People + Parks: Outside Om

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By Elizabeth McGuire

If everybody grew up with a meditation mindset and the ability to use it to reduce stress, the world would be a much better place.” That conviction anchors and motivates An Dang, co-owner of The Little Yoga House and supporter of Austin Parks Foundation’s Fitness in the Park program.

For the last several years Dang has been sharing the benefits of yoga with children and families, and she believes that teaching young kids how to control their emotions and relax their bodies is key to a healthier adulthood.

“Yoga teaches so many mindful skills that I wish every child—every individual—had the opportunity to learn,” Dang said.

Thanks to APF’s Fitness in the Park program, every child does have that opportunity. Dang and her business partner, Abby Nagler, began working with APF in 2014, with the goal of focusing the free, outdoor fitness program on families and children.

Family yoga is a great opportunity for families to do something engaging and healthy together. Unlike other weekend activities that have parents sitting on the sidelines, Fitness in the Park gets parents and kids participating right alongside each other. The family that downward dogs together, stays together!

“Yoga in the park is not your typical yoga class,” said Dang. “We’re going to be silly, we’re going to move, we’re going to make animal noises. It’s yoga in a much more playful way.”<