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

Written by Robert Sturman

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.

Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana)

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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Peaceful Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)

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.

Dancer's Pose (Natarajasana)

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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Dancer's Pose

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

Upward Bow/Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

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

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Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

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

Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)

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

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Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana) Variation

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

Peaceful Warrior

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

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Upward Bow Pose

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.

Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

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.

Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana) With Lotus

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

Fish Pose (Matsyasana) Variation

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

Dragonfly Pose (Maksikanagasana)

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

Wide Side Lunge (Scandasana)

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.

Headstand (Sirsasana) With Lotus

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

Vasisthasana (Side Plank) Variation

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

Bird Of Paradise (Svarga Dvidasana) Variation

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

One-Legged Kinge Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) + Dancer

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

Bird Of Paradise

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

Side Plank Pose

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

Compass Pose

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

Full Lotus (Padmasana) With Bind

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

Dragonfly Pose

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

A Dancing Musician

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

Gallery courtesy of Robert Sturman Studio

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