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Four Years of Yoga Hikes!

20131020_111101_resizedLAST YOGA HIKE – SATURDAY, OCT. 15th 10am in RCP

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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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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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!
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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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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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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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Your Cleanse Consultant Raves: Yoga Hikes DC!

Puree Juice Bar Blog by Cleanse Specialist & Yoga Instructor, Fern Langham

Seek adventures? Need a creative, original date idea? Looking for a healthy outing with a group of your best friends? Your cleanse consultant highly suggests: Cleanse your body, mind and soul by taking your yoga practice out in nature and pair it with a brisk, challenging hike. It’s the perfect unique date for couples, friends, and you and your nature-seeking self. If you live in or are planning a visit to the DC-metro area, Danielle Reyes is YOUR outdoor yoga concierge. Her start-up, Yoga Hikes DC, was created to provide you with a unique experience in secret nature gems tucked away in the heart of the Nation’s Capitol. Last month, I joined Danielle and a few other adventure-curious yogis including Pam Nixon, founder of Teachasana and Laurel Horody, founder of Living Yoga with Laurel for a challenging, scenic hike around the Capitol District as a finale for our weekend at the Yoga Alliance Business of Yoga Conference. The energetic group of yogis combined with Danielle’s organization, creativity, and safety-oriented mindset blew me away. If you are looking for a challenging workout, Danielle is your fearless leader. She’s keen on details, and she’s right on the ball! Highly, highly recommend!
Photo: Danielle Reyes, Yoga Hikes DC
Photo: Yoga Hikes DCWhat to expect:
The yoga hike is broken down into intervals – 20 minutes of hiking, 20 mins of yoga in each destination, 20 minutes of hiking to the next destination, and so on. You will sweat in during the hiking portion! Danielle keeps the pace moving quickly and stragglers are enticed to stay with the pack as she talks about the historical landmarks along the way. Her knowledge of DC sights and history of the parks is incredible and she keeps the facts light and fun along the way.
Photo: Yoga Hikes DCThere are three yoga portions, each 20 minutes in length. The first comprises of sun salutations, the second tests your balance and builds strength through standing sequences, and the third allows you to finally relax in seated forward folds and a meditation practice.image

Throughout class, Danielle sprinkles in alignment cues and safety pointers to help both beginners and advanced yogis get the most out of the outdoor yoga experience. As an advanced yogi, I noticed immediately that yoga in sneakers is a lot harder than barefoot, especially on uneven footing. Jumping back to chaturanga dandasana while keeping correct form was near impossible, and unsafe, given the twigs and bramble obstructing a clear path. Danielle made sure to emphasize modifications so everyone could enjoy the practice safely. Between the hike and yoga intervals, my legs and core felt pretty rock solid and well-worked. I slept well that night!

Key highlights: Danielle keeps a stocked backpack with all the essentials you may not even expect to find, such as:
Yoga squares for everyone (keep your bum clean thanks to these cropped sections of yoga mats)
Bug spray (clearly, bugs won’t cramp your style)
Sunscreen (just in case you forgot)
First aid kit (in case you aren’t paying attention and take an unfortunate stumble) Energy bar (did you forget to eat today?)

Our trusty guide frequently reminded the group to always be aware of the earth underneath us, whether we are balancing on twos, fours or seated. Unlevel ground enticed to stay present during the entire yoga hike. There are many more external sights and sounds than we would experience in a yoga studio. This served as a constant reminder to stay focused on our breath, our connection to the earth and our alignment in each yoga pose.


Photo: Yoga Hikes DC
Tips: Wear comfortable closed toe shoes for hiking. Pebbles may be frequent in your path, so open-toe Tevas may not be your best bet.
Wear long yoga pants that go past your knees. You may accidentally perfect your chaturanga dandasana today because you don’t want your knees to get dirty.
Stay present, at all times! In uttanasana, pour weight evenly into feet but know your limits and be careful not to shift too far forward, you don’t want to topple over (it’s been done!)


