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Yoga and Yogurt

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Yogis of all abilities practice together. Photo provided by lululemon athletica, Flickr Creative Commons

Got a bad case of the Mondays? Shed that stress, unwind that mind by practicing yoga for free along the Charles River Esplanade.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts hour-long yoga lessons at the Hatch Shell on Mondays at 6 p.m. Classes attract as many as 100 yogis, some who can wrap themselves into pretzel shapes, others who can’t find their toes. All are welcome, because the focus of the program, modeled after free yoga in New York City’s Bryant Park, is to make Boston a healthier city.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring along a yoga mat, water, and identification. All ages are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

After class, a half-mile jaunt to the Charles River Plaza will seem like a piece of cake — or better put, an opportunity to cool down at boYO (short for Boston Yogurt) with fat-free, gluten-free, and guilt-free frozen yogurt. Healthy toppings include fresh fruit, but more guilt-ridden options like cookie crumbles and caramel chips are available, too.

Yoga classes are offered at the Hatch Shell on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m., weather permitting. The Hatch Shell is accessible by T: Red Line, Charles/MGH stop; walk across the footbridge at Charles Circle and head left (upstream) along the river to the Hatch Shell. Green Line, Arlington Station: walk north (toward the river) on Arlington Street and David Mugar Way and cross on the Fiedler Footbridge to the Hatch Shell. For more information, call 617-727-1058.

BoYO is at 175 Cambridge St., Boston. For more information, call 617-227-2696.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.

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