Saving Yoga at San Antonio Missions National Monument

A tranquil aura surrounds the grounds of 300-year-old Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, one of four preserved Spanish colonial sites that make up San Antonio Missions National Monument. It’s the perfect contemplative space for all-level yoga classes.

The popular classes started as part of the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks Health People Initiative, made free to residents of San Antonio, Texas, with support from Western National Parks Association (WNPA).

After COVID-19 created the need for people to keep their distances, WNPA sponsored 24 free, one-hour yoga classes online, led by San Antonio-based Mobile OM teachers and set in the same soothing environment. That allowed anyone anywhere to take a deep, calming breath “in” a national park.

WNPA exists to connect people with their national parks, even in the toughest of times. By supporting our partner park to create and continue this community gathering, we helped make “yoga more inclusive and accessible in San Antonio,” according to park officials.