Photo: Yoga Hikes DCTo learn more and sign up, head on over to Yoga Hikes DC and stay up to date on the latest happenings on Facebook.For more healthy yoga and wellness inspiration from your cleanse consultant, sign up for the free weekly Sunday Salutations newsletter from Yoga with Fern.

ABOUT
portraitPuree Juice Bar Blog by Cleanse Specialist & Yoga Instructor, Fern LanghamAs an educator of Wellness & Ayurvedic Nutrition, registered Yoga Teacher & crusader for whole-body nourishment, Fern’s intention is to give you the tools you need to look and feel your best. She has worked extensively with a team of yoga instructors, nutritionists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and integrative doctors, each who has provided her with knowledge that has revolutionized her lifestyle. After years of struggling with undiagnosed food allergies, digestive issues, an autoimmune thyroid condition, and nutrition deficiencies, she is finally glowing. Her passion is to help you find your glow, too.Learn more about Yoga with Fern.

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The Business of Yoga!

Always More to Learn and Room to Grow

Yoga Hikes was honored to be part of the 2013 Yoga Alliance Business of Yoga Conference held at the Capital Hilton August 8-10th.  The conference covered a broad range of  business considerations for those involved in the yoga industry.  It was incredibly well organized, highly informative, and had an extremely impressive roster of presenters from Tom Gardner of The Motley Fool to Julia Kadarusman of Wanderlust Festival.  Most importantly it was inspiring!

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For more on the conference, check out the Twitter hashtag #yogabiz.

As a yoga teacher and small business owner there is always more to learn and room for growth.  A conference like this gives you new ideas from how to organize workshops, practical guidance on important legal and insurance considerations, as well as strategies for turning your dreams into reality.  As the owner of Yoga Hikes LLC, I was pleased to be a member of the host committee, moderate a roundtable session on teaching yoga outdoors, and lead a sold out Urban Yoga Hike as the conferences final activity!

Yoga Alliance Urban Yoga Hike

One of the highlights of the conference was definitely taking the women below out on their first Urban Yoga Hike.  Yoga Hike participants ranged from studio owners to newly certified instructors who had come to the conference from as close by as Maryland and as far away as Canada!

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To see photos of the Yoga Alliance Urban Yoga Hike visit our Facebook page!

We started our hike out at the Capital Hilton and continued up to our first YogaStop at the statue of Samuel Hahnneman, not known for splits, but for being the founder of homeopathic medicine!  We proceeded north to our next YogaStop at the Freemason’s Temple on 16th Street where we got into a great flow between the sphinxes, Wisdom and Power.  Finally, we hiked up to Meridian Hill Park where we conquered a major hill of steps to be treated by a great view of the city.  We completed our last YogaStop at the bottom of the Meridian Hill fountain with a family of ducks as our audience, before heading back to the hotel. As far as awesome energy goes, it doesn’t get much better than this group!  Special thanks to all of them for making that hike so much fun!

New Relationship with Ahnu Footwear

The conference was also a great place to meet vendors who specialize in products for Yogis.  In particular, I was thrilled to connect with Amy Tindal of Ahnu Footwear – a company that makes both hiking AND yoga footwear – what a match for Yoga Hikes!   I’m happy to be a new Ahnu Yoga Ambassador, which is a great program for instructors to sign up for.  I’m also extremely grateful to have Ahnu Footwear for supplying me with a pair of their new Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Shoe!

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Yoga Hikes’ Plan to Beat the Heat!

photo by Taldi WalterFor many, summer is about spending as much time outdoors as possible. We relish the long days, let loose our inner child, and enjoy outdoor activities with friends. Yoga Hikes is a great way to embrace all of these things and celebrate this playful season. There’s just one thing…the heat!

