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Outdoor Yoga, Workouts, Runs & Activities in Amesbury: Summer 2021

It’s official: Summer 2021 is going to be back to (somewhat) normal in the North Shore!

With social distancing restrictions easing and vaccination rates rising, we’re feeling more hopeful than ever and are super excited to get back into the community as well as welcome our much missed tourists!

As Amesbury locals who know just how precious a North Shore summer is, you can bet your bottom that we’re taking advantage of all the amazing outdoor activities! From outdoor yoga in Amesbury to cycle loops that will take you through Newburyport to a monthly pop up Pure Barre class at the iconic Cider Hill Farm, there’s something on for everyone!

Scroll down to see our favorite activities to do in Amesbury (and the surrounding area!)

Outdoor Workouts, Races & Activities in Amesbury This Summer

1. Free Workout Series with Sweat Fixx

Together with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Sweat Fixx is offering a free 45 minute outdoor workout every Thursday evening in June that will have you doing timed circuits using your bodyweight and resistance bands. Worried about your fitness level! Don’t fret! Modifications will be provided for any higher impact moves.

What you need to know:
When: Every Thursday from 6 – 7pm in June 2021
Location: Next to the Amesbury Library (149 Main St)
Please bring your own mat, water and towel.

Book your spot on Mindbody here! (You can also book via Classpass!)

2. Monthly Pop Up: Pure Barre @ Cider Hill Farm

As always, Cider Hill Farm is winning our hearts with a summer Saturday morning Pure Barre class thanks to Pure Barre Newburyport! Scheduled for the first Saturday of the month, you’ll get to strengthen your core, tone your muscles and break a sweat while taking in a beautiful view! And after you’re finished, you can stroll through the farm to buy some of the best coffee, flowers and art in the North Shore!

What you need to know:
When: First Saturday of the month from 9 – 10 am
Location: Cider Hill Farm (45 Fern Ave)
First class is complimentary, registrations required!

Click here to learn more and to book your spot!

3. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at Lake Gardner

We say SUP, but you can also kayak, canoe or simply swim at Lake Gardner! This is such a great spot to chill out with a book, picnic with friends or get out for a power paddling session! You can also go for a walk or run along the Lake Garnder trail to Battis Farm!

What you need to know:
Parking: 80 High Street
Lifeguards and toilets periodically provided in the summer.
Sadly, not dog-friendly in the summer months.

A note about access:
The Lake Gardner Beach swimming area is accessed by car from an entrance on High Street. The public can launch small boats such as canoes, kayaks, small sail craft, and other car top boats from the northern end of the beach.

Click here to learn more about Lake Gardner.

4. Outdoor Yoga with Bryony & Birch

That’s right! We are totally part of the outdoor yoga scene in Amesbury! While we hold a ton of indoor and virtual yoga classes, we love getting outside for a flow when the weather permits! It doesn’t matter what your level is, we hold a range of restorative yoga classes designed to help you feel calm, centered and balanced.

Bryony & Birch Outdoor Yoga in Amesbury MA Timetable:
Mondays
7am Bryony Boot Camp with Kiana Morano
6pm Vinyasa Flow with Jessalynn Hudgins
Tuesdays
6pm Power Yoga with Katie Cavic
Wednesdays
7am Bryony Boot Camp with Kiana Morano
6pm Yoga Sculpt with Jessalynn Hudgins
Thursdays
6pm Power Yoga with Jess Benedetto
Fridays
7am Bryony Boot Camp with Kiana Morano
10am Vinyasa Flow with Jessalynn Hudgins
Saturdays
8:30am Bryony Boot Camp with Kiana Morano
10am Vinyasa Flow with Jessalynn Hudgins
Sundays
10am Power Yoga with Jess Benedetto

What you need to know:
Our indoor yoga studio, hair loft and boutique is located at 45 Main Street!
We offer a whole lot more than yoga classes!
Pop in and say hello!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers and to book your spot.

