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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Experience Yoga and Hiking in the Great Outdoors

Jul 11, 2017 03:54AM

Linda Sawyer, an experienced yogini, yoga instructor and hiker, is now leading Yoga for Hikers classes outdoors around Fairfield County. All classes are held on weekends from spring through fall. Private and small group classes are also available.

In the two-hour yoga and hiking classes, you will walk, occasionally stopping to align body and breathe in asanas, centering your mind, meditating, relaxing, doing pranayama and sharing. A one-hour class in nature, Simply Yoga, is for those who prefer yoga without walking. The class is held in natural settings, such as parks or beaches. Themes include classical hatha, ashtanga vinyasa and yoga for stress. The current event participation fee is $13 a person with discounted packages available.

Arrive 10 minutes before the posted starting time. Almost all the hikes are easy to moderate level, about three miles, and the walks are done at a moderate pace. The yoga portion is for all levels with options offered in a small-group environment. All ages and experience levels with yoga and hiking are welcome, although you need to be comfortable walking and being active for the duration of the event. Wear hiking boots, running shoes or cross trainers, depending on the terrain of each spot, in addition to loose clothing appropriate for stretching. Yoga mats and drinking water are provided. Other items you may want include snacks, insect repellant, sun block, a small towel for wiping sweat, sunglasses and a hat. First-time participants will be requested to sign a waiver at the start of the event.

Sawyer has practiced hatha yoga for over 20 years, receiving an instructor’s certificate while living in Japan. She has Yoga Alliance RYT 500, is registered with Yoga Alliance, and has advanced certification in Mysore, India, in hatha and ashtanga vinyasa yoga.

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