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Yoga and Nature provide an opportunity to connect to your breath, your body, the present moment, and mindful living. Yoga hikes are a fun way to explore Connecticut’s blue-blazed trails, land trusts, nature preserves and state parks in a new way. These guided adventures are suitable to all levels of yogis and outdoor enthusiasts. No yoga, meditation or hiking experience is needed, but you should be in shape to walk at a moderate pace. Participants are guided along a trail that is being spotlighted during it’s “peak” time to visit each season. Hikes occur year-round to experience the beauty of New England’s changing seasons. Two hikes are featured each month, one free and the other donation based.

We trek at a comfortable pace that best compliments our group then pause at a view point for gentle yoga and meditation before returning to the trail head.  Stories of trail-specific history,  awareness of conservation efforts, seasonal flora and wildlife activity are shared along the route.

Each hiking event has a theme that is weaved into the meditations and yoga practice. In 2018, themes ranged from Peace in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  International Day of Women & Girls in Science, Migratory Birds Day,  International Forest Day, Earth Day, International Human Rights Day and others. Our 2019 Winter + Spring treks had a warmer feel with less snow fall this season and more rain, join Summer and Autumn hikes by following our Facebook Page: NutmegYogaCT

Contact to book a private group hike event for bachelorette parties, birthday, corporate team-building experience, family reunion, or your next special occasion. Spending time outdoors is a magical gift to yourself –hope to meet you on a trail!

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Community Discussion: Access + Peace in Nature

CT Women’s Speaker Series: Finding Peace in Nature

Monday July 8th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

REI, 1417 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110

Join me, Nicole Diaz, founder of #NutmegYogaCT community yoga hike meet-ups and award winning photographer Audrey A. Tucker for a unique & motivating speaker event to find your own peace in nature. We are both passionate about reconnecting people with the wilderness. Whether you’re in the first stages of exploring ways to better appreciate the outdoors or have years of meditation in the woods under your belt, this event will help provide inspiration and a greater connection to what it means to find peace in nature. Registration is required, all are welcome.

Free Community Yoga Classes for the Outdoor Enthusiast 

Practicing yoga is an excellent way to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Join me for an in-store class from 10: 30 am – 12 pm tailored to help enhance your pursuit of exploring the great outdoors. Whether you are taking a short hike or spending hours on the trail, this class will break down yoga poses that can be incorporated along your hike, paddle excursion, or at camp to improve your overall experience. This class has been designed to target commonly tight or easily injured areas of the body. This is an all level class with the intent to make you feel at ease with beginning yoga and create an at home practice, concluding with a Q & A session. 

July 13th:  Yoga for the Water Sports Enthusiast 

August 3: Yoga for the Rock Climbing Enthusiast

September – December TBA y’all

Past dates: January 19th + February 9th: Snow sports, March 9th – Outdoors Enthusiast, April 13th – Hiking Enthusiast, May 11th + June 2nd – Cycling Enthusiast

Limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot at West Hartford REI class page

                         

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Winter 2019

Nutmeggers and neighboring state residents explored trails in Fairfield, Hartford and Litchfield counties with grounding + strong warrior yoga poses for an invigorating winter adventure.

Locations: ❆ Cranberry Park – Norwalk, CT ❆ Steep Rock Preserve – Washington, CT ❆ Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve  – Southington, CT

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Coastal Connecticut 🐋 Summer 2018

Inhale the salty sea air and serene coastal views of these Connecticut state parks while learning about their diverse ecosystems and conservation. Yogis explored these three in 2018 and had amazing bird watching experiences along the rivers, estuaries, and Long Island Sound at Sherwood Island, Bluff Point, and Harkness Memorial.

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Connecticut Trails Day at Bear Mountain – June 2018

It’s not the Mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Partnering with CT Forest and Park Association for National Trails Day, this was the state’s only guided yoga hike leading adventurous outdoor explorers on a challenging 6 mile trek. With an elevation of 2,316 feet, Bear Mountain is Connecticut’s highest peak with a little of bit of everything, from picturesque brooks to challenging moments uphill to an easy going ascent along the Appalachian Trail. We meditated and practiced yoga with stunning views of CT, NY, and MA. Hope you’ll join us next year for another free guided yoga hike or find your trail by joining one of 250 organized free guided hikes across the state the first week of June. Here’s a sampling of 2018 events: https://www.ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend at Bluff Point State Park

Yogis from across Connecticut gathered for a free yoga hike in Groton, CT. Strolling along the last remaining significant piece of undeveloped land along the Connecticut coastline, we paused to see snowy egrets in the tidal salt marshes and smell the wildflowers blooming along the forested trail. Our gentle 1.5 mile hike along the Poquonnock River ended at Bushy Point barrier beach where we practiced yoga along the shore with a salty sea breeze and expansive shoreline views.

