Yoga means 'union,' and when it's practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt. Many aspects of yoga are in fact about being in the moment and at one with nature or the universe. That's why so many asanas reflect animals and nature. For example putting your body into the shape of a tree or a stretching cat or dog or saluting the sun you can evoke a sense of harmony and connection to the universe. By practicing outside on the natural ground you can focus on balance more than a flat floor. I invite yogis to use the distraction of practicing in the park as an opportunity to find some peace, patience, and center.