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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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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 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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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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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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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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Yoga Hikes DC featured in Washingtonian’s “4 Unusual Fitness-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day”

We couldn’t be more excited about being mentioned in Washingtonian online!