Four “football field yoga sessions” will begin June 29, at the home of the Pelican Rapids Vikings. 

Dates are June 29, July 13 and 27; and August 10. The 45-minute sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Leading the sessions will be Brenda Haugrud, a familiar fitness trainer at ReHab Plus in downtown Pelican. 

 The idea of filling the gridiron with yoga practitioners, of all ages and experience, was Pelican High School graduate and Lake Lida seasonal resident Pamela Hovland. Helping the idea become a reality was the Pelican Rapids Community Education department, Cary Haugrud, and Superintendent Brian Korf. There will be access to the audio and communication systems at the football field. 

A genuine multi-generational event is anticipated, from Silver Sneakers to church groups to high school athletes. 

The enthusiastic response from school officials Korf and Haugrud helped the idea gain steam—and the yoga nights are officially part of the school’s summer rec programming. Businesses are joining the effort, as Larry’s Super Market is providing bottled water for the event.

Hovland’s thoughts on Pelican as a “fitness hub” are further inspired by the pending Pelican to Maplewood recreational trail. The trail is expected to attract fitness-focused bicyclists to Pelican, which will be the trailhead and gateway to the trail. 

“It’s an opportunity for the town to reach out to full-time and seasonal renters to promote health and wellness and a sense of community,” noted Hovland. 

The partnership for a summer series can include the PR school system, local talent, dancing instructors, for example, and involve businesses, organizations, individuals, and families, she added. Cooking and nutrition series, and meditation are other possibilities.

 “Perhaps with the new bike trails, the town could encourage people to gather for large community rides in the evenings. The options are endless and exciting to consider,” she added.