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Free yoga offered on Duluth Town Green

If You Go

What: Yoga on the green

When: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Duluth Town Green, 3167 Main St., Duluth

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit yourmindfulpath.com

DULUTH -- A few months ago, Jennifer Del Castillo of Your Mindful Path Counseling & Yoga approached the city of Duluth about hosting free yoga classes.

On Saturday, her dream is coming true. The yoga teacher is inviting the public out on the Duluth Town Green to stretch, breathe and move with her for an hour.

"I contacted the city of Duluth a few months back about teaching outdoor yoga for the community." Del Castillo said. "There wasn't anything really offered (like that) in Gwinnett County. A few days ago, the marketing assistant contacted me about the class -- it caught me by surprise."

All levels of students are invited to join the complimentary class -- even if you've never tried yoga before.

"It's not about putting your head behind your head like a pretzel," Del Castillo said with a laugh. "You don't have to worry about looking like the other person next to you. We're all different anyway. That's the beauty of pranakriya -- perfect is OK, but it doesn't exist. We should strive to be better and try, but don't push yourself to overstrain yourself."

What's pranakriya? It's the type of yoga that Del Castillo practices.

"It focuses on three different things: breathing, movement within the inner body (listening in to your body's needs) and moving meditation (going with the flow)," she said. "It's all about being aware and paying attention to you."

And any age can join the session: from young adults to active seniors. If you have injuries, there are modifications in each pose.

"If we're at a rest period in child's pose and you need a little extra something, take it," Del Castillo said. "I'm not the type of teacher that says don't do that because I didn't say that."

There will be mats, blocks and other props available to use during the class, courtesy of Your Mindful Path, or bring your own items. Those interested should arrive wearing comfortable clothes and be ready to take off their shoes.

"The morning is gentle and therapeutic," the instructor said. "I hope people can say, 'I've been able to find out about my community and the people in the community.' It's about coming out and having a fun time."

Del Castillo and her studio will be highlighted as 11Alive Morning Show stops by Duluth today. She and some of her yoga students are demonstrating several poses for the show.