With so much natural beauty in this part of the world, it is no surprise that we observe seekers of a serene lifestyle settling into the homes of the region. Likewise, the special qualities of the region have attracted yoga teachers who have created studios and retreats for the growing population of practitioners. With its deep benefits of relaxation and inner healing, yoga can bring us home to a calmer, more centered self.
In this season of transition, we see the effects both in nature and in the body. Even in all the splendor that we experience with the visual beauty and crisp air, one may feel a degree of unease. The shift may bring a sense of being ungrounded or overwhelmed as the days get shorter and darker days of winter become apparently near.
Yoga is a great complement to a busy life with various mental stresses. It can help to relax the overworked muscle of hikers or bikers who travels many miles down the area’s trails, paths, and roads. An hour-long yoga class can offer a vacation to over-extended parents who have been supporting our community’s children to settle into the new school year. Gentle classes can bring significant benefits to the elderly or those who are on a healing journey from illness or stress. Yoga poses and mindfulness exercises can boost the immune system and the body’s innate ability to heal. Time on the mat can enhance our sense of community, the connection to nature, as well as guidance toward inner wisdom.
The Tri-State Region here at the crossroads of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts has a rich history in yoga with Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires (Lenox, MA) and Omega Institute in the Hudson Valley (Rhinebeck, NY). These iconic retreats have been a rich history of drawing folks to the area to explore and heal with various practices. Both organizations bring in teachers for guided study and offer ongoing classes from local teachers so that it is possible for neighbors to drop into a retreat when the time feels right. Kripalu is open year-round and Omega has seasonal offerings during the warmer months of the year.
We also wish to highlight and express gratitude for the many dedicated small business owners throughout our region who keep this tradition of wisdom alive and well for our communities. As we transition out of a time of being largely homebound, it is an exciting time to reunite with our communities in this practice that nurtures health, well-being, and inner peace. We invite you to visit the websites of these businesses to learn more about their offerings and schedules.
Yoga Studios in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut
Yoga at Space
Currently offering on-demand virtual classes, and Sarah’s classes at Space will resume later this Fall. See website for details.
Charym Yoga Studio
Offering a choice of class formats including in studio, outdoors, via Zoom, and private classes.
Yoga Studios in the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Offering a large selection of heated yoga classes each day of the week.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Yoga Studios in the Hudson Valley
Millbrook Yoga Studio
Offering a variety of classes for all levels in the studio and via Zoom.
Upcoming Area Events
Friends of EHRE have us asked us to share the following upcoming events in the region.
12th Annual Brew-Ski Fest
October 10, 1-4 p.m.
Live Music. Great Food. Beer, Cider, Hard Soda and more!
New York Cider Week (continues)
Various locations throughout New York
October 2 – October 17, 2021
Salisbury Artisans Group Fall Festival Market
The White Hart in Salisbury
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Salisbury Beast 5K Run
The Salisbury Beast is in its third year (2019 was virtual). The course is up and down Selleck Hill, so we attract a variety of running types! This year’s event will be timed by The Last Mile, timers for the Boston, Chicago, and Houston Marathons! You can find more information at www.salisburybeast.com.