Can’t make it in person? Not to worry! On the Bryony & Birch Yoga App (available on the App Store and Google Play), you’ll find restorative classes you can do from home that focus on mindful movements of the body and breath as well as power sessions designed to intertwine strength, balance and flexibility.

5. Amesbury Trails & Hikes

If you’re looking to get out in nature, we highly recommend planning a nature walk (or run!) in Amesbury. We have multiple options that cater to all ability levels making them super family friendly. While there are walks for every day of the week, our top three recommendations are the Town Forest Boardwalk (which will take you all the way to Woodsom Farm!), Amesbury Riverwalk Trail and the hike to Po Hill!

Learn more via:

Click here to view the full list of Amesbury Trails to explore!

6. Amesbury Runs & Races

If one of your goals this summer is to go from the couch to a 5k, it’s time to sign up for the Amesbury 5k and/or the Yankee Homecoming 5k Road Race! Scenic, fun and full of energy, it’s the perfect way to start your day and achieve your fitness goals! Alternatively, you can opt for one of our go-to 6.5 mile loops. Mapped by a fellow runner, it takes you across state lines to New Hampshire and back!

Learn more via:

Amesbury Days 5K – July 3, 2021
Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race (Newburyport) – Aug 3, 2021
6.5 Mile Loop – Open all year round

7. Cycling Route – Maudslay State Park 13 Mile Loop

Looking for somewhere to ride your bike in Amesbury or Newburyport? We recommend (as do all of our cycling friends), the Maudslay State Park 13 Mile Loop! You can either power it the whole way or take plenty of stops along the way to take in the scenery. There are some seriously impressive gardens in there so we like to opt for a mid-morning coffee break!

Click here to map your ride!

8. DAM Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon

Are you training for a Tri? Looking for your next challenge? If you answered yes to either, you need to save the date: (July 11, 2021) because the Dam Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon is happening! After having so many great running, swimming and biking events cancelled, we couldn’t be more thrilled to learn that this epic Amesbury Triathlon is going ahead this summer!

Click here to learn more and to register.

What is Brand Photography?

We’re so glad you asked! Because just like outdoor yoga, we love us some good brand photography!

When we say ‘brand photography’ we mean a suite of professional images that represent your business visually, and fit with your visual identity through their use of colours, tone, props, sets and more. These can include photos of you, your team, your products, your process, your space and other things that make your business unique. BUT most importantly it shows the world what you’re passionate about.

The good news is: we offer this service! Welcome to BRAND WITH BRYONY…

What’s included:

  • Hair and makeup
  • Product shots
  • Headshots
  • Catered lunch
  • Exclusive use of the Bryony + Birch studio space
  • Photos with Kate Donovan Photography

Basically, we want you to picture your favorite made-for-Netflix movie montage scene and that’s what you’ll get when you work with us! We will help you and your brand find your best light. (And hopefully your new community!)

Click here to learn more and to book your branding package today!

 

Virtual Yoga: Find Your Flow In Amesbury

If you’re looking for something that is going to help you feel more flexible, less anxious and a lot stronger, you’ve come to the right place.

Many of us have been teaching and practicing yoga in surrounding areas for years, but as Bryony & Birch found a home in Amesbury, our yoga practices have settled here too.

And thanks to the kick in the butt Covid gave us, we now have our own yoga app to give you a front row seat to all of our virtual yoga classes no matter where you are in the world (or the global health crisis is preventing you from attending a class in person!)

Amesbury Virtual Yoga Classes For All Levels & Flows

The thing we love most about yoga is that there is a level and flow for everyone.

It doesn’t matter if you’re rehabbing an injury and need a practice that allows you to feel calm and centered or you’re interested in building long lean muscles to help you run your next marathon, or you desperately need a way to manage your stress & anxiety, this ancient practice has something for you.

On the Bryony & Birch Yoga App (available on the App Store and Google Play), you’ll find restorative classes that focus on mindful movements of the body and breath as well as power sessions designed to intertwine strength, balance and flexibility.

