Studies show that spending time in nature can increase joy, decrease stress and increase overall health. Studies have also shown that practicing yoga can have similar benefits. Now, three local nonprofits, who serve our community through nature stewardship, conservation and education, are providing these two beneficial practices at a variety of areas across eastern Clallam County.
From 10 am to noon on the second Saturday of June, July and August, join North Olympic Land Trust, Olympic Nature Experience and Dungeness River Audubon Center for an all outdoor nature walk and yoga series.
Classes will begin with a 45-minute guided, value-added nature walk focused on the area’s natural history, native plants and animals. Each walk will lead to a designated location where Julia Buggy, certified yoga instructor and holistic lifestyle instructor, will lead the group through an all abilities yoga class. Depending on location, participants can return with the group or continue to hike on their own to enjoy the gifts of nature and yoga.
“Our area is wealthy in natural beauty, but many of us are so busy that we forget to stop and take it all in,” said Tom Sanford, North Olympic Land Trust executive director. “This series is a great way to partner and enjoy some fresh air as a community.”
Collaboration between the Land Trust and Olympic Nature Experience was an easy fit given both organizations’ emphasis toward fostering positive and authentic connections to land.
“We are both working to create more enjoyment, appreciation and love of the natural beauty that surrounds us,” said Sarah Salazar-Tipton, Olympic Nature Experience executive director. “If we can enjoy it, then we will want to protect it, and I think that is within everyone’s best interests.”
The close relationship between nature and yoga gave way to the concept of combining the two to provide both an educational experience, as well as promote health and wellness.
“Many of the yoga poses are modeled around nature,” said Buggy. “Mountain, Tree, and Crane pose all reflect our deep need as people to connect with nature and rejuvenate our bodies there.”
- Click here to download a flyer.
- Cost: $10 suggested donation per class. All proceeds benefit partnering nonprofits
- RSVP: Space is limited to 15 persons per class. Please RSVP below or directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-417-1815 x. 3
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