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Four Years of Yoga Hikes!

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Do you love hiking in the fall?  There’s still time to sign up for the last open Yoga Hike of the 2016 season this Saturday, October 15th in Rock Creek Park from 10 – 11:30am.  We will start at the parking lot across the street from Peirce Mill Barn (see registration for details) and hike along the Western Ridge trail stopping at three different locations to practice yoga and take in the outdoor autumn beauty. We hope you’ll join us for 90 minutes of fun outdoor fitness as we enjoy  yoga and hiking through Rock Creek Park!  Sign up HERE or visit our website www.yogahikesdc.com

 

THE 2016 SEASON…that’s a wrap!Yoga Hikes DC

Whether you came out on a Yoga Hike in 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 we want to THANK YOU for being a part of Yoga Hikes and enjoying the outdoors with us.  This year we experimented with more private group hikes and fewer open weekend yoga hikes.  We heard from many of you that one open monthly yoga hike was not enough and appreciate the feedback!  We will continue to host our popular private group yoga hikes, but will certainly look to add more open hikes to the schedule for next spring.

LOVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Each year we like to shine the light on nonprofit community partners doing great work on parks, urban green space, and the environment.  We send them volunteers, help them raise funds, and more!  If you don’t know about these great location nonprofit organizations, you should!  They help keep some of our favorite parks safe, green, and open.  They educate us about rivers, trees, and wildlife.  In addition, they are working with area youth taking many out into the woods for the first time and raising the next generation of outdoor environmentalists, conservationists, gardeners, and agriculturalists!  Your time as a volunteer or your cash donation of any amount will make a difference supporting the work of these three awesome local organizations!

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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, U.S. NATIONAL PARKS

By now, you’ve heard that The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and they are celebrating all year long with special events at national parks throughout the country!

The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.  So don’t miss out.  Take advantage of their Free Park Entrance Days – the next one is November 11, 2016, Veteran’s Day.  #Findyourpark and discover the national parks and programs in your own back yard!park-service

 

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Free Yoga Hikes, Rock Creek’s 125th Events, and more!

SummerDSC01342 is winding down, but there are still numerous opportunities to join us and a few special events too!  In addition to our regular schedule, we’ve got new rates for private groups, info on tickets for the 125th Anniverary of Rock Creek Park, free Yoga Hikes at Rock Creek Park Day, and check out a special offer from the folks at Shensara Festival in VA this weekend!

Morning #YogaHikes on Saturdays and Sundays – We’ll be leading Nature Yoga Hikes through October, so there is still time to enjoy a 3 or 5 hike pass at a great discount.  Start your weekend with a 90 minute small group outdoor experience you’ll love!  Sign up now at YHDC Online Schedule
Private Group Yoga Hikes – Interested in taking your friends, book club, wedding party, alumni club, or other association or group out on a fun, social, outdoor experience?  Yoga Hikes are a great way to build teams and relationships while enjoying nature.  We can also lead your group simply on a one hour hike and leave you at a spot where you can picnic at the end Best of all, we’ve discounted our rates for the last three months of the season and can be available weekdays and weeknights!  Rates are as low as $17 per person.  Learn more at http://yogahikesdc.com/schedule/rates/ or contact us about booking a private group Yoga Hike  or regular hike now!  danielle@yogahikesdc.com

Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Gala! 125thLogo
Saturday, September 26th at the Embassy of Italy

Join Yoga Hikes founder, Danielle M. Reyes, for a unique gala celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our beloved Rock Creek Park.  The gala will help Rock Creek Conservancy raise funds to invest in numerous programs and activities that help us protect and enjoy this national treasure.  Purchase tickets HERE!
Rock Creek Park DaySunday, September 27th at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
Join Yoga Hikes staff for two free special Yoga Hikes starting at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center! Rock Creek Park Day is from 11am-3pm and is hosted by the National Park Service.  In addition to yogaand hiking, you can expect numerous programs and activities throughout the day to enjoy and participate in.

SUMMER THINGS WE LOVE
10484047_692099380871638_7674090104597312027_nKey Bridge Boathouse – If you haven’t tried paddling on the Potomac river from the Key Bridge Boathouse, now is a great time to get out there!  Kayaking and stand up paddling are easy workouts in a relaxing atmosphere.  You can spot bald eagles and even paddle up to trails leading to one of two waterfalls.  No 45 minute drive needed, just get to the Georgetown Waterfront and you’ll be on your way!  Be sure to tell them Yoga Hikes DC sent you!  Our recommendation: Go right when leaving the boathouse for the best views and best nature experience.

