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HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about Rise Yoga at Muddy Roots Farm in Wallingford – Meriden Record

WALLINGFORD – Outdoor yoga offers the opportunity to get outside the studio and connect to nature while practicing stress reducing techniques.

Here are five things to know about yoga at Muddy Roots Farm in Wallingford from farm owner Kirsten Marra and Rise Yoga owner and instructor Kelsey Sperl.

Health benefits

The main health benefit of outdoor yoga is decreasing stress. Sperl said the environment is a way to disconnect from modern distractions and routines.

“I think just getting back and closer to nature allows you to get closer to yourself; we’re so far removed from that in most of our days,” she said. “It’s really hard to stress out when you’re in nature.”

The farm

Muddy Roots Farm, off Northford Road, has been operating for three years on family land.

Marra said the crop operation is less than a half acre. The farm has chickens, turkeys, horses and pigs.

The primary mission of the farm is to feed the community and give them “honest, transparent food.” The farm has been collaborating with Rise Yoga to help bring the community closer to nature.

Inside versus outside yoga

Sperl said doing yoga outside to connect to nature.

Connecting to the body is also significant and can be done easier away from technology and artificial light.

Fresh air and natural outdoor sounds help participants keep their focus and unwind from daily stress.

The experience

Rise Yoga previously held a yoga event at Muddy Roots Farm in April.

The class, which lasts about an hour, is set out in the field away from the road and other distractions. Participants can bring yoga mats or simply practice right on the grass. 

Sperl said the experience can be enhanced by doing yoga barefoot. 

“Feeling the Earth beneath you really allows you to feel grounded,” she said.

Get involved

The next outdoor Rise Yoga class will be at Muddy Roots Farm on Friday, Sept. 21, starting at 6 p.m., and ending at 7 p.m., just after sunset. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early. It will be a rise and flow class.
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