By Vita Forest
Today I did my first ever outdoor yoga class. How lovely it was – the breeze on our bodies, the grass beneath our feet, the harbour wrapping around the hill – because, that’s right, it was at Barangaroo Reserve on the Stargazer Lawn. (It does seem a little that I spend a good part of my free time at this park…)
Last week when we were there for a birthday picnic for Lucy, my sister pointed out that they were holding yoga sessions there every Saturday through October, so today I managed to make it to the last session.
I got up early (for a weekend), slathered myself in sunscreen (this is Australia people), and packed my backpack (deciding on a beach towel rather than a yoga mat as I also planned to do some walking).
I caught the train to the city. Occasionally, I fret about writer’s block, but then I catch a train. Apart from the people engrossed in their phones, this is what I saw;
- a flash of mauve, scarlet and magenta – Jacaranda next to Flame tree next to Boganvillea.
- wild weedy daisies bobbing their golden heads along the strip of grass beside the train track.
- a trio of fisherman fresh from their exploits on a ferry wharf on the harbour, carrying all their equipment. This included a fishing rod, a bucket sloshing with their catch, and some folding chairs. Their chairs being more comfortable than Sydney Rail’s, one of the men opened his up and proceeded to sit and relax in it among the poles of the train’s standing area. As we passed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, he flipped his cap backwards too. He could have been at a barbecue. (Being a witness to these sort of events are one of the reasons I love public transport).
I walked down from Wynard, joining the yogis on the lawn. Some of them were sunbaking on their mats as we waited. I picked a spot in the shade of the Harbourmaster tower, which cut a blade of shadow across the lawn like a giant sundial. As the practise went on and time passed, some of us had to peel off and move to the other side of the group to stay shaded. We downward dogged, warriored and lion-posed it (sticking out our tongues to Balmain as we did the last one). On one downward dog, I glanced behind me and saw a familiar black schnauzer tied to a pole. Scanning about on the up dog, I saw that Saskia had joined us. I noticed the ferries and the spinnakers of yachts as we saluted the sun, but most of all, the changing layers of wispy clouds above us in the blue sky.
We lay on our backs for savasana and closed our eyes. I felt the wind on my cheeks, and heard a train on the Harbour Bridge, the clanging of cranes, and then, the clicking of a camera shutter moving in a circle around us.,
I suppose we were a sight to behold.