OFFER FROM SHENSARA FESTIVAL August 14 & 16 in Luray, VA 
If your determined to get out of town this weekend, the Shensara Festival is an easy option and has offered Yoga Hikes members a very special discount for their upcoming outdoor event.  Simply use the Promo Code: yogahikes and receive $65 off the price of your ticket bringing the total to $85!

Learn more at www.shensara.com

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Weekends are for Yoga Hikes!

WEEKENDS ARE FOR #YOGAHIKES!

One more reason to LOVE the WEEKEND!  Yoga Hikes are on Saturday and Sunday mornings typically at 9am or 10am. Times vary slightly throughout the month to offer students more options.  Nature Yoga Hikes are in #RockCreekPark and our popular Urban Yoga Hike in Rosslyn, VA will return in July.

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These are just a few of our photos from this season, which is already off to an amazing start!  So if you love yoga and hiking, are eager to explore Rock Creek Park, and looking for a fun small group activity to do with friends, GIVE US A TRY! Sign up for your next Yoga Hike on our online schedule.

Wish there were yoga hikes on weekdays or at additional times on the weekends?  Let us know!  You can reach us on Facebook, Twitter or email danielle@yogahikesdc.com Our fun and talented team of instructors are interested and ready! Tell us what days and times you would like to go on a Yoga Hike and we will add the most requested time to the schedule in July!

FLOW FOR A CAUSE IN JUNE: CITY BLOSSOMS

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We are excited to bring back Flow for a Cause program for the 2015 season.  Flow for a Cause (#F4AC) recognizes, promotes, and supports some of our favorite nonprofit organizations that, like Yoga Hikes, promote a love of nature, the outdoors, and fitness. For the month of June we’ve brought back City Blossoms!

City Blossoms began nine years ago in Columbia Heights and is a non-profit organization dedicated to kid-driven, community engaging, creative green spaces.  To date, City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects.  It has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators.  It specializes in an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center. All City Blossoms projects are organic and designed to work with the local environment and community needs.

Want to get engaged this month?  There are two opportunities this week!

Wednesday, June 10th is 5% Day at Whole 11193436_885433458166960_9035198260418843684_nFood for City Blossoms. Whole Foods on P St NW in Washington, DC will donate 5% of your purchase to City Blossoms.

Friday, June 12th is City Blossoms’ Beetlejuice Black & White Ball! Their 6th annual Garden Fiesta, an important fundraiser that supports their year round programming.  Dress in Black and White and enjoy an outdoor bbq style party with live music and entertainment courtesy of Dupont Brass and Nubian Spin Hula Hoopers!  Yoga Hikes owner, Danielle M. Reyes, and instructor, Rachel Wimberley, will both be there enjoying the festivities!

Learn more!  Visit www.cityblossoms.org

FEATURED INSTRUCTOR: KRISTA MASON

kristaRW-400x600Krista was practically born with a love for hiking and the outdoors.  Camping, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing were all a regular and favorite parts of her childhood and naturally rolled into adulthood.  She has always found solace and rest in the quiet of the woods and her love for being in nature is fierce.  You will often find Krista, her boys and her dog wandering through Rock Creek after school on any given day of the week.  Krista discovered yoga eight years ago as a mother of two young children and a frequently deployed husband and is forever grateful for that discovery. She loves the beauty and joy found in and through yoga and the peace that continues on and spills over through life.  Through moves, job changes, and eventually moving away from military life the love for yoga stuck with her.  She teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa style Hatha class and will frequently be found telling her students to “listen to their own bodies.” Krista teaches a joy-filled class and always loves when her students leave a little more peaceful and relaxed then when they came in.  The opportunity to marry her love for yoga and her love for hiking and the outdoors is one that fills Krista with excitement.  On the weekends you may find Krista going on bike rides, hikes, or cross-country skiing with her husband and kids. Krista received her RYT-200 through Sky House Yoga and is so grateful for her teachers and all she has learned through them. Learn more about Krista and find her other classes at www.kristamasonyogafitness.com

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1 Yoga Hike, 5 Parks! – Yoga Hikes DC Starts Saturday in Rosslyn!

