TreeYoga: Getting to New Heights

TreeYoga is the combination of yoga practice with the love for trees into a challenging and joyful outdoor experience.

Developed from thousand year old hinduistic traditions, yoga is one of the best ways to bring body and mind into harmony. The performance of the yogic postures, or asanas, is helping people all over the world to reduce stress, calm down, and train their flexibility. The benefits of yoga have been proven again and again in scientific studies and are by no means restricted to people with an esoteric belief system.

TreeYoga takes the yogic postures from the mat into the trees. With the help of special slings, it is possible to stretch and open the body in ways, that would otherwise not be possible. The hips are strengthened, as is the upper body and the back. The practice itself is less formal then normal yoga exercises, it is more about enjoying nature. Because of the unusual postures there is also a lot of laughing involved, which brings a positive vibe to the sport.

The TreeYoga creators Hal Pruessner and Helen Stutchbury have patented the TreeYoga Multi-Sling Kit which is necessary for a safe practice in the trees. It is a set of two red padded body slings and one or more blue unpadded tree slings constructed of industrial strength sling material and heavy duty thread into interlocked loops. The red slings are padded with a thick, comfortable neoprene insert for maximum comfort, and together the kit weighs about 2 pounds, but can carry up to 7500 pounds of pressure.

Further information: treeyoga.org

German Championship of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES in Cologne

This year the German Championship of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES will take place in Cologne. As part of the new garden event TAG DES GARTENS (Garden Day) hosted by Koelnmesse, ten of the best lumberjack athletes fight for the title and the participation at the World Championship 2015. This is the highlight of the season and the organizers expect thousands of spectators.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports. On entertaining contest events the athletes compete in six disciplines demonstrating their skills with axes and saws. Their success does not only depend on power and stamina but most of all on the right technique. The winner of the championship in Cologne will represent Germany at the competition between the best lumberjacks from twelve nations – including the stars of the scene from Canada, USA and New Zealand.

“The cooperation with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is a real benefit for the premiere event,” said Christopher Werner, Vice President of Koelnmesse GmbH, proudly. “Together with the coherent overall concept, top events like these turn our TAG DES GARTENS into a unique fair format for the outdoor living sector.” The garden event TAG DES GARTENS will take place at the same time as the garden fair spoga+gafa. The public event is open on August 29 and 30 from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Further information: stihl-timbersports.de