Yoga practice is different from other kinds of fitness modalities. It’s not about the competition. It’s not about opinions and beauty standards. Yoga is a process of getting to know oneself and a way of living. Anyone can learn and benefit from yoga. No one is too old or stiff or out-of-shape to start, although you do want to find a class that suits your level of experience. There are many styles of yoga.
Q: What is yoga?
Yoga is a general term that encompasses many practices or techniques that when applied have profound effects on both the physical body and the mind. You move your body through a series of stretches along with using your breath in a specific way.
Q: What are the benefits of yoga?
Many! Read more by clicking here.
- Relaxation and stress relief
- Improves energy and overall emotional and physical health
- Development of concentration and mental clarity
- Helps neck strain, back strain, insomnia, and high blood pressure
Q: What do I wear?
You are invited to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Think loose or stretchy clothing.
Q: What do I need to bring?
Water, your mat, and a sweat towel. Read Yoga Hike below for items specific to outdoor excursions.
Q: What if I’ve never taken yoga before, how do I prepare?
- All you need is your body and your breath.
- Avoid eating heavily 2-3 hours before class.
- Hydrate before, during, and after practicing.
- Arrive early and mention any injuries or conditions that you are currently experiencing. If you feel you are unsure, call 860-323-3560 to discuss your participation before signing up.
- Silence your phone.
- Avoid wearing perfume.
- Abandon the competitive mindset. Start where you are and be kind and loving to yourself. Even though some classes may have a variety of levels in them, you should work at a pace that is appropriate for you.
Q: How do I sign up?
How do I prepare for a yoga hike?
Eat a good meal, bring a backpack with water to stay hydrated, a snack, camera/cell phone to capture the moment, and whatever else you need to be comfortable on the trail (ex. gloves, walking poles, sunscreen, hat; Winter Hiking Tip: Keep water lukewarm or hot by storing it in a thermos, warming you from the inside out on cold hikes; reverse applies for Summer Hikes -> freeze 1/2 of your reusable bottle with water the night before so it makes a solid block then fill the rest in the morning with cool water).
Winter hiking meet ups do not use yoga mats, please leave yours at home as we’ll be doing standing yoga and remaining layered for the elements.
No yoga, meditation, or hiking experience is needed but you should be in shape to walk at a moderate pace. Trails have ranges of difficulty and length, please don’t hesitate to call and ask questions to decide if a particular outdoor experience is suited to your current state of health.
Take a screenshot of driving directions and fill up your car with fuel. You could lose cell / GPS reception in some areas. Parking instructions for trail head meet up locations are emailed upon receipt of refundable reservation deposit.
Practice the principles of leave no trace. Nothing can be taken from our hiking adventures. No breaking or stealing from nature y’all!
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in and layers for changing weather conditions. Sturdy waterproof footwear and with good ankle support for traversing over exposed tree roots, icy patches and slick rocks. Hiking poles or walking stick highly recommended.
Not sure how to dress for seasonal transitions? Please read this thorough link of advice from REI
What about weather?
Check weather the morning of the hike to dress accordingly. In my opinion there is no such thing as “bad” weather, just inappropriate hiking clothes. We trek on if light rain/snow is a possibility – free rainbow and water refills! Cancellation would occur if thunderstorms are predicted at 40% or higher for our trailhead zipcode, or extreme wind chill/cold. If there is unsafe weather forecasted, the Yoga Hike’s Facebook Event Page will post a cancellation the day prior by 8 pm. Participants will receive an email through Eventbrite and reservation deposit refund via PayPal for Mother Nature’s forces.
What if I get injured?
Hikes are kept small and trails vetted for groups but if there is an unexpected emergency, your trail guide and yoga teacher Nicole is certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and carries a First Aid Kit on all hikes.
Can I bring my dog?
Only service animals are welcome on yoga hikes as domesticated pets interrupt the ecology of wild spaces and the serene experience of connecting to the woods and all its creatures that reside therein.
Registration and Payment
Reservations are required for both free and donation-based yoga hikes as class sizes are kept small to create a fun and safe experience for all participants. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. You will receive an email confirmation with parking/meet up location details 48 hours prior to a yoga hike.
Tickets for all events can be reserved at Eventbrite
Cancellation and Refund Policy
- Free events require a $5 refundable reservation deposit through PayPal. To hold your reservation, a $5 refundable deposit must be sent to paypal.me/NutmegYoga Upon check-in at a yoga hike you will receive your $5 back via PayPal unless you choose to donate this sum to Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), the oldest conservation nonprofit in Connecticut, more at: https://www.ctwoodlands.org . Should you no-show or cancel your attendance less than 48 hours, your deposit will not be refunded and instead donated to CFPA.
- Donation-based events have a suggested amount based on the time dedicated to planning and leading this unique experience, simply pay what you can and soak up the beauty of the great outdoors
- Cancellations with notice more than 48 hours in advance, will be issued a full refund to give your spot away to another participant. Cancellations with less than 48 hours prior to event are non-refundable.
- Full refund granted in the event of needing to cancel for unsafe hiking conditions or instructor illness.
A liability waiver will be provided at the start of an event or class. A signed waiver is required for participation. Youth under 18 years of age must have a guardian’s signature to participate. Youth must have a guardian or adult present to participate. Email email@example.com if you need the liability waiver ahead of time.
Non-Discrimination and Safe-Space Policy
Nutmeg Yoga LLC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment that will not discriminate in regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or military status.
If you cannot abide by the below, Nutmeg Yoga LLC reserves the right to ask you to leave.
Every participant in a yoga class, yoga hike, or special event is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist, or for using any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.
If you experience harassment or abuse, please make it known to the yoga teacher of your event. You can also contact Nicole Diaz at 860-323-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.