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Yoga Hikes is in Rosslyn, Virgina – May & July

Yoga Hikes DC is very excited to be invited by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District to come back to Rosslyn, VA, this time for two months – May and July!    Our urban Yoga Hike is unlike any other outdoor workout in Rosslyn.  You will go hiking through 5 different parks (Gateway, Highlands, Hillside, Dark Star, and Freedom Park) and stop in 3 of them for roughly 15 minutes of yoga (total of 45 minutes).  These urban hikes follow our signature Yoga Hikes format of 15 min. yoga/15 min. hiking intervals for 90 minutes through the parks and up the hills of Rosslyn, VA. MEETS AT: the street level offices of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) located at: 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, LL-10, Arlington, VA 22209 (next door to the side of Continental Pool Lounge facing Gateway Park).  Space is limited, please sign up early!

You can find these classes on our MindBodyOnline registration site. These classes are Special Events and not held the entire summer, but the cost is the same as our regular single hike drop in ($25) or 3 hike pass ($60).  All classes are available for registration now.  Sadly, our online registration system had some glitches last week, but they are now fixed!  If you do encounter ANY trouble registering whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately by email danielle@yogahikesdc.com or phone (202)670-6120.  We are eager to help you and look forward to leading you out on the trails this season!Roz3

What about DC?

Never fear nature lovers!  Our fan favorite Nature Yoga Hikes are also starting up in Rock Creek Park in May.  Join instructors Rachel Wimberley and Krista Mason for hikes up your favorite hills and along your favorite dirt trails through out May on Sundays.  This season we are mixing up locations to give you more variety on Sundays!  Yoga Hikes with Krista will begin at 9am at Peirce Mill every other Sunday.  Yoga Hikes with Rachel Wimberley will be at 10am in Woodley Park (through Dumbarton Oaks) on select Sundays.  Please be sure check the schedule for time, location, and instructor!

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Meet Yoga Hikes Instructor Sara Bannon

Sara Bannon Sara is a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and graduate of the prestigious Mimi Rieger Teacher Training Program.  A student of yoga for over a decade, Sara began accelerating her practice during (and while recovering from) a full term twin pregnancy.  Through this experience, Sara is equally comfortable working with advanced students and those new to their practice.

Sara’s yoga philosophy can be best described through one of her favorite quotes from BKS Iyengar. Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

When not training and teaching yoga, Sara is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Virginia and is dedicated to supporting the local nonprofit community.  Sara is a graduate of Ohio University and is the winner of the 2014 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Award, Rising Star.

We love having Sara on the Yoga Hikes team.  She is upbeat, compassionate, and fun!  A resident of VA, Sara will be leading most of our Yoga Hikes Virginia.

 

 

Private Group Hikes

Interested in scheduling a private group hike for your friends? Let us know what you would like to do and we can propose a Yoga Hike that will fit your group’s needs!  We’ve done Yoga Hikes for alumni groups, Junior League of Washington, housemates, Mother/Daughter groups, bridal parties, middle school classes, alumni groups…and many more!  Learn more on our webpage: Private Group Hikes or contact owner, Danielle M. Reyes for more information at danielle@yogahikesdc.com or phone (202)670-6120

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Take your Yoga Outdoors Before October 26th!

Yoga Hikes Season Ends Sunday, October 26th

 Fall is here! It’s almost October!  Time to enjoy the changing colors of the trees and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet as you hike a new trail.  But where do you go?  We’ll show you!  We’ve mapped out and led hundreds of people through some beautiful trails in #RockCreekPark and there’s still time for you to get out there.  Already been out in the spring or summer, trust us, it’s a whole new world in the fall.  If you thought the park was gorgeous earlier in the season, you’ll love it in the fall!  So take your yoga outdoors before the season comes to an end on Sunday, October 26th!
SIGN UP RIGHT NOW at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=38622

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More Reviews for Yoga Hikes DC on Yelp!Yelp Logo

We strive to make Yoga Hikes a fun social workout and a great outdoor yoga experience! Thanks to all of you who have given us feedback and shared your reviews on Yelp and on Facebook.  We are especially happy to note that Squeaky the Frog, our unofficial mascot, has made his own appearance on Yelp thanks to  Hannah J. who on  8/30/2014 wrote:

