hiking yoga: step off your mat

There are few things better than a Tofino hike!

Getting down and dirty in yoga class is admirable – getting off your mat and practicing outdoors is extraordinary. Taking yoga outdoors stimulates the senses and heightens physical awareness. I have found hiking yoga to be one of the most invigorating and spiritual activities.

Without breath, you are not doing yoga. So why not breathe deeply while hiking and explore the possibilities of connecting to the earth. Groups across the country are offering hiking yoga classes/guides that are specific to the geographic area. Eric Kipp in San Francisco leads urban Hiking Yoga groups that focus on breath and engaging the core. Eric takes you inside the romantic hidden spots of the city while stopping after every huge hill to do a relaxing warrior or triangle pose.

The beauty of nature, like being next to a campfire, immediately inspires you to emerge from your safe zone. Hiking with a group promotes rich social interaction and human connection. I have found the shared experience to be rewarding and quite awakening to my bodies capabilities.

Above: Vanessa, escapes the city and heads to Tofino (Vancouver Island) for an oceanside hike and yoga experience. She's keeping warm in our Remix lulu hoodie.

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Comment by Donna — June 3, 2009 @ 8:43 am

The imagery is beautiful. I am coming up to Vancouver in a few weeks – I want to go on this hike and do yoga. Sometimes it is nice to breathe in the fresh air. My first yoga class was taught outside facing the ocean. We focused on the gently crashing waves.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — June 3, 2009 @ 10:21 am

i’m curious what everyone thinks of athleta–gap’s newly acquired yoga-inspired clothing line. i found this interesting review of the name/brand over at onthebutton. check it out: http://onthebutton.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/naming_athleta_gap/

Comment by rooney — June 4, 2009 @ 10:35 am

Love the connection you make here … being outdoors is the greatest way to practice yoga. We can bring so much awareness to our daily lives with breath work. Only by focusing intently inwards on my breath while simultaneously allowing myself to just be “in the flow” do I get that “oneness” feeling when I hike, swim, run, bike, surf … it is addicting!

Comment by Rica — June 5, 2009 @ 12:29 am

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