Meet your yoga teachers:

Bryony & Birch Studios Katie Cavic TeacherKatie Cavic
Her Yoga M.O. – Smoothe, Sweaty & Challenging

 

Bryony & Birch Studio jessalynn Hudgins teacherJessalynn Hudgins
Her Yoga M.O. – Alignment & Posture

 

Bryony & Birch Jess Benedetto yoga instructorJessica Benedetto
Her Yoga M.O. – Inclusive & Adaptable

 

Bryony & Birch Studio Tayla David yoga teacher
Tayla David
Her Yoga M.O – Mind, Body & Breath

Meet all of the Bryony & Birch yoga and wellness instructors here.

 How To Get The Bryony & Birch Virtual Yoga App

Designed to make mindfulness and exercise convenient and accessible, the Bryony & Birch Virtual Yoga app is available in both the App Store and Google Play.

What you get for only $29.99/month

  • Unlimited live virtual yoga classes
  • 24/7 access to on-demand library of classes
  • In-studio classes (Subject to availability)
  • Outdoor classes (Weather permitting)
  • 10% off one salon service per month at the Bryony & Birch Hair Loft (located downtown Amesbury, MA)

Want to know the best part?

When you sign up before March 1st, you get 50% off your first month! (That’s a month of unlimited yoga classes for less than $15!)

Get 50% Off Your First Month

Scroll down to learn more about the benefits of yoga, tips for getting started as well as our upcoming challenge!

The Benefits of Yoga

A calm heart and mind. Need we say more? (Don’t worry, we will!)

  • Yoga’s mindfulness and breathing techniques can be used to help alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Yoga can strengthen your core and pelvic floor muscles
  • Yoga can improve flexibility and help with injury prevention
  • Yoga can help improve your body’s circulatory system
  • Yoga can be an effective low-impact way to lose fat and gain muscle

 

3 Tips for Starting a Yoga Practice

We get it. Yoga can be intimidating.

For some people, it’s the quest of trying to reach their toes. For others, it’s the confronting thoughts they fear they’ll hear if they stop to be still throughout their day.

Here are our tips for starting a yoga practice.

#1 Start small

You don’t need to dive into a 90 minute power yoga session on Day 1. You don’t need to hold a pose for as long as your instructor said. The beautiful thing about yoga is that it’s your practice, your journey and your choice.

#2 Explore your options

Like pretty much everything in life, one size does not fit all when it comes to yoga. Just because you didn’t resonate with breath work, doesn’t mean a more physical flow won’t accomplish your same wellness goals. Try out different classes and instructors.

#3 Celebrate your wins

Gratitude exercises are a great way to stay positive when it comes to finances, your career and even your relationships. Don’t forget to count your yoga blessings too! For example: give thanks that you simply showed up, even if you didn’t want to.

Join our upcoming personal accountability Bryony March Challenge: Yoga Every Damn Day

With warmer weather just around the corner, we want to take the month of March to come together with like-minded people to get our bodies out of hibernation mode and to create a new healthy habit that’s going to stick.

For 31 days, join us in our commitment to get to our mats every. damn. day. This could be for a flow class on the app or it could be you sitting with your eyes shut down for a moment of silence in your own time.

This challenge is about creating accountability and community. Since simply getting to your mat can be the hardest part of your practice, let’s take this time to find strength from within and from others to make our health and wellness a priority.

Ready to get started?

All you have to do is:

  1. Make sure you download the Bryony & Birch Yoga App (App Store or Google Play) so you can access yoga classes anywhere in the world!
  2. Click here to opt in with your email so you receive our daily habit tracker, teacher encouragement and access to our social community.

After months (and by months we mean A YEAR) of having to stay inside, we’re hopeful that the opportunity to venture outdoors, reconnect with family and friends and get back to our favorite pastimes comes with the seasonal change. We’re also hopeful that we will face the rest of 2021 with strong bodies and calm minds.

Get the Bryony & Birch Yoga App in the App Store or Google Play (Don’t forget your mat!)