Don’t know Squeaky the Frog?  Join us on a Saturday Yoga Hike to see his tony little home in Dumbarton Oaks Park!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend!
I went on my second yoga hike today with Rachel, and while I already knew she was a wonderful teacher from practicing with her at Stroga, her energy, warmth, and humor are such a breath of fresh air on these yoga hikes.  She provides excellent tips for both the hiking and yoga portions, and always encourages everyone on the hike to ask questions and really treat it as an opportunity to get one-on-one attention throughout the practice and the hike.  She is also just so much fun!
I HIGHLY recommend yoga hikes for a great workout (the hiking moves at a brisk pace, and it really keeps you warmed up for the yoga portions) that is both social and beautiful–what better place to do tree pose than under a tree in Rock Creek?!
And, of course, shoutout to Squeaky the Frog, who really makes the trip.
Take advantage of the amazing resource that is Rock Creek Park, and go on a Yoga Hike!  It’s just the best way to start the day.

Thanks, Hannah!  We truly appreciate the review and look forward to seeing you on more Yoga Hikes this fall!  Haven’t written a review yet?  Click on the Yelp logo above and start your review now!  Want to give us direct feedback privately?  Email Yoga Hikes DC owner, Danielle M. Reyes at danielle@yogahikesdc.com

Getting To Yoga Hikes by Metro or Car

We currently have Yoga Hikes scheduled in two locations in Rock Creek Park.  You can get to BOTH locations by Metro or car, but here’s the inside scoop.  The Woodley Park/Rock Creek/Dumbarton Yoga Hike is only a 1/2 block from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro stop.  There is metered and zoned street parking in this area, but you will likely park 3-4 blocks away so give yourself ample time to find that precious spot.  On the other hand, the Peirce Mill/Rock Creek location has a FREE PARKING LOT and FREE STREET PARKING.  If you are coming by car, it’s only 1.5 miles up the road from our Woodley Park location, so enter in the GPS info below and come find us there on most Sundays!

GREAT if coming by METRO: Woodley Park/Rock Creek/Dumbarton… Nature Yoga Hikes starts across the street from Open City diner at the intersection of 24th and Calvert Street NW in Woodley Park. (one block south of Woodley Park Metro, meter and zone street parking). If walking, driving, or cycling: For GPS use: 2331 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008.

GREAT if coming by CAR: Peirce Mill/Rock Creek Nature Yoga Hikes starts in the field adjacent to the parking lot of Pierce Mill on Shoemaker Rd, off of Tilden in NW. (Free parking lot and ample free street parking. Pierce Mill is located off the intersection of Beach Dr, Park Rd, and Tilden Rd NW). For Metro, plan on a 20 minute walk from Van Ness Metro. If walking, driving, or cycling: For GPS use: 3910 Shoemaker St NW, Washington, DC 20008

If you come by car we can’t stress enough the importance of planning ahead.  Rock Creek Parkway/Beach Drive is subject to closures due to races and other special events throughout the season.  Be prepared and give yourself at least 15 minutes extra to park and locate us!

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Fall Hiking Season with Yoga Hikes

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fall hike 2013 sc dancerThe fall hiking season is here!  For those of you who have been waiting to enjoy outdoor yoga amid cooler temperatures and the changing leaves, your time has arrived!  We will continue with our weekend yoga hiking schedule through October at our two most popular locations in Rock Creek Park (Woodley Park entrance to Rock Creek across the street from Open City restaurant AND Peirce Mill location between Cleveland Park, Van Ness, and Mt. Pleasant at the intersection of Tilden Rd, Park Rd, and Beach Drive).  So grab your friends, fill that water bottle with cider and hit the trails with us!  (Kidding! Bring water on the hike and have the cider and donuts in your car for after!).

Best things about Yoga Hikes DC in the fall?Fall hike 2013 trees
1.  Breathing in and smelling the crisp fall air – love that autumn ujjayi!
2.  Autumnal eye candy makes for very pleasant drishti!
3. Layering up in your favorite outdoor workout apparel definitely inspires you to work harder 😉

Fall hike 2013 W2 fullSo come out an join us before your football games, apple-picking, youth soccer, and pumpkin carving.  We promise that starting your day with a Yoga Hike will help you start your day in the best possible way…and it doesn’t hurt that you will have fully earned that tailgating beer and slice of apple pie!

Please keep in mind that the end of the Yoga Hikes season is upon us! I know, it’s sad, we love you too!

