POSTED ON JUNE 19, 2013:
Baseball Bats and Body Paint
Drillers break out the glow sticks, and eat healthy, too.
When you think of baseball, you don't often associate it with yoga or raves or glow sticks. But your chance to do the downward dog while wearing a Dr. Seuss hat is here as the Tulsa Drillers host a Yoga Glow-Rave following the game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals this Saturday.
"What it's going to be is they're going to have seats at the Budweiser terrace, and they're going to turn that into a little yoga place," said Justin Gorski, the Drillers' game entertainment manager. (Job description: "I get to make sure people have a good time.")
"SRO productions came to us with this idea. One of their singers from Lemon Love -- Ayngel McNall -- she's a singer around town and a local yoga instructor. People kinda follow her around town and see this glow stuff," he said.
McNall, a yoga instructor at SALT Yoga Utica Square, has taken her love for yoga and made it into an event that is sure to be one for the books.
"I went to audition for some musical stuff at the stadium, and I couldn't stop standing on my head and doing yoga stuff because the grass is so lush, and then I started talking to them about whether they've ever thought about having a yoga event and they were all over it," she said. "And I hope that maybe some baseball people who wouldn't normally do something like this will stick around."
She got the idea from fellow yoga teachers in arguably hipper places, she said.
"I have friends in New York that have talked about yoga raves," McNall said. "They do them in a club typically, and then it erupts into a party. This is definitely unique. I've never heard of it being done on a baseball field. We're just trying to have fun and do something a little different."
She'll lead yoga-izers (yoga-ifiers? yoganauts?) in a post-game, one-hour session complete with a DJ, black lights, and something called glow bubbles.
Inviting yogaists to come and shake their asanas, the Drillers organization will also have pre-rave activities, making for a full evening of baseball, yoga, and all things glowing.
Buy your ticket to the event, and you get admission to the game, as well. Once inside, the yoga-ravers will have the opportunity to get painted up for the yoga session as well as interact with other yoga/baseball/rave enthusiasts and browse the booths and tables in this area.
"It's really fun. There's music and glow paint and stuff," McNall said. "I teach a really laid back, high-energy class and then we just dance afterward. It's casual, I would say. It's all levels, and anyone could feel comfortable. It's a welcoming environment."
For the post-game shindig, all lights in the stadium will be off to highlight the Tulsa skyline, and black lights will take over to allow painted bodies to glow in the night.
As this is the first yoga-rave in the Tulsa area, this is definitely something unique for the 918.
"That's kind of the thing," Gorski said of the event. "I guess once they do these glow yogas, they get huge, huge turnouts. We're hoping for a turnout of about 300. We're also going on local TV stations and getting the word out about it. I think it's kind of not for the hardcore yoga people, but it's for people who are like, 'Let's go try something new. And if there's a baseball game involved, too, that's great.'"
After a calming yoga session, it's time to return to rage-mode and shake your painted and glowing behind while the DJ spins only the most rave-worthy selection of music.
This event is for yogis and ravers of all levels, not just the pros.
"A lot of people are afraid of doing yoga, and the main phrase I hear is 'I'm not flexible, I can't do yoga,' but anyone can do it," McNall said. "It's fun and accessible, and it's not scary at all. We have such a great yoga community in Tulsa -- so many great studios and people. And people who do yoga and teach yoga always want to invite their friends because it's welcoming and it's fun."
Tickets for the Yoga-Glow Rave are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This ain't your mother's yoga. That is, if your mom does yoga. Then again, if she's there, maybe it is your mom's yoga. At any rate, Dr. Seuss hats are not required.
I'll Have the Veggie Dog
Hotdogs and nachos aren't the only option for baseball lovers these days, and the idea that Cracker Jacks are the only vegetarian-friendly food at ONEOK stadium is a thing of the past.
For 2013, ONEOK Stadium finds itself on the top of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks -- working up from fifth place last year.
ONEOK offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian foods -- more than enough to make any restaurant take a seat in the dugout.
"Going vegetarian is like pulling off a triple play: You protect your health, help keep the environment clean, and save animals' lives," said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
With healthy and animal-friendly offerings such as veggie dogs, Portobello-mushroom burgers, and tofu burritos, ONEOK has done an excellent job of catering to the vegetarian baseball community.
Even for those who aren't vegetarian, it's never a bad idea to grab a veggie burger over a foot-long corndog. With so many delicious options, the transition from meat to meatless is practically unnoticeable.
"The more fans learn about the health benefits of eating vegan foods, the more they ask for delicious meat-free options," Lange said.
Already a fantastic stadium, already beautiful, already sitting in a primo location, already proud home of the Drillers, ONEOK has one more thing to add to the list of awesome.
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