Idaho Yoga Week to Kick Off With Free Class in Cecil D. Andrus Park in Downtown Boise 

Idaho Yoga Week has been a Gem State institution since 2012, when Idaho Health and Yoga Awareness founder Naomi Jones took the idea to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office and earned his seal of approval. 

"I'd been helped a lot emotionally, mentally and physically by the practice of yoga and I wanted to share it with others," said Jones, who left a career in pharmaceutical sales to pursue integrative health care. She's now an instructor at Sage Yoga & Wellness, and co-creator of the Sage Yoga & Wellness Yoga School in addition to founding IHYA.

As it has for the past five years, Idaho Yoga Week will kick off Sunday, June 3, at 4 p.m. with what Jones called a "Mass Class" in the newly renamed Cecil D. Andrus Park. She said she expects an abundance of yogis to fill the green space in front of the Idaho State Capital Building for the free 90-minute class taught by local instructors Sean Duffy (MUUV Yoga), Kimberly Azzarito (Yoga Tree of Boise) and Mary Baker (Zen Riot).

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"That's been really popular, we get a couple hundred people [who] come down and practice together for free under the trees," said Jones. "It's a lot of fun."

Jones also said that throughout the week, most of the Treasure Valley's 28 yoga studios will offer free or discounted classes to first-time customers, and local teachers will offer out-of-studio activities like hikes and additional outdoor classes in city parks. Other "integrative care" advocates like chiropractors will also participate in the festivities.

To close out the week on Saturday, June 9, local instructor Jason Allen Carr (Hollywood Market Yoga) will teach a free Closing Ceremony class at The Balcony, followed up with complimentary mimosas.

"Yoga brings people together and brings out the best in people," said Jones, summing up the purpose of Idaho Yoga Week. "It's for everyone."

A full list of participating studios and events can be found on the IHYA Facebook page
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