Between the summer bushfires and COVID-19, this year has seen self-care and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing in the spotlight.
That's part of the reason Local Yoga came about.
Not to be confused with a physical studio, Local Yoga was conceived as a practical way to support Canberrans during the tumultuous year that has been 2020.
It's a collection of local people, local spaces and local businesses committed to improving the community's mental and physical wellbeing through accessible yoga classes - both physical and online.
The program includes four free yoga events taking over Haig Park, made possible with funds from the ACT Government's City Renewal Authority's City Grants program.
One of the more prominent events to come out of the collective, Lazy Summer Sunday Beats Beers and Yoga will be held over four Sunday afternoons. It will see some of Canberra's electronic artists curate a soundtrack of loops, live music and ambient beats to accompany local yogis through a class under the pines.
Some Lonsdale Street institutions will also be popping up to rehydrate and refuel attendees on the day.
"It's really about getting the community together," Local Yoga's Matt Ellis says.
"People don't even have to do yoga if they don't want to. They can bring down friends and family, set up a blanket and listen to some music."
The first event will be on Sunday starting from 4.30pm with live music from Canberra DJ and violinist Mr Michael providing the soundtrack to a yoga class for all ages and levels by instructor Mel Collings.
The event will close with tunes by Bonesy and a drink from BentSpoke Brewing.
The events also offer participants a chance to give back to the community, with participants able to donate to the Canberra Domestic Violence Crisis Service, to go into the running to receive a selection of products from Canberra businesses.
"It's not just about donations. It's also about creating awareness and increasing people's mental and physical wellbeing through accessible yoga," Ellis says.
"This year in particular people may not be able to afford a yoga class but these weekends they can come down and join in for free.
"We have also teamed up with Gorman House and we're doing weekly yoga with them throughout the summer in the courtyard."
To register for Sunday's Lazy Summer Sunday Beats Beers and Yoga session go to localyogaproject.com.
The website also hosts various online classes.
For those who also want to attend the weekly yoga in Gorman House's East Courtyard, details can be found at agac.com.au.
It is held weekly on Sundays at 9am until March 28. Entry is by donation.