NUTLEY, NJ - DeMuro Park was full of people Tuesday evening, July 25, walking and running the track and about 35 people gathered under the trees on yoga mats.  Nutley residents of all ages were stretching on yoga mats while incense was burning during the Yoga in the Park summer class.

The entry fee was either $5 or a non-perishable food item to be collected for the Nutley Family Service Bureau food pantry.

Yoga instructor Melody Lima leads the outdoor summer classes with the approval of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci. Lima said the class wasn’t planned but “it all just happened by accident.” According to Lima, Kim Redstone asked her to fill in for a class at the Parks and Recs in the spring. The class responded so well and wanted more so Lima said she asked Tucci if she could hold one in the park during the summer.

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Lima wanted to do something to give back to the community.  She explained how it’s related to yoga. “A whole part of yoga is giving back, part of yoga is service, it’s not just exercise it part service,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s about them. I see new people, new faces and it makes it great. The class is fun and very easy for people and very organic,” she added.

Residents Karla Capozzi and Michelle Laberti enjoyed the class. “We both took yoga before but this was the first time outdoors,” said Laberti. “It’s a beautiful night,” added Capozzi.

Tara Dalessio was relaxed. “I feel all stretched out, I feel great,” she said. Rebecca Mainiero also enjoyed yoga for the first time outdoors. “It’s refreshing to be outside and the incense was great. Nutley rules and is the best community ever,” she said.

The next class is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Lima will also be holding classes at the park on Fridays, Aug. 8, 22 and 29. The class meets on Wilson Street near the curb. Participants should bring a yoga mat, water, bug spray, citronella candles or incense.