, we can’t really brag about our summer weather (or assure the southerners that our humidity can keep up with theirs) while everyone visits for the All-Star Game. But we can brag that bad weather never stops a Minneapple-ton from getting outdoors!
Guess what I’m going to brag about? Outdoor Yoga of course! It’s number 12 on the list of suggested activities to try and brag about in the Mayor’s Bragging Challenge:
- Rooftop patio
- A farmer’s market
- Brunch at your favorite restaurant
- Visit your favorite brewpub
- Play a round of golf at Theodore Wirth
- Enjoy a show at Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks
- Lawn bowling or bocce ball at your favorite spot
- Visit a museum
- Visit favorite donut shop
- Visit a community garden
- Take your kids to a wading pool/playground at a Minneapolis park
- Outdoor yoga by the lakes
- Take a picture outside your Minneapolis grade school, HS or college alma mater (or wearing a shirt with the logo)
- Visit a dog park
- Take a picture of your favorite view of the Minneapolis skyline
- Use a Nice Ride bike to ride along the Midtown Greenway or the Grand Rounds.
Notice a theme? A lot of outdoor activities to highlight the best Minneapolis offers in the summer. Anyways, for the complete list of activities in the bragging challenge, click here. Then join me Wednesday nights (all summer), or Luminous Yoga on Tuesday nights. You can even bike on a Nice Ride and tick two items off the challenge list. Take a picture and post it to twitter or Facebook with #BragMpls.
An excerpt behind how Bragging Week came about in MinnPost:
On the other hand, if I were a mayor who only focused on our problems, people would not, and should not, tolerate that, either. Solutions to our problems – as well as our brightest future — lie in no small part in bringing creative, big-hearted people here to live, to work, and to play, and keeping all the creative, big-hearted people who live here already. To encourage people to do that, they need to know how great we are. And for them to know how great we are, we need to brag. And we need to start now.
I agree with the Mayor that we must focus on our problems but we also need to recognize our strengths for solutions to problems. The big reason I started outdoor yoga classes was because I recognized a need for an affordable option for those who may not have the means to go take classes in a private studio, but want to try or continue a practice. Also, some people (like my running friends) want to try yoga as athletes but don’t want to commit a lot of money to something they’re skeptical about. While we want to yoga, we don’t always want to go inside on a precious gorgeous summer night.
I found myself in many a few low-paying jobs right after I completed teacher training. If it were not for getting hired by a couple of gyms and some private studios offering teacher discounts, I couldn’t have kept up a regular practice. Yoga and the people I’ve met through it (like all of you) have been dear to me as I struggled with finding a job with a true livable wage. Thank you for teaching me as much as I hopefully have been of help to you!
So please come. Whether you can donate a dollar, $5, $20 or none, my classes are here for you to come as you are. The spirit of donation yoga is that all beings, shapes and sizes are welcome.