When the summer heat is at it’s most intense and an excessive heat warning or air quality advisory has been issued, Yoga Hikes takes it very seriously. Hazardous weather can have extreme consequences on our bodies, which are just not designed for intense activities in temperatures above 90 degrees. In such conditions, over exerting ourselves can result in heat related illness, exhaustion, and stroke. For this reason, Yoga Hikes will be cancelled during heat waves or days of excessive heat. Since the weather has become increasingly unpredictable, as of July 22, 2013 we’ve decided to modify our cancellation policy. For the rest of the summer, if you register for a hike that is cancelled due to extreme weather, we are happy to offer you the option for a refund or a full credit to your account for use towards a future yoga hike.

We are also going to offer a reduced and modified schedule that will take advantage of the cooler early morning and late evening temperatures.  Please see the current Yoga Hikes Schedule for updated times and check back in August for new 2 hour hikes to be added soon!

Don’t forget, it’s cooler under the trees and all of our Yoga Stops always happen in the shade! So grab a friend, wear loose fitting clothes, bring plenty of water, and prepare for a great workout on your next Yoga Hike!

photo by Taldi Walter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Love What People are Saying about Yoga Hikes on Yelp!

Yelp LogoWe want Yoga Hikes to be the best experience it can be, so we take your reviews and feedback to heart!  After only 4 weeks in operation we are thrilled that participants have jumped right onto Yelp to share their positive experiences.  Not only is there a great diversity of voices and experiences expressed in these reviews, we’ve heard from 20-somethings to 40 somethings, and representatives from Maryland, DC, and Virginia!   Better yet, of the 7 reviews posted thus far we’ve maintained a 5 out of 5 stars rating!  Thank you!!

Haven’t seen the reviews?  Here’s a sneak peek!

Zack M. thinks – This is going to be the new thing in DC. It’s a good workout, takes place outside, and you get to be social during the hike. We went on the Pierce Mill  route, an hour and a half of hills and beautiful scenery. Danielle, the owner/instructor, is incredibly knowledgeable both about the area (ask her for suggestions on other hiking trails) and yoga. We stopped along the creek, at the top of a hill in a blooming field, and next to the Boulder Bridge for yoga breaks. This is a perfect way to start a weekend and especially great to do with friends or as a couple.

Melody F. writes – I went on my first yoga hike two week ago and I absolutely loved it. I took an Urban Yoga hike which started at Dupont Circle. I’m a plus sized fitness enthusiast and at first I thought it would be awkward to preform yoga in the middle of DC. However, the instructor Danielle was great about reminding us to move with breath, focus on shutting out the outside world, and focus on the pose. I’ve taken a few yoga classes but am still a beginner and I found the 15 minute yoga sessions challenging but do-able.  Once again, Danielle was very good at urging us to try our best, and find the fullest expression of each pose…I had a really fun and positive experience and I will definitely go on another yoga hike again soon.

According to new intern in town, Shannon S. – Just did my first yoga hike (Woodley/Dumbarton Oaks) and really loved it!  I will definitely come back to explore different parks and areas of dc.  I’m an avid hiker, but a yoga beginner and loved the combination of the two activities.  The hiking portions were pretty fast paced, and kept your heartrate up whereas the yoga helped you to relax.  Danielle was great, and very knowledgeable about the areas and yoga.  While hiking, we were all able to socialize and learned a little about the areas we were hiking through as well.  A yoga hike is definitely a great way to start your weekend!FULLLOGO-1

Park enthusiast Cara S. shares – Just did my first ever yoga hike with Danielle…and it will not be my last!  I did the 90 minute Nature Yoga Hike in Rock Creek Park and enjoyed every minute.  Danielle is a great yoga instructor and I was surprised at how much yoga I could actually practice without a mat in the great outdoors.  She’s also a good motivator to keep those legs moving up and down the hills and provides technique advice throughout the 90 minutes.  The hike took me through parts of Rock Creek I had never explored, and I’m certainly going to go back with my pup who will love exploring those trails.  I admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of exercise I got in the 90 minutes…she keeps you moving!

First time yogi Clayton L keeping it simple says – My first yoga class ever –Awesome!!!

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