MERIDEN – Bhogah Yoga studio owner and teacher, Brianne Barrett, will host hiking and outdoor yoga events throughout the summer in partnership with the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department.
Barrett has been teaching yoga for 16 years and is an E-RYT500 certified instructor, meaning she is at the highest teaching level. She specializes in child, prenatal and therapeutic yoga.
Barrett and city Recreation Coordinator Katharine Matula partnered to offer the community events featuring optional leisurely hikes followed by a yoga class. These events will be in Meriden, but anyone is welcome to register.
1. Health benefits
Yoga has many proven health benefits. Practicing yoga regularly has been shown to increase flexibility, strength, and reduce stress.
“Once you link movement with breath it becomes meditation. Yoga is moving meditation…It changes the gray matter in your brain,” said Barrett.
Practicing yoga outdoors offers an abundance of physiological and psychological advantages, she said. The events involve a leisurely hike followed by yoga on the grass at the base of the mountains.
2. No prior experience necessary
The outdoor yoga events are open to people of all skill levels. People who have never done yoga before can join and benefit from the outdoor yoga flow.
Barrett tailors the yoga poses to fit the needs of both novice and advanced students. Even seasoned athletes can benefit from yoga by increasing muscle elasticity.
Barrett’s 8,000 hours of teaching experience and therapeutic background make her classes a great fit for beginners or people with physical limitations.
“Anyone who comes [to these events] is in good hands and can have an accessible experience,” said Barrett.
3. Building community
Barrett said practicing yoga communally is optimal. Her studio, Bhogah Yoga in Wallingford, offers Gentle yoga, Foundations and All level yoga classes, just to name a few.
The events at Guiffrida Park and Castle Craig in Meriden will serve as a place where people from throughout the state can enjoy yoga practice in nature and the company of others.
“People want classes outside in the warmer months,” said Barrett.
Barrett describes these events as, “An opportunity for people from Connecticut to see how beautiful Meriden is…We want to offer a unique experience and bring people together.”
4. Practice outdoor yoga locally
The upcoming sunset hike and yoga at Guiffrida Park takes place June 12 at 6 p.m.
“We get people from outside of Meriden that are excited to come to these events,” said Barrett.
There will be more hike and yoga events offered throughout the summer.
Watch the parks department Facebook page for details about upcoming hike and yoga events.
For more information about Brianna Barrett’s yoga class offerings at Bhogah Yoga in Wallingford, CT visit: https://www.bhogahyoga.com/.
Kristen Dearborn is a Wallingford native, NASM certified personal trainer and author of the blog dearfitkris – https://dearfitkris.com/
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