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Nature Yoga And Trail Run Sunday

on November 18, 2017 - 9:36am

Nature Yoga and Trail Run Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A Nature Yoga and Trail Run is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This weekly workshop helps participants learn to connect with nature through yoga and trail running. Come for the run, come for yoga, or attend both.

During yoga, enjoy breathtaking views of the Los Alamos canyons, skies, and wildlife. Watch the clouds float by as you flow your body, breath, and spirit through guided yoga sequences geared toward your specific needs and goals as a student. Learn tools to help your body and mind feel grounded, strong and healthy. This class by Christa Tyson is a true Los Alamos gem.

The pre-yoga trail run is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The run will start and end at the nature center and is 3-4 miles at a 12-14 min/mi pace. Exploring the trails is a great way to warm up the body before yoga. For the run, wear sturdy trail running shoes and bring a water bottle.

Yoga is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and is an all-levels class. Modifications will be made for beginner-advanced, with various options for expanding your practice. This class will meet outside on the nature center patio when the weather permits. On cooler days we will practice indoors. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Yoga and running are the Yin and Yang of fitness. They are not opposing forces, but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole. Put simply, yoga can fill in where running falls short. This is particularly true in terms of strength, flexibility and mental acuity.

Nature Yoga and Trail Run Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Perhaps the greatest reason for a runner to include regular yoga practice in his or her training is for injury prevention. Since even the most basic poses employ the major muscle groups as well as the smaller, underworked complementary muscles, yoga can help a runner identify weak spots that need attention prior to the development of an injury.

In the second sutra of The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, he tells us “Yoga helps to still the chaos, the changing fluctuations of the mind.” Stilling the mind is a very challenging endeavor. The average person has almost 60,000 thoughts per day, and the mind is constantly moving from one thought to the next with a seemingly endless string of randomness. Experts believe that of those 60,000 thoughts, up to 80 percent can be negative. Both running and yoga can slow down your thoughts, add nature to the mix and each thought becomes more clear and meaningful.

Christa Tyson is a registered yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Trained in Hatha Yoga through 'Yoga Yoga' in Austin, Texas. Her teaching style is a marriage between Viniyoga (therapeutic healing yoga), Ashtanga flow yoga and aspects of Anusara yoga. She has vast knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of yoga but is also a very intuitive teacher. For more information about her yoga style and services visit www.SphereMama.com

Trail Run—10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:

• $7 for non-members,
• $5 for members, and
• Free for active PEEC volunteers that have worked 5 hours within the last 30 days.

Yoga—11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:

• $7 for non-members,
• $5 for members, and
• Free for active PEEC volunteers that have worked 5 hours within the last 30 days.

Combined Trail Run and Yoga—10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:

• $12 for non-members,
• $8 for members, and
• Free for active PEEC volunteers that have worked 5 hours within the last 30 days.

No registration required. Find out how to be a PEEC volunteer.

Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.


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