2014 Yoga Hikes Season ends October 26th!

Multi-pass holders please be sure to use your remaining hikes.  We loved getting to know you this season and were so impressed by all of you who became yoga hike experts. We’ve seen your practice grow and it’s been awesome!  We hope to see you before the season ends!  If not, stay tuned for news about special winter activities and the opening of our 2015 season in the spring.  If you have requests for activities you would like us to lead during the late fall or winter months we are only an email away!  Contact danielle@yogahikesdc.com

Meet Yoga Hikes Instructor, Krista Mason

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Krista was practically born with a love for hiking and the outdoors.  Camping, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing were all a regular and favorite parts of her childhood and naturally rolled into adulthood.  She has always found solace and rest in the quiet of the woods and her love for being in nature is fierce.  You will often find Krista, her boys and her dog wandering through Rock Creek after school on any given day of the week.  Krista discovered yoga eight years ago as a mother of two young children and a frequently deployed husband and is forever grateful for that discovery. She loves the beauty and joy found in and through yoga and the peace that continues on and spills over through life.  Through moves, job changes, and eventually moving away from military life the love for yoga stuck with her.  She teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa style Hatha class and will frequently be found telling her students to “listen to their own bodies.” Krista teaches a joy-filled class and always loves when her students leave a little more peaceful and relaxed then when they came in.  The opportunity to marry her love for yoga and her love for hiking and the outdoors is one that fills Krista with excitement.  On the weekends you may find Krista going on bike rides, hikes, or cross-country skiing with her husband and kids. Krista received her RYT-200 through Sky House Yoga and is so grateful for her teachers and all she has learned through them.

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100% All Natural Hot Yoga…Hikes

The BeachSummer is in full swing!

Yep!  We’ve got 100% all natural hot yoga every weekend for you.   But since some of you may find the heat daunting, we want to offer a few points to consider.

  • Its cooler in the woods and we practice in the shade.
  • Heat helps you get limber and is great for yoga breakthroughs!
  • It’s not as hot outside as it is in a hot yoga studio (usually 105 degrees!)
  • The summer breeze means no stagnant stuffy air.
  • Nothing like a good sweat to detox the body!
  • We’ll take you to “the beach.”  (Peirce Mill Hike)
  • Some hikes end at an awesome cool water pump! (Peirce Mill Hike)

Bottom line, outdoor hot yoga is high quality good stuff.  Give it a try!  For the rest of July and August we will have at least 2 Yoga Hikes a week.  Sign up online and join us!

Thank You Rosslyn, VA!

We had a fantastic experience offering Yoga Hikes in Rosslyn for the month of June and we plan to be back!  Though these were Urban Yoga Hikes we hiked up good hills and through FIVE parks including Gateway Park, Highlands Park, Hillside Park, Dark Star Park, and Freedom Park!  What really made it great though were all of the hikers who came out for their first Yoga Hike.  Your tweets, posts, and feedback were fantastic.  Thank you!!

Stay tuned via our Facebook page and website for upcoming dates in Rosslyn before the 2014 season ends!  For more photos of our June Yoga Hikes in Rosslyn taken by owner and lead yoga hiker, Danielle M. Reyes, visit our Facebook Page.

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Yoga Hikes VA, Pizza Brunch, Modern Luxury, & More!

BW_PizzaBrunch_Arling_400x400pxYoga Hikes + Piolas Pizza Brunch Discount =  A Perfect Saturday Morning!

Yoga Hikes, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, and Piolas have partnered to make Saturday mornings in Rosslyn even better!  Sign up and attend a Yoga Hike in Rosslyn during the month of June get $3 off Piolas amazing “all you can eat” pizza brunch!  Don’t know about this fantastic brunch experience?RosslynInspire  Check out the rave reviews and then grab your friends, roommates, and loved ones and sign up for a Yoga Hike followed by brunch reservations at Piolas!  How does it work?  Your Yoga Hikes instructor will give you a special discount card good for Saturdays in June and  you make your reservations for brunch directly through PiolasPiolas Pizza Brunch is Every Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Dine-in only.  This offer is good only for Piolas in Arlington!

Yoga Hikes in VA for JUNE!

