Breathe In, Breathe Outdoors


Outdoors is the new indoors, at least these twisted days of Covid-19. That helps to explain why Pilates, meditation and dance classes are being conducted in a square-block green space outlined by four busy streets in Sacramento.

From now through October, Midtown Parks oversees the new “Fresh Air: Fremont Park” series that is free to all participants who have registered online in advance. The series, which may grow to include yoga, bootcamps and other forms of body-and-soul nurturing, launched Aug. 3 with this lineup:

Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m.: Pilates with Humani Pilates.

Wednesdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Meditation with Devon.

Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon: Physique Dance Fitness.

All classes are held in Fremont Park, which is bordered by P and Q streets on the north and south, and 15th and 16th streets on the west and east.

“With social distancing in mind and safety measures in place, the new fitness series is aimed at encouraging an active lifestyle and social interaction, both of which are critical to the health of a thriving community,” explains Midtown Parks on its webpage. Midtown Parks  is an off-shoot of the Midtown Association.

Classes, each limited to 30 participants, are open to all ages and fitness levels. To register, go to this Eventbrite page, which also is accessible from the Midtown Parks webpage.

Participants must arrive 15 minutes early to check in with the instructor; while waiting in line, they must wear a mask and stand at least six feet apart. Masks must continue to be worn until participants reach “their designated practice area.”

“Now more than ever, it is important to invest in the well-being of our midtown community,” Emily Baime Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Association, said in a press release. “Our hope is that through ‘Fresh Air: Fremont Park’ we can provide a much-needed morale boost and a sense of normalcy during these extraordinary times.”