Free yoga program aims to strengthen the body and sense of community in CT
Beginning May 22, outdoor yoga classes will be held in parks in six different Connecticut cities throughout the summer.
The program was the brainchild of TJ Clynch, founder of Civic Mind, 11 years ago. Classes were initially only offered in Hartford, but it has now grown to include Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Willimantic and New London.
The latest effort comes as U.S. public health officials advise strengthening social infrastructure like parks and public programs, to help stave off loneliness. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, reducing feelings of loneliness can decrease a person’s chances for heart disease, stroke and dementia.
“It really does help people stay connected, and improve their sense of well being and belonging,” said Kim Kann, assistant vice president of public relations at ConnectiCare.
The classes are sponsored by the health insurance company, but are open and free to everyone. They are designed for all skill levels and ages.
Kann said more cities might still be added to the schedule. A list of locations and times can be found at yogainourcity.com. The program runs through Oct. 9.