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) to bring Yoga Hikes to VA in the month of June!!  Thanks to the staff at the Rosslyn BID, we will be leading 4 fun Yoga Hikes in Rosslyn, following our signature format (of approximately 15 minutes of yoga/15 minutes of hiking intervals for a total of 90 minutes).  These Urban/Nature Yoga Hikes will take you up hills and through Rosslyn with Yoga Stops at 3 different green spaces.  Please note this is an ACTIVE paced workout designed to give you the cardio benefits of hiking and the strengthening and stretching benefits of yoga. All levels of yoga are welcome.

ROSSLYN YOGA HIKE DATES:Rosslyn BID

Saturday, June 14th, 10-11:30am
Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30-8pm 
Saturday, June 21st, 10-11:30am
Wednesday, June 25th, 6:30-8pm

Why are we already in love with these hikes?  In addition to beautiful flat green spaces and some great hills, these Yoga Hikes start at a location that is Metro accessible, offers free parking, and has public restrooms!  So come out and meet us at the Rosslyn BID located at: 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, LL-10, Arlington, VA (next door to Continental Pool Lounge and facing Gateway Park).  Keep in mind that space is limited. These hikes will fill up!  Please sign up through the Yoga Hikes DC website to participate.  The single hike rate is $25 or buy the 4 hike package for $80 (a 20% discount!).  For more information visit http://www.rosslynva.org/events or sign up directly through the Yoga Hikes DC schedule.

Hike A Pose – Yoga Hikes In DC Modern Luxury Magazine

DC Modern Luxury Magazine

Check out the feature on Yoga Hikes DC founder, Danielle M. Reyes, in the June edition of DC Modern Luxury Magazine.  Pick up a copy around town or visit their website!  Hike A Pose DCModLux

Where was this photo taken? If you’ve gone on our Rock Creek Park Yoga Hike that starts in Woodley Park then you probably recognize it!  We have stopped on this log bridge in Dumbarton Oaks Park and taken many class photos at this very spot!  Last month a student noted, “Getting to pass real waterfalls is way better than indoor water features! ”  We agree!

 

 

What We Care About…Service, Fitness, and the Outdoors!

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Do you know about City Blossoms?  A 2013 Flow for a Cause beneficiary, City Blossoms is a wonderfully fun nonprofit that works with DC youth on cultivating gardens and green spaces.  They are a great place to volunteer, promote, and support, especially during the growing season.  Want to learn more?  Check out their annual Garden Fiesta this year to be held at the Carlos Rosario International Career Center at 1100 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009.  Sign up now!

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Yoga Hikes comes to VA + Meet our new instructors!

New Season, New Partners, New Instructors!May 2014 Yoga Hike RCP

What an awesome start to the 2014 season!  Thanks to everyone who has come out in May, your enthusiasm and energy really make Yoga Hikes what it is.  Haven’t yet joined us? Sign up for this weekend!  From new partnerships, to new parks and trail routes, to new instructors, there’s a lot to share. So here’s what’s new with Yoga Hikes now…

Yoga Hikes VA in June!

Many of you have asked for Yoga Hikes in Virginia, so we are thrilled to be partnering with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) to bring Yoga Hikes to VA in the month of June!!  Thanks to the staff at the Rosslyn BID, we will be leading 4 fun Yoga Hikes in Rosslyn, following our signature format (of approximately 15 minutes of yoga/15 minutes of hiking intervals for a total of 90 minutes).  These Urban/Nature Yoga Hikes will take you up hills and through Rosslyn with Yoga Stops at 3 different green spaces.  Please note this is an ACTIVE paced workout designed to give you the cardio benefits of hiking and the strengthening and stretching benefits of yoga. All levels of yoga are welcome.

ROSSLYN YOGA HIKE DATES:Rosslyn BID

Saturday, June 7th, 10-11:30am
Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30-8pm 
Saturday, June 21st, 10-11:30am
Wednesday, June 25th, 6:30-8pm

Why are we already in love with these hikes?  In addition to beautiful flat green spaces and some great hills, these Yoga Hikes start at a location that is Metro accessible, offers free parking, and has public restrooms!  So come out and meet us at the Rosslyn BID located at: 1911 North Fort Myer Drive, LL-10, Arlington, VA (next door to Continental Pool Lounge and facing Gateway Park).  Keep in mind that space is limited. These hikes will fill up!  Please sign up through the Yoga Hikes DC website to participate.  The single hike rate is $25 or buy the 4 hike package for $80 (a 20% discount!).  For more information visit http://www.rosslynva.org/events or sign up directly through the Yoga Hikes DC schedule.

