My car temperature read 98 degrees. After walking 5 long blocks from the Grant Park Garage, I arrived at the open green space of the former Band-shell. I laid down my mat and belongings, trusting they would be there when I returned, and searched for shade. I found a comfortable spot in the Smart Water tent and waited for the main event.
As the amazing Rich Logan took the stage a smoke like haze covered the city. Rich led the large crowd through an informative, funny practice under the blue sky. He reminded us to connect with the earth and have fun while moving into triangle, warrior and downward facing dog.
Toward the end of class, we were instructed to create a circle with ten nearby yogis. We scrunched close and twisted holding our unfamiliar neighbor's sweaty hands. As our fingers connected, we pulled and created this beautiful stretch. Then we threaded our arms under our legs and once again held hands. We looked forward, leaned back and lifted our legs making eye contact and giggling in a childlike moment. I observed hundreds of little circles of strangers coming together.
As the fog lifted, the sun came out and we settled in savasana. Rich picked up his guitar and serenaded us ending with a powerful group chant that brought chills to my overheated body.
It was a peaceful event. There was no pushing, stealing or screaming, simply calm humans' coming together on a Tuesday night to do yoga.