On this half day adventure at the cusp of spring, we will tap into our active Yang energy and then balance with a receptive, restorative Yin practice.
No experience necessary for this adventure.
Start the morning on some very beautifully maintained trails through the woods at Crystal Spring Farm, owned and managed by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. We will hike/spike/snowshoe for about 90 minutes. Those who really want to energize the yang side of the day can do an invigorating trail run. This trail network contains a labyrinth in the woods - very lovely and a way to transition to the contemplative aspect of our adventure. Dogs are welcome (but not in the labyrinth, and if they will be comfortable in your car for lunch and yoga).
Lunch overlooking the Androscoggin River in Brunswick at Frontier café, which has a coffee bar & menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and mezze boxes – or BYO.
We will balance our outdoor adventure with a 90 min Yin yoga class offered by Birgitta Peterson at Sundara Yoga in Brunswick.
Yin is a still, patient practice that will surprise you with its profound effects. In this class you will be guided into seated and reclined postures to be held for 3-5 minutes. These longer holds stimulate the deep connective tissues surrounding our joints and ligaments, thereby increasing mobility, stability and overall vitality. Yin postures also generate a loosening of deep energetic stagnations, allowing us to experience a greater sense of balance, flow and calm. This class is a perfect compliment to more active styles of yoga or exercise, and is open to all levels.
Birgitta (Gitta) Peterson - Gitta is three quarters of the way through her 200 hour teacher training with the Josh Summers School of Yin Yoga in Boston. Although she’s been practicing yoga for over two decades, it was trouble with her SI joint and low back pain that led her to a daily yoga ritual and a discovery of the lasting benefits of a regular, sustained practice. The lengthening, strengthening, and meditative qualities of yoga proved to be a much needed balance to her more athletic activities, and had an “ahaaa!” effect on her concept of fitness and wellness. She became aware that regular time on the mat helped her connect more powerfully with her body and spirit, and simply made her feel good. She is now eager to share the multi-layered rewards of yoga with others.