Meet Yoga Instructors Rachel Wimberley and Sara Bannon

Yoga Hikes is excited to have two wonderful new RYT 200 yoga instructors join the team for the 2014 season.  Many of you have already seen Rachel Wimberley and Sara Bannon on Yoga Hikes as participants and assistants.  Yoga Hikes is very fortunate to now have them share their passion for yoga and the outdoors as instructors.  Both women are avid yogis, hiking enthusiasts and have participated in numerous outdoor fitness activities with owner Danielle M. Reyes, including yoga, hiking, running, and stand up paddle boarding!

Rachel WimberleyRachel Wimberley was first attracted to yoga after a significant weight loss in her twenties. After changing her diet and lifestyle she was ready to find a way to help tone and refine her physical body while also bringing calmness and clarity to her busy mind. Over the past few years she found that both mind and body have been transformed by her yoga practice. She is a graduate of STROGA’s Yoga Teacher Training program. Sara Bannon

Sara Bannon is a graduate of the prestigious Mimi Rieger Teacher Training Program.  A student of yoga for over a decade, Sara began accelerating her practice during (and while recovering from) a full term twin pregnancy.  Through this experience, Sara is equally comfortable working with advanced students and those new to their practice. 

To learn more about Rachel and Sara, please see their full bios on our Instructors page.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON A FUTURE YOGA HIKE!

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5 Reasons to try Yoga Hikes DC!

It’s time for the Friday Five and I couldn’t be more excited to contribute to this week’s Friday Five Link Up!  But who could possibly need 5 reasons to try yoga and hiking together?  It’s YOGA and HIKING!  These are possibly two of your favorite activities combined to form one perfect workout – yum!  It’s like chocolate and peanut butter!  You love both and they are even better together.  Imagine the stretching and strengthening of yoga and the cardio of hiking combined for 90 minutes of blissful outdoor activity!  Need I say more?  Okay…Yoga HIkes for all!

1.  This winter was brutal!  More importantly, spring is here!  You have been itching to get outdoors, take in the fresh air, and move your body.  Yoga Hikes is a great and safe way to do just that while enjoying the fabulous trails of Rock Creek Park.

2.  Root down and reach up for real!  How many times have you heard a yoga instructor say, “Root down into the ground…reach up to the sky!” Only the “ground” was a hardwood floor and the “sky” was a studio ceiling?  Not during a Yoga Hike!  You’ll root down into the real dirt-based earth beneath your feet and reach up to the infinite canopy of the sky.  It is truly energizing!

3.  You love trying new things!  Variety is the spice of life and this is not a 60 minute power yoga class or yoga in the park (though I like those too!).  The Yoga Hikes format consists of intervals of 15 minutes of vinyasa based yoga and 15 minutes of hiking repeated for 90 minutes (it works out to roughly 45 minutes of yoga and 45 minutes of hiking).  We break for YogaStops in three distinct locations, mixing up the scenery so you can take in a great new view.

4.  5 shining stars!   Nearly 500 people went out on a Yoga Hike last season and I couldn’t be more grateful for their reviews on Yelp, comments on Facebook, and awesome blog posts!   Having a great rating is nice, but reading positive reviews from actual clients is the best!  I admit that I’m biased, so please visit these sites or our website to read more from others!

5.  It’s just fun!  You will quiet your mind, but this is not silent yoga.  Yoga Hikes is a social, outdoor, small group workout.  Bring a friend or make new friends on the hike.  We keep our groups under 15 people so that you can get as much attention and instruction as you would like.  And the socializing doesn’t have to end after the hike. Yoga Hikes are currently offered Saturday and Sunday mornings in Rock Creek Park and end just in time for brunch…detox retox, anyone?

Convinced?  I hope so!  The truth is I could offer dozens of reasons to try Yoga Hikes DC this season and hope you’ll give us the opportunity to show you why we think it’s time  to take your yoga outdoors.  If you’ve never tried yoga, I assure you that we are beginner friendly and you will catch on in no time.  For those of you who don’t like bugs, I’ve always got insect repellant in my backpack!

Danielle M. Reyes (RYT 200) is the owner and lead yoga hiker of Yoga Hikes DC.  Contact her at danielle@yogahikesdc.com or follow her at @danielle_reyes and @YogaHikes

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