4 Unusual Fitness-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day
Practice yoga in the woods of DC or try standup paddleboarding for free on the Eastern Shore.
There are lots of fitness-friendly ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Washington, from standup paddleboarding to yoga and hiking in Rock Creek Park. Photograph via Shutterstock.
Published May 24, 2013 [EXCERPT]
Each year on Memorial Day, through barbecues and picnics with family and friends, we remember those who lost their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces. But before lighting up the grill, why not celebrate by working out with a US Marine or going standup paddleboarding in Annapolis, home to the US Naval Academy? Check out these four unusual fitness-friendly ways to celebrate this weekend.
Yoga and Hiking in DC Saturday at 9 and 11:30 AM
The new program Yoga Hikes DC is led by Danielle Reyes, who takes a small group of yogis and hikers on 90-minute jaunts through Rock Creek Park and Dumbarton Oaks. Appreciate the woods during a brisk 45-minute hike with three 15-minute yoga breaks mixed in. Register at yogahikesdc.com.
Thank You for Making our Launch Awesome!
If you’ve been wondering why you hadn’t heard about Yoga Hikes before, it’s because we are new! Yoga Hikes DC launched in May 2013 and is off to a great start thanks to people like you! It’s only May and we’ve had some fantastic Urban and Nature Yoga Hikes and have already made it through days of steady drizzle and days of heat and humidity. Conditions won’t always be ideal, but that has not stopped you from showing up and giving 100%. Those of you who have participated in our inaugural Yoga Hikes have been amazing! We can’t thank you enough for your energy, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure. It proves what we already knew to be true about this region…it is comprised of amazing people who love to be out and about and are always up for new activities. So first things first, THANK YOU!
Email Us Your Feedback
Nothing is more rewarding than having a student return for more! So it was thrilling to have that happen multiple times after only one week of Yoga Hikes! We hope to keep providing you with a quality yoga and hiking workout and are committed to making your experience as positive as it can be. To do this, we rely on your feedback and encourage you to contact us directly. We are new and know that there is always room for every business to grow and improve. Please always feel free to follow up with an email or call to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions whether it is about the Yoga Hike you went on, the registration process, or the hike selection! Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Danielle at (202) 670-6120. You can be among the first (gulp!) to write a review on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/yoga-hikes-washington#query:yoga%20hikes
Last Call for Special Spring Promotion (ends 5/31/13)
Our “We Love Spring” promotion will come to an end at the end of the month! Use promo code: FFSPRING for 20% off of our Drop In rate or really take advantage and use it on our already discounted 3 and 5 Hikes Pass.
Do I need to bring a mat? Can I participate if I’m new to yoga? How far do we hike?
All good questions and we appreciate you asking!
The most commonly asked question to date has definitely been, “Do I need to bring a mat?” Great news! You do NOT need to bring a yoga mat with you! During a Yoga Hike we want you to have an active cardio experience, so your arms and legs need to be free to move unencumbered. Also, if you’ve practiced yoga outside you know that a mat is not always that helpful and sometimes messy. What is helpful are our handy mat squares, which provide a good barrier between your bottom and the ground. Your instructor will have mat squares for everyone to use at the final YogaStop. That said, the choice to take a seated or full savasana on the ground is up to the comfort level of each individual participant.
Another popular question has been about the level of the yoga. Yoga Hikes is an open level vinyasa flow yoga format. Open level yoga means that our yoga practice is accessible to beginners and more advanced yoga practitioners. Is it helpful to have some prior exposure to yoga? Sure! But if you are new to yoga, a Yoga Hike is a great way to learn. At the same time, more experienced yogis will be invited to take more advanced versions of poses during the flow and are encouraged to make the practice their own.
Finally, (at least for this post) are the questions about the duration and intensity of the hiking. You can currently sign up for 90 minutes Yoga Hikes and coming soon, 2 hour Yoga Hikes. During a 90 minute hike you will likely get in about 45 minutes of hiking in 3 fifteen minute intervals (though this varies depending on the route and location of our Yoga Stops). As for intensity, this is an outdoor fitness workout. The hiking is our cardio work, so we keep a comfortable, but steady hiking pace. Keeping pace with the group is important in order to maintain the workout and get to all of our YogaStops in time!
From time to time we will offer a more restorative Yoga Hike with a leisurely pace and restorative postures. If you like the idea of going on a Yoga Hike, but would prefer a more leisurely pace, consider organizing a private hike. Private Yoga Hikes can be tailored to meet the needs and interest of the group. For more information on private hikes or other questions about the Yoga Hikes, please email email@example.com or tweet @YogaHikes
When you go on a Yoga Hike, there are several things we want to be sure you experience.
- a great yoga flow
- a good dose of heart pumping cardio, and
- a really good time outdoors
For these things to occur, its important that the trails we select offer the perfect mix of inclines and interest! Urban Yoga Hikes are roughly 90 minutes and we want to maximize that time and get you moving through the city. We start with 15 minutes of yoga at our first “Yoga Stop” and then hike for approximately 15 minutes to get to our next Yoga Stop and repeat this rotation.
The first priority is to find Yoga Stops that are both special and functional places. On a Nature Hike you can expect to stop in open fields, along the river, or clearings in the woods. Urban Hikes have more variables! On Urban Hikes we’ll bring you to public green spaces that offer natural beauty and ample space for participants to stretch out and move. Of course, practicing yoga in the city means hearing and seeing kids playing, dogs barking, and cars driving by…but you’ll also enjoy the sky above and the dirt and grass beneath your feet. Combined, it’s all great energy for your practice!
Secondly, we want you to see something new on every hike. We opt for side streets that are quiet and charming and pull us away from the traffic of downtown. If we can take you down a street with great architecture, historic homes, or public art that you’ve never noticed before, all the better!
With all of this in mind, we’re very excited about our Dupont/Kalorama Urban Yoga Hike. On this hike you’ll climb the Spanish Steps, pass the home of the French Ambassador, and possibly flow to the sounds of a pick up basketball on the court at Kalorama Park. In fact, we’re so pleased with this trail, we thought we’d give you a sneak peak!
Starting in mid-May 2013, you can sign up to join us for this Dupont/Kalorama Urban Hike (90 minutes) on select weeknights . You can also pull together your own group and schedule a privately guided hike with us. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 670-6120
See you on a Yoga Hike!