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Fall Hiking Season with Yoga Hikes

Fall hike 2013 revw groupFall Yoga Hiking Season

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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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

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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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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.


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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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Yoga + Hiking = Awesomeness

A blog post by Mar on the Run

Thank you to blogger Mar on the Run for sharing her yoga hike experience in this fantastic post!  Please check out her blog for more!

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About a week ago a photo popped up in my Facebook news feed.  It was of Danielle Reyes, the owner and operator of Yoga Hikes DC and she was enjoying an off day hiking.  Seeing the name “Yoga Hikes DC” I was intrigued about this combo so I clicked on the Facebook page to learn a little more.  What I read interested me enough to sign up for a class this past weekend.  logo

As a runner I truly believe that in order to be more effective at it and reduce susceptibility to injury, you need to engage in other fitness activities.  I complement my running with strength training, cross training and on occasion – yoga.  Admittedly, yoga is one of those activities that I enjoy once I manage to actually get to a class.  My problem is I like to sweat and move and sometimes the slow meditative state of the practice doesn’t interest or motivate me enough to get to a class consistently, no matter how good for me I know it is.

In comes Yoga Hikes DC which offers 90 minute sessions of moderate hiking interspersed with Yoga practice, generally alternating between the two every 15 minutes.  Yoga and hiking in the same sentence?  That line alone had me very excited!!

A small group of us met up with Danielle at noon on Saturday at the entrance of Rock Creek Park near Calvert Street/Woodley Park.  Our route took us through the trails of Rock Creek Park along the water, out and back to Dumbarton Oaks Park, up a hill towards Montrose Park and a final descent and hill climb to where we started.  Even after being in DC for many years I have not ventured into these trails enough.  It is simply gorgeous back there!  creek_bridgeWe started at the opening of the park for a nice warm up, breathing exercises and some downward and upward dog practice.  Don’t worry about carrying a mat (or even bug spray, which you’ll need!), Danielle’s got it all in her backpack.  We were encouraged to simply enjoy and take in the nature and sounds around us.  Be forewarned though, if you are not into the elements or swatting away bugs this may not be for you!  It is truly a ‘nature’ hike!

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Time seemed to move really quickly during our session as we moved between yoga practice and hiking.  When we were in the hiking part of the session we were instructed to walk briskly and swing our arms to push through the terrain.  We stopped along the water to unleash our inner warrior with a sequence of poses along with upward and downward dog, planks and stretches (followed by a little hand dip in the water!) climbed a hill (or two) and practiced “Tree Top” by what else? a big tree.

 

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Danielle has the routes carefully mapped out and timed and I cannot think of a better way to get the best of both worlds in fitness and enjoy the outdoors.  She talked about adding different types of hiking/yoga adventures to the fold in the future but this is great for all fitness levels.  I truly enjoyed this class and am loving the concept.  I will definitely be back again!!  You can view more pictures of our Saturday adventure here on the Yoga Hikes DC Facebook page – and give it a “like” while you’re at it!

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The Biggest Studio in D.C. by Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post Express

Curious about Yoga Hikes?  We absolutely love this article by The Washington Post’s Vicky Hallett!  Read below or check out the online article to read more of Vicky Hallett’s pieces on fitness in the DC area http://www.readexpress.com/2013/09/the-biggest-studio-in-d-c/

The Biggest Studio in D.C.

Yoga Hikes move off the mat and explore parks across the city

By Posted on September 10, 2013

Photo Credit: Taldi Walter; Mark Squire

– See more at: http://www.readexpress.com/2013/09/the-biggest-studio-in-d-c/#sthash.zI7QDMfT.dpuf

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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!

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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!!!

For more reviews on Yelp please visit our page at http://www.yelp.com/biz/yoga-hikes-washington

 

 

 

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