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Cincinnati Reds to host Sliding into Om event Saturday

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 13:36:00-04

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds won’t be the only athletes practicing their sport at Great American Ball Park this weekend.

The fourth annual Sliding into Om yoga event takes place at a GABP this Saturday, inviting yogis of all ages and skill level to a session on the field.

The Yoga Bar, with studios in Over-The-Rhine and Newport, will be hosting the sessions. The studio is known for mobilizing large-scale yoga events, said owner Rachel Roberts, who’s been practicing for 25 years. She just wrapped up a summer series of yoga in Washington Park.

Rachel Roberts in her Newport studio for The Yoga Bar.

“So that’s why we do these big events: It’s not necessarily obvious to have yoga on a baseball field or football field,” she explained. “…But it helps us reach people who might never practice otherwise or who might never be touched by it otherwise.”

Spots are still available for Sliding into Om, and about 450 people have already registered. It costs $15 per person, which includes the yoga session and a ticket to the Sept. 4 Reds game.

There is also a $25 package, which includes and exclusive yoga mat, the yoga session and a ticket to the Sept. 4 Reds game. Children 12 and under can attend the event for free with a paid adult.

“We are so excited by practicing on the field,” Roberts said, adding that yogis of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. “Everybody feels awkward after their first class or two. Anytime you do something new you’re going to feel awkward. Give yourself permission to feel awkward in the beginning.”

Rachel Roberts has been practicing yoga for 25 years.

The Yoga Bar will have 20 people assisting in the event, and yoga instructors and leaders Sarah Crabtree and Donna Corvett will join Roberts.

For Katie Dixon, manager of special events sales and marketing at the Reds, this event is one of her favorites.

“When you just see everyone coming in those Fan Zone gates, everyone is happy,” she said. “They’re smiling. They’re excited. A lot of people are with friends, so it’s just like, a really nice, peaceful morning.

Other Reds events left this year include:

• Sept. 9: “Angry Birds” Movie Night at GABP, 7 to 11 p.m.
• Sept. 21: Network at the Ballpark, 5 to 9 p.m.
• Oct. 29: Halloween Bash at the Ballpark, 8 p.m. to midnight