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Hope brings outside YOGA to the TURF in APRIL!

By HSC, 03/07/17, 12:00AM EST


Pull out your Yoga Mat and get your Strrrrrrrretch On!

Hope Sports Complex is bringing a multitude of events to the mid Michigan area.  The goal is to open the doors to any group that requires space for movement, space for meetings/events, space for a meal or all of the above.

The Turf Field has been open since early February for groups to rent. In early April, (or perhaps earlier if the weather remains warm and dry), the entire park will open all fields for activities.  On April 14th at 9:00am, the Turf field will begin a new offering of outdoor yoga practices.  It is our hope  that yoga and other related activities will find a permanent home for daily activities offered to the public.  We've started with three sessions and will be adding more soon!  Only $5 at the door and don't forget your mat, towel and water!  Read below about our first Yoga Instructor, Lacey Ann Ingram!  You won't want to miss these Friday dates!

YOGA SESSIONS with Lacey Ann Ingrao

Friday - April 14th - 9:00am - 10:00am
Friday - April 21st - 9:00am - 10:00am
Friday - April 28th - 9:00am - 10:00am


Lacey Ann Ingrao

Although Lacey Ingrao is originally from California, she is known for her love of Michigan. She arrived only four years ago with a passion and commitment to enhance individual and community relationships with nature. Lacey’s commitment to nature-based therapies, as well as working with nonprofit organizations and underserved communities, has led her in many dynamic directions, professionally and personally.

In 2008, Lacey received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, laying the foundation for a life in mental wellness. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with a concentration in Eco-Psychology in 2012. As an Eco-Psychologist Lacey’s breadth of knowledge includes community development, nature-based and movement therapies, edible landscape creation, transitions, rites of passage, and mindfulness in nature. Her day jobs include Program Management for several local organizations, Yoga Instructor, and Owner/Farmer at Bee Wise Farms.

A practice of yoga further rooted Lacey in a life of alternative forms of health and wellness. She has maintained a personal practice since 2000 and began facilitating the practice to others in 2007.  With Lacey’s educational background and personal experience, she frequently works with those challenged by traumatic events, anxiety and PTSD. Lacey’s experiences as a yoga instructor have included time in the Amazon as a yoga clown, facilitating yoga retreats in the wilderness and teaching children. In Michigan, Lacey is involved in yoga programs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, and facilitates workshops on transitions and other programs that teach yoga to adults, beginners, and veterans.

As a Programs Manager, Lacey has the pleasure of working to empower underserved farmers through education and resource assistance, and by developing and supporting communities of practice. This work allows Lacey to use her communications and relationship management skills to better inform and stay connected to supporters.

At Bee Wise Farms, Lacey, along with her partner, keeps honeybees and produce honey products in addition to sustainably grown herbs, vegetables and cut flowers. At the farm, Lacey maintains a sensory garden for relaxation and restorative benefit for all who visit.  One of the most publicized projects she and her partner developed in 2015 is the Heroes to Hives Program. This program guides veterans through a 9-month urban beekeeping program.  In 2017, Heroes to Hives transitioned to being a MSU Extension program. It is at Bee Wise Farm where Lacey shares her knowledge through teachings, outreach, and service.

Come on out and join us on Friday, April 14th! We can't wait to meet you!