What is a Yoga Hike?
Yoga Hikes are a combination of Vinyasa yoga and brisk hiking done in roughly 15 minute intervals over 90 minutes. It is a fitness workout that is active, outdoors, and a lot of fun!
Nature Yoga Hikes – 90 minutes and 2 hours
Most Nature Yoga Hikes start and end at two locations:
Rock Creek Park/Dumbarton Oaks/Montrose Parks hike begins at the Woodley Park entrance to Rock Creek Parkway at the intersection of 24th and Calvert Street.
Pierce Mill Rock Creek Park hike begins in the field adjacent to the main Pierce Mill parking lot (at the intersection of Tilden Rd, Beach Drive, and Park Rd NW).
Nature Yoga Hikes are a combination of trails and road hiking, so appropriate footwear is mandatory. You should arrive dressed and ready to hike and practice yoga for 90 minutes (approximately 45 minutes of yoga and 45 minutes of hiking) or 2 hours (approximately 55 minutes of yoga and 60 minutes of hiking). Nature hikes are on dirt trails which requires core work. You should have a healthy sense of balance and stability to participate in a Nature Hike and be able to keep a steady hiking pace. Though the yoga is open level, due to the hills and uneven terrain, the hiking is considered moderate.
Note that the Woodley Park starting point is a half block south of the Woodley Park Metro. Though Pierce Mill is approximately a 25 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro, there are three free parking lots surrounding The Pierce Mill Barn (off of Tilden, Beach Drive, and Broad Branch Rd). Restrooms and water fountains are available adjacent to this parking area. Bringing your own water bottle is encouraged.
Urban Yoga Hikes – 90 minutes
Urban Yoga Hikes start and end in Dupont Circle. Meet us on the west side of the fountain (the lawn area between the fountain and CVS) where we will begin our yoga practice before heading out to explore side streets and green spaces around the city. Urban Yoga Hikes are primarily on sidewalks, include hills, and have multiple stops for practicing yoga. You should arrive dressed and ready to hike and practice yoga for 90 minutes (approximately 45 minutes of yoga and 40 minutes of hiking). Urban Yoga Hikes are open-level yoga combined with easy to moderate hiking. The hiking will be primarily on paved sidewalks, though we will go up hills and numerous steps. Appropriate footwear is mandatory, but you can wear whatever clothes you would be most comfortable in. Please note there is no storage area and there are no restrooms on these hikes. Backpacks or lumbar/fannypacks are best for carrying personal items with you. Bringing your own water bottle is encouraged.