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Earth Day Weekend at People’s State Forest 

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

Despite being the start of muddy hiking season, this group of yogis gathered for a 3.3 mile yoga hike at People’s State Forest in Barkhamsted, CT. We started a chilly Spring morning firing up our core with an 800 ft ascent up steps cut into rocky ledges and a few boulders scrambles before leveling out to an easier hike. Two spectacular vistas were worth the initial heart-pumping cardio workout under hemlocks and pines. Soaking up sun on the rocky ledges we experienced a gentle yoga flow to the sounds of birdsong and red-tail hawks soaring overhead.

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Devil’s Hopyard

Devil’s Hopyard State Park was once inhabited by three Indian tribes who called it “Machimoodus,” the place of noises, because of numerous earthquakes in the area between 1638 and 1899. This paired with interesting geological features, sparked legends of Satan burning hoof-marks into the Earth. Our 2.5 mile hiking route went through a Hemlock forest and along scenic portions of the Eight Mile River. Home to the spectacular 60-foot Chapman Waterfalls, this state park is a favorite among photographers, birders and fishermen.

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Yoga + Hiking + Craft Beer Trail = Sunday Funday

On MLK weekend this group of Winter Weather Warriors layered up and hit the trail for a 3.5 mile hike on Ragged Mountain in Berlin, CT. Everyone paused at a sunny viewpoint overlooking Hart Pond for yoga and a mountain meditation on peace in honor of MLK’s birthday weekend. Nicole shared facts she researched about Dr. Martin Luther King’s work on Connecticut tobacco farms and his impact in the civil rights movement. A hiker shared her story of working on a Connecticut tobacco farm in the 1960s, where the group learned that she earned $1.14/hour in comparison to Dr. King’s $4/day in 1947. At the summit (761 ft) everyone paused to take in the sweeping views of central Connecticut and enjoy a gourmet trail snack of olive-oil dark chocolate brownies with sea-salt caramel truffles baked into each. The sun was bright and with little-to-no wind above the tree line it made for a pleasant hike. Returning to the trailhead, the group was ready to hit the CT beer trail for a post-hike brew at Alvarium Beer Company in New Britain, CT. In Latin, “Alvarium” means “beehive,” a homage to the City of New Britain’s motto: “Industry fills the hive and enjoys the honey.” Alvarium was hoppin’ (pun intended) upon arrival. This group of adventurers-at-heart chilled out, played taproom games, and enjoyed more foodie snacks prepared by Nicole of pretzel bites, Alvarium Citrus IPA beer cheese, and Bugnacki sausages with ground-mustard and smoked BBQ dipping sauces.

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Shade Swamp Sanctuary ❅ #NewYearsDay #January1st Hike

We began 2018 with a winter walk along the 1.5 mile blue-blazed trail that is on the list of historic hikes in Farmington, CT. With hot-cocoa in hand we stayed warm and kept a brisk pace in the sunny 3 degree temperatures. I hadn’t done this trail since July and it’s much more pleasant in the winter, since you’re not batting off bugs or over-grown vegetation. Nature is quickly re-claiming the old zoo cages. I highly recommend you check this trail out. If you want more on it’s history as an abandoned zoo from the 1930s be sure to visit Damned Connecticut and CTMQ-Destroying the Myth that there is nothing to do here did stellar write ups here and here.

Steep Rock Preserve – November 2017 #OptOutside Hike

Ranked one of the nine most beautiful winter trails in Connecticut, the 4 mile Steep Rock Loop was a gentle hike through forest, field, farmland and along the Shepaug River. We had a blast starting our hike with grounding yoga poses and a gratitude meditation before reaching Steep Rock Summit (elevation 776 feet). Incredible views and sunny skies led the way on this crisp fall day for this group of hiking adventurers who braved the trails the day after Thanksgiving.

Macricostas Preserve – August 2017

Inaugural Yoga Hike for Nutmeg Yoga CT at Macricostas Preserve in New Preston, CT. A group of trail-blazing yogis got their heart pumping on the Meeker Trail for a free 3.74 mile yoga hike with donations that went to Steep Rock Association. Traversing a hayfield and surrounding meadows that are home to a myriad variety of songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. After climbing a series of switchbacks we emerged at a rocky outcrop, revealing an expansive view southeast over a nearly unblemished countryside then continued on to Waramaug’s Rock. At an elevation of 1,250 feet we took in a glorious sunset over Lake Waramaug with some yoga and meditation among the famous rolling hills of Connecticut before venturing back down to the trailhead. 

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