Free public Yoga classes will be held at the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater
CATHEDRAL CITY — In what Gary Marshall, chair of the Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission, calls a “groundbreaking event,” a resident, Antonio Baciu, has come up with an idea to promote a city park: yoga classes.
Six months in the making, Baciu’s brainchild was to offer free public yoga classes at the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater in Downtown Cathedral City.
“We are really very excited about it,” Marshall told Uken Report. “There have already been people asking for weekend classes.”
The Parks and Community Events Commission liked it so much that it kicked it up to the City Council. The City Council voted unanimously last week to approve 13 weeks of yoga classes. They will happen every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. starting on February 1, 2022 and conclude on April 26th. Sponsored by the Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission, the classes are free to the public. Professional yoga instructor Patti Wexler will teach the classes.
Wexler has been teaching yoga and fitness classes in gyms, yoga studios, and with private clients since 1999. and in the Palm Springs area since 2003.
“It’s a great way to showcase the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater,” Marshall said. “The amphitheater hasn’t had the exposure it deserves.”
Baciu brought this idea of the classes to the Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission after attending similar classes at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. The Sunnylands’ classes attract several hundred attendees each week. The Parks and Community Events Commission continues to look for these types of opportunities to bring smaller events to local parks and to engage the community.
“I do yoga classes three times a week and during the season, my Friday class is at Sunnylands (Free Yoga). That class is the highlight of my week,” Baciu told Uken Report. “Now that Cathedral City has this amazing new amphitheater. I thought it would be great to do something similar to Sunnylands. Doing a yoga class outside is special and I hope that our first season is successful and we can add more classes the next season.”
In a Facebook post, Danny Lee, former chair of the Parks and Community Events Commission, wrote, “I am hoping this will be the first among many such ventures initiated by residents. If people come up with good ideas like this, the city seems committed to helping them through the process to realize the project. I am especially excited that this will be happening in our newest community park.”
The yoga program will be paid for and run by Parks And Community Events (PACE).
- Antonio Baciu: Facebook
- Patti Wexler: Antonio Baciu