Yoga is Friday, 4:30 at Town Square

In the darkest nights, the days will inevitably grow long again. It won’t be long.  Tending to our breath, thought, feeling and nature itself.

Yoga is Friday, ‘Restorative Yoga’, 4:30-5:45, Town Square. Hope you can join me.  And yes,  yoga does get easier with age.  

Source: Yoga gets easier with age – Waterville Valley Yoga

Why Yoga In The Mountain Forest?

Why the mountains? There’s something so grounding about yoga in the mountains. It becomes very intuitive to draw inspiration from the solidity of the mountains when we stand tall in Tadasana, and the wildflowers bending in the breeze teach us the slow, flowing pace of surya namaskars (sun salutations).”  Plus, take a cue from professional athletes. Because the body requires more efficient use of oxygen at altitude you will optimize your workout time, so you can spend the rest of your retreat meditating, enjoying wildlife, and reflecting guilt-free.  Step out of your present obligations and gift yourself this tranquil time at White Mountains to release the unnecessary tensions and unhealthy patterns that limit your creative potential. Yoga retreats help you figure out what matters most. Get clear. Get inspired. 

When I signed up for a Hiking Yoga retreat, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This yoga fusion option started in San Francisco three years ago and made its debut in New York City, promising the chance to connect with nature, with stops for yoga along the way.  At first glance, the concept of “hiking yoga” seems like an odd entry in the growing list of hybrid yoga classes, which mix downward dog and tree pose with everything from kickboxing to Pilates and ballet.   I believe hiking yoga on the mountain trail isn’t just a trend.  Hikes require sturdy shoes, not bare feet. On a hike, you swat away bugs, not just the buzzing thoughts yoga teachers suggest you clear from your mind.  Walking meditation brings a number of benefits in addition to the cultivation of mindfulness. It can be a helpful way of building concentration, perhaps in support of sitting practice. The sensations of walking can be more compelling than the more subtle sensations of breathing while sitting. At times of strong emotions or stress, walking meditation may be more relaxing than sitting. An added benefit is that, when done for extended times, walking meditation can build strength and stamina.

The instructor led us through mostly standing and balancing poses.  We were in a secluded spot with birds chirping and a light breeze.  But trying to pull off some yoga poses in sneakers threw me off balance; my triangle pose felt more like a wobbly trapezoid.  The ground was uneven, and birds interrupted the silence as we closed our eyes and did more stretching and a little meditation. But the setting was peaceful, the tree branches rustled overhead, and I could feel myself relaxing.  I enjoyed the change of scenery and the chance to practice yoga in the open air.

To close the class, we talked about “balancing against the challenges of the natural world,” and I realized that was a refreshing change — both from the annoyances of a yoga studio (too many people too close together) and from the man-made hassles of daily life (too many digital distractions). Escaping those familiar routines was the point, and trying to keep my balance with the ground at an angle was a reminder that those little challenges never really go away.

You sign up and RSVP.  If the class gets rained out, or your plans change and you cancel at least 24 hours in advance the event will move to a fully equipped yoga studio located in Waterville Valley Town Square.  The studio is located on the 2nd floor above The Bookmonger, and is conducive for yoga with natural sunlight and accommodate up to 20 people.    

The yoga instructor is certified in Wilderness First Aid.   

Blissful Inner-Reflection Yoga Hike Retreat, Waterville Valley, NH

This day of adventure and serenity will follow you home with the gifts of calmness and outdoor fun. You will see magnificant mountain views.   Details here >>>

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Source: Blissful Inner-Reflection Yoga With Meditation On The Mountain – Yoga for Flexibility or Not with Helen Rita

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Blissful Inner-Reflection Outdoor Yoga

TIMBER CAMP TRAIL – this MODERATE hiking trail follows an old logging road that is well-built and relatively wide for most of it’s length, ascending an eastern shoulder (2800 ft.) of Mount Osceola, with excellent views of the valley’s eastern peaks.  The final destination is the site of an old logging camp – a flat surface,  an excellent place to gather in a seated meditation with a view.  

YOU ARE A MODERATE HIKER – This is a moderate hike with some gradual elevation;  this is not a strenuous hike, but participants must be in good physical condition.  

Please note that this format can be modified accordingly.

THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL, OUTDOOR SPOTS IN WATERVILLE VALLEY AVAILABLE FOR YOGA. WE ALSO HAVE A FULLY EQUIPPED YOGA STUDIO WITH NATURAL SUNLIGHT.  THE STUDIO CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 20 PEOPLE.  Call or email Helen to discuss OUTDOOR or INDOOR YOGA preferences.  

TO SIGN UP: EMAIL HELEN RITA, helenyoga@roadrunner.com, CALL 603-960-1470  

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