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Guidelines for 2020 season due to COVID-19

Welcome to new season of Yoga Hiking! For your health, and the health of your fellow yogis, the safety practices below are mandatory for all Yoga Hiking participants.

1) Stay home if you are experiencing any flu-like, or other, symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. I will refund your fee. I also promise to stay home and cancel the event if I feel sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
2) At all times, maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and anyone else.
3) Wear face masks/coverings over nose and mouth throughout events. If it becomes necessary to remove a mask/covering, increase the space between you and anyone else to at least 12 feet, and remain silent if not wearing a mask.
4) Bring your own yoga mat. If you don't own a yoga mat and don't wish to buy one, you may bring a big towel or blanket instead. When practicing postures, mats will be placed at least 6 feet apart-- we're in nature so let's spread out!
5) Practice mindful silence, except during three specified times for chatting at the start, middle, and end of events. Also, I will minimize instruction narrative of verbal cues, and all postures will be modeled as visual cues.

6) Sign up in advance. Events are limited to 5 participants, plus instructor. No last minute show-ups for now.

7) All participants must be at least 18 years old.

8) Prior to attending for the first time in 2020, all must sign an online waiver, and agreement to follow these guidelines.

WE ARE A SEASONAL GROUP THAT MEETS MAINLY SPRING TO FALL IN BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS! Our events are on Saturdays 10AM-12PM.

Sign up through Meetup, or go to http://www.yogaforhikers.com for more details and discounted prices!

Hiking and practicing yoga outside in the fresh air leaves you feeling uplifted, centered, and peaceful. Combining these two great activities brings a perfectly well-rounded workout to the body and meditative ease to the mind. In warm weather months, we meet regularly in various parks and trails. Each event starts with a theme from yoga philosophy, intention setting, and warm up. Then we hike for about 60 minutes, enjoying the company of nature and each other. Light hearted conversation about yoga and life is encouraged! We stop at intervals for water breaks and to use tree trunks or rocks as our props for a few standing asana ('poses') and upper body warm ups. The total hiking distance is around three miles. We stop at an appropriate spot for about 45+ minutes of yogasana. We can jump right into the main practice of Vinyasa flows and Hatha stretches since we are already nicely warmed up from the hike and earlier yoga warm up. The entire event lasts about 2 hours. Please arrive 10 minutes before the posted starting time as we will begin on time.

Almost all the hikes are easy to moderate level, although we may come across a steep slope from time to time, and we walk at a moderate pace. The yoga portion is for all levels with options offered in a small group environment. All ages and experience levels with yoga and hiking are welcome, although you need to be comfortable walking and being active for the duration of the event. Well behaved children at least 8 years old, participating with parent/guardian, are welcome. Sorry, no dogs at our events.

Please wear hiking boots and loose clothing appropriate for stretching. I provide mats and water. Other items you make want include snacks, insect repellent, sun block, small towel for wiping sweat, sun glasses, and a hat.

In cool weather months, we may hold occasional indoor events. Some of these could include combining yoga with a fun activity such as wine tasting, or just having an old fashioned all levels yoga class. We may even decide to venture out on a snowy day and have a snoga hike!

About me: I am an experienced yogini, yoga instructor, and hiker. I have practiced Hatha yoga since 1993, receiving an instructor's certificate while living in Japan where I was a long time resident. I have Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and RYT500, and am registered with YA (see https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicP...). I received RYT200 training at CrossRoads in Plantsville, CT and advanced training (RYT300) at Yogadarshanam in Mysore, India in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. I have led individual and group yoga classes for 9 years. I started hiking regularly in 2003 and since 2008 have organized a local hiking group that goes out several times a month.

The event and class fee is $15.00 per participant for outside events. Please pay by credit card when you RSVP. You should be smoothly prompted by the meetup site to make payment. Anyone who cancels at least 2 hours before the event starting time will receive a full refund. You will receive a full refund if I must cancel an event because of inclement weather. Forecasts on weather.com of 50% or greater chance of rain will lead to cancellation. I will make every effort to notify participants of a cancellation as early as possible.

For any indoor events, fees and refund policies will be determined in consultation with venue managers.

By clicking 'Yes' for all of this group's events, you agree to the following:

RELEASE: In consideration of my being accepted to participate in the above-described event, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns (1) waive and release any rights and claims for damages for injuries and illnesses, including but not limited to the COVID-19 virus, that may arise against Yoga Hiking, their members, employees and agents, from my participation in the event, (2) agree not to commence any legal action to recover such damages, (3) agree, if I violate the previous clause, to hold harmless and indemnify defendants for any attorneys' fees and other costs and expenses incurred by them in defending such legal action, and (4) grant Yoga Hiking permission to use my name, photograph or likeness.

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