In an endeavor to embrace the serenity of nature while promoting physical and mental well-being, Audubon Great Plains and CJM Yoga is thrilled to announce “Yoga with Birds – Connecting Mind, Body, and Nature,” a unique yoga event taking place amidst the beauty of the prairie.
In honor of National Prairie Day on Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. yoga enthusiasts and nature lovers are invited to join us at Lions Conservancy Nature Park in Fargo, North Dakota, for an optional guided bird walk at 7:30 a.m. followed by a rejuvenating yoga practice at 8:30 a.m. Set against the backdrop of the riparian forest and native prairie, this event aims to provide a harmonious fusion of yoga practices, bird watching, and appreciation of the natural surroundings.
The birding portion of the event will be led by Audubon Great Plains Senior Coordinator of Engagement Meghan Carter-Johnson and yoga will be led by instructor Caroline McGuire of CJM Yoga. Through a carefully curated yoga session and guided bird watch, participants of all ages and skill levels will have the opportunity to indulge in a series of invigorating yoga poses, breathwork, and identify bird species in the region.
“Participation will foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the importance of preserving our natural surroundings. By joining in birding participants will warm up their bodies and minds while taking in the sights and sounds of birds and nature around them. Following up with yoga on the prairie will allow for further mind and body connection to the prairie ecosystem”, Meghan Carter-Johnson, Audubon Great Plains.
Binoculars will be available to borrow. Bring your own yoga mat if you have one, however participants can join in yoga without one. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend.
Our mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. North Dakota’s prairies provide critical habitat for North America’s most imperiled species of birds, grassland birds, including North Dakota’s state bird, the Western Meadowlark. National Prairie Day, established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation in 2016 as the first Saturday in June, is a time to honor the role of the prairie in the lives of birds and people.
To participate in “Yoga with Birds”, individuals are encouraged to register in advance through our website at https://act.audubon.org/a/yoga-birds. Registration is $10, and will be matched up to $1,000.
After the event, Red River Coffee will be providing coffee and cake donuts, as well as, water and additional snacks provided by CJM Yoga LLC for all participants.
Photo: Yellow Warbler. Gary Robinette/Audubon Photography Awards