With so much natural beauty and serenity in this part of the world, it is no surprise that we observe many lovers of a peaceful 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 interested students at all levels. With its deep benefits of relaxation and fostering harmony with the environment, yoga can bring us home to a calmer, more centered self.
In this season of autumn, this time of transition, we see the effects both in nature and in the body. Even with all the splendor of leaves changing and crisp fresh air, one may feel a degree of unease or perhaps ungrounded, weak, overwhelmed, or a bit unbalanced as the days get shorter and darker, colder days of winter start to become apparently near. Yoga is a great complement to the busy entrepreneur’s 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 time in mindfulness exercises can boost the immune system and the body’s innate ability to heal, and it can enhance our senses of community, connection to the magnificent nature that surrounds us, as well as guidance toward inner wisdom to anyone who feels the call.
The Tri-State Region here at the crossroads of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts has a rich history in yoga with the prominent Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires (Lenox, MA) and Omega Institute in the Hudson Valley (Rhinebeck, NY) 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 locals 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 with their offerings of yoga classes on a regular basis. As we transition out of a time of being mostly 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 Studios in the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Yoga Studios in the Hudson Valley
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.