Yoga In Central Park: 25 Photos That Capture The Magic Of NYC

I love working in Central Park when I'm in New York. Each time I visit, the landscape is dramatically different. In the spring, the skies were a vivid shade of blue, and pink flowers decorated the trees throughout the chilly park. And while the barrenness of winter was often still rampant, new life was also beginning to sprout forth. Seasons in transition are seasons of their own.

With summer officially here, there's no better time to visit the city's largest, iconic green space. Here are 25 images that encompass the beauty of Central Park, a reminder to all of us that the magic is still there.

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Ashika Gogna stopped, dropped and found her way in Compass Pose, in the midst of a busy entrance to the park at 59th St., while the driver of this retro taxi was on break.

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Andrea Rice, mindbodygreen's Yoga Editor, enjoyed getting her feet dirty on the cold, late spring soil. Going barefoot and "earthing" is a rare opportunity for most New York City dwellers.

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At the Path of the Poets, three friends danced their way into spring. Pictured from left to right: Nikki Adkins, Laura Eakin and Stephanie Lewis.

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Elitza Datcheva, of Lotus Flow Yoga, and a band of Central Park musicians.

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Kim Stetz, in head-to-toe paint, was reminiscent of a beautiful creature from the planet Pandora in Avatar.

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Power Yoga teacher and bodywork specialist Matthew Higdon demonstrated ideal anatomical alignment, standing tall like the buildings in the background behind him.

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Laura Kasperzak, founder of Two Fit Moms, showed strength and grace in this challenging backbend.

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Yoga teacher and energy healer Jennifer Stas fell down the rabbit hole at the Alice in Wonderland statue.

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Breakfast Criminals blogger and mindbodygreen contributor Ksenia Avdulova achieved perfect juxtaposition, wearing her combat boots for this peaceful pose.

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Emma Magenta, of South Mountain Yoga in New Jersey, bridged a gap between a musician and two lovers on top of a bridge inside the park.

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When Laura Eakin and I stumbled upon this wedding shoot, I couldn't resist the urge to widen the lens and incorporate the bride and groom into the composition.

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Laura Kasperzak was a work of art as she blended into this setting like a golden sculpture.

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Yoga teacher and psychotherapist Kristin Miscall used her connection to the earth as a form of embodied prayer.

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Ning Fecher, of Little River Yoga in Arlington, Va., made this fierce arm balance look playful and easy.

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Gail Grossman, of Om Sweet Om Yoga in Port Washington, NY, connected to her "Mother Earthness" as she blossomed like this beautiful tree — a sign of summer on the close horizon.

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In this meditative headstand variation, Paula Butler was the embodiment of the Buddha underneath the Bodhi tree.

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Yogini Jackie Manfre caught hold of her foot and also a ray of light.

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Selly Selina twisted herself into this shape, like the trees that surrounded her.

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Ashika Gogna and Alexandra Sinclair were beautifully composed underneath this winding tree.

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Jackie Manfre stood as the gatekeeper of this tunnel as tourists streamed in and out.

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Heazry Salim caught some sun himself, and made sure to smile.

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Ning Fecher appeared as powerful and sturdy as the large rock beside her.

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Anne Roberts showed wisdom, beauty and flexibility in this deep, seated meditation.

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Jeffrey Posner paused on this crowded path to ponder the meaning of this pose.

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An upright bass player stopped performing for a moment to pose for a photo.

Gallery courtesy of Robert Sturman Studio


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