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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!)


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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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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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