Yoga and Black Bears Team Up!

Practice Yoga and Meditation while in the Shadow of Wild Black Bears

ORR, MN—April 20, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing a new Yoga event for the 2010 season at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary located in Orr, MN.

Visitors will have an opportunity to experience yoga as it was originally intended by getting out of the studio and into a natural setting. Students will find that being at the mercy of the natural elements will strengthen an existing practice or encourage a new one. This unique yoga event is only available at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary and is offered twice throughout the season. This class will be a unique one-of-a-kind experience for yoga enthusiasts to experience a spot of natural power and reconnect to the natural world while viewing wild black bears from the safety of a viewing platform.

“While striking a yoga pose students will be able to feel the energy of being surrounded by these gentle giants in this very special place,” says vice president and bear behaviorist Klari Lea, “they will be able to find an inner doorway to the natural rhythms of nature by becoming one within the shadows of the normally reclusive black bear.” Adds Lea, “It is a chance for people to surround themselves with the bear and awaken their senses, enhance their focus and reconnect to the natural world.”

All levels of yoga students are welcome and should benefit from the class. Carol Carlson, the class instructor, has taught a wide range of capabilities and has 30 years of experience. She is also a certified IKTA instructor. To register for the class, please go to where you can find out more information on this program and other events for the 2010 season.

The American Bear Association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. Thousands of people visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary every year to view and learn about black bears, their behavior, habitat needs and life cycles. It is known by photographers as “the best place in North American to photograph wild black bears in their natural habitat.” The Sanctuary is open to the public each Tuesday through Sunday, from 5PM till dusk, between Memorial Day and Labor Day and closed on Mondays. May 29th is their first day of operation for the 2010 season. For more information visit the website