ProvoFest Summer Block Party

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The good people at Zeek’s Pieshake Parlour and Ricky Miami are throwing a free block party on Center St (Between University Ave and 100 WEST ) right in the middle of Provo on Friday, July 31 from 8:00 PM – Midnight. There will be a massive dance party with Ricky Miami and special performances by:

Make sure you also bring your appetites because Zeeks will be having great deals on their Delicious Burgers, Pie shakes and Drinks! Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Take a Hike 2 of 5:
Yoga in the Mountains

YogaIf you’ve done any strenuous hiking, biking, or just general exploring this summer, then you probably know that tight “I can barely walk” feeling that comes the next day. Or maybe you would love to experience that, but you’ve been too stressed out with the day job to venture out much this summer. Either way, this week’s Provo’s Great Outdoors is just for you. Today we’re going to look at a little gem of a class that I discovered this summer – Yoga in the Mountains.

Yoga in the Mountains is a new class taught by local Provo yoga instructor Elizabeth Tidwell. This class gets you out of the sweaty gym and into the most beautiful mountain locations Provo has to offer. Think of it like the food truck of yoga classes – every week there’s a new beautiful location, and you follow on facebook to get the latest updates.

I had a chance to go to the inaugural class this summer. With near zero yoga experience and even less flexibility, I was a little concerned going into this, but it turned out to be a fantastic experience. The class met up at Canyon Glen park, packed up our yoga mats and water bottles, and hiked ten minutes up the hillside to the most beautiful meadow high above the noisy highway below. The evening sun was low in the horizon, casting a warm golden glow across our little party as a family of deer looked on from across the meadow, and birds chirped overhead. All of this was accentuated by a light breeze and a stunning mountain backdrop.

Pretty much straight out of a movie. Or a stock photo. Not a bad setting for some stretching and meditation.

The yoga itself was challenging, but when it was all over, I was surprised to find myself extremely relaxed and disconnected from the world down at the bottom of the hill. I caught up with Elizabeth after class to ask her more about the class, and why she chose such a unique setting.

“I love how much the mountains sound and feel like meditation. It speaks to something deeper than a lot of what we surround ourselves with. Out here you feel small. And sometimes it’s really important to feel small. You’re part of a much bigger universe, and I think taking time to remember that is super nourishing.”

I’m sold. Classes are Thursday evenings, with a new location and time each week. To follow along and join the next class, simply connect on Facebook –

www.facebook.com/YogaintheMountains

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Ellis Atwood is a local blogger, world traveller, and proud Provo resident. This summer he is highlighting the best Provo outdoor activities in this Provo’s Great Outdoors series. For more photo essays from around the world and from right here at home, visit www.ellisatwood.org.

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Take a Hike 1 of 5: Squaw Peak

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