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A little napping + a little hiking or yoga = the perfect Thanksgiving weekend

There’s a questionable rumor going around that the tryptophan in turkey doesn’t actually make you sleepy. We have a hard time believing that ­– everyone knows the post-Thanksgiving torpor is real!

Lucky for us, we’ve got people looking out for us! We’re going to fight that post-Thanksgiving sleepiness by getting out and moving our bodies. Here are four activities designed by our wonderful regional non-profits which will help combat the tryptophan (though – to be clear – we do recommend some good, old-fashioned lollygagging this weekend so don’t skimp on that).

The Great, BIG “Walk It Off” Hike

Join Mass Audubon to walk off all those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! Starting at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary field station, travel along to the beach and the Quansett Trail on what the Buzzards Bay coalition describes as “a scenic, calorie-burning blitz of approximately 6 miles.”
Make sure to dress for a day hike and come prepared wearing closed toe shoes and a daypack with water and snacks.

Where: Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport
When: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Registration is required. Check here for more info. $10 members, $12 non-members.

Post-Thanksgiving Day Hike

Join DRNT Board Member, Tom Matthews, as he leads you on a refreshing hike through Destruction Brook Woods. Added benefits include burning off those stuffing calories!

Where: Destruction Brook Woods, 205 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth
When: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Free. More info here.

Hatha Yoga

This gentle to moderate class is a perfect way for yogis of all levels to ease themselves back into post-turkey society and stretch off the pumpkin pie. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, towel, and water.

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Wareham, 13 Highland Ave, Onset, MA
When: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Suggested donation of $10 supports next year’s Onset Summer of Love concert series. More here. 

Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk

Four-legged friends will love joining you for this annual walk in the crisp, late-fall air at the Sippican Lands Trust’s 248-acre White Eagle property.
Dogs must be leashed and under owners control at all times.

Where: White Eagle, Parlowtown Rd., Marion, MA
When: Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Free. More info here.

An extra bonus beyond getting the blood flowing: By showing up to any of these events, you’re letting the good people who create these wonderful events know that their work matters and that we are grateful for them. And, isn’t that exactly what Thanksgiving is all about?


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Hip & Zen: Yoga on the South Coast

Sometimes I’m physically exhausted by how hard it is to stay hip and trendy. Is avocado toast still worthy of an Instagram? Why is everyone talking about “cold brew” and what happened to normal iced coffee? While these questions may plague me with uncertainty, one thing is for sure: yoga is still hot. Luckily, the South Coast offers a plethora of yoga classes and we at South Coast Almanac have compiled a list of 6 favorites to keep our beloved readers at their trendiest this summer.

Greeting the day at the water's edge

Greeting the day at the water’s edge (Photo courtesy of Ebb & Flow Wellness Studio)

For the early birds and/or night owls
Good Morning/Good Night Yoga Flow…Beach Yoga
Who: Ebb and Flow Wellness Studio
What: Morning yoga – An energizing and awakening morning yoga practice using breath, postures, and visualization. Connecting with the elements of earth and fire. Meet and greet the day.  Evening yoga – Wind down, relax, and connect with your internal systems and external surroundings through gentle yoga postures, breath, and meditation.
Where: Meet at Onset Pier
When: Good Morning Yoga – Fridays 8-9 am / Good Night Yoga – Wednesdays 7-8 pm 
How much: $10
Contact: Beth McLacklin, (508) 273-7736
Bring a mat and/or a towel

Slocum's River Reserve (Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust)

Slocum’s River Reserve (Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust)

For the nature lovers
Summer Yoga Series
Who: Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust
What: Hour long flow for all levels and ages.
Where: Slocum’s River Reserve, Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA
When: Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 am through August 31
How much: Free
Contact: (508) 991-2289
Bring your own mat, towel, and bug spray


Fort Taber Yoga (Photo courtesy of Meghan @newportanchor)

Fort Taber Yoga (Photo courtesy of Meghan @newportanchor)

For the community seekers
Fort Taber Summer Yoga
Who: South Coast Yoga
What: Hour long flow on the grassy fields next to Fort Taber as the sun sets with as many as 180 of your neighbors.
Where: Fort Taber, 1000 Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA
When: Mondays and Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm through the summer
How much: $5
Contact: Pam Teves, [email protected]
Bring a mat and/or towel and water

For the beach lovers
Yoga at Silvershell Beach
Who: Marion Recreation Department
What: An hour long flow, suitable for all ages and levels.
Where: Front Street Marion, MA
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 am through August 30th
How much: $10
Contact: Tim Donahue, (508) 525-9800
Bring a mat and/or towel

Yoga at Ned's Point (Photo courtesy of Anchor Yoga)

Yoga at Ned’s Point (Photo courtesy of Anchor Yoga)

For a cause (and for the vistas)
Lighthouse Yoga at Ned’s Point – Anchor Yoga
What: 75 minute flow for all levels
Where: Ned’s Point Lighthouse, Ned’s Point Rd, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
When: Saturdays 8:15-9:30 am through Labor Day
How much: By donation (suggested donation $5/$10/$20) —  100% of all money collected will go directly into the Anchor Chain Fund which gives back to the community (this summer, they’ve already collected over $3,000)
Contact: Jessica Webb, (508) 542-9022
Bring a mat, water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Blanket optional.

Paddleboard Yoga (Photo courtesy of Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures)

Paddleboard Yoga (Photo courtesy of Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures)

For the adventuresome
SUP Yoga
Who: Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
What: Perfect for yoga beginners & intermediate students, this class offers moderate poses at a laid back pace to strengthen the body, calm the mind and heal the soul. Intro to SUP or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for this program.
Where: Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, 489 Old County Road, Westport, MA 02790
When: Tuesdays 5-6 pm
How much: $35 per session, or buy a 6 pack and save 15%. BYOB save $10
Contact: (508) 636-0300

No matter which class you choose, we’re sure it will bring you peace of mind. Besides you’ll get to enjoy our amazing South Coast while you are at it!

And if you happen to post any pictures to your Instagram for ultimate hipness, make sure to tag us so that we can see you practicing yoga!

– Shea Necheles

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Note from South Coast Almanac:

We’ve gotten an overwhelmingly positive response to this post and have discovered a couple more cool outdoor yoga events that you may want to check out!

    Fitness in Cushman Park, Fairhaven offers Tuesday morning yoga (and Thursday morning boot camp) at 8:30 a.m. free of charge thanks to a variety of local business sponsors. Through August 25.
    Westport Rivers Winery had their first yoga class/post-yoga wine tasting on July 23d. If you missed it and want to participate in another one (I know I do!), let them know.
    The best way to find out more about either of these classes is to look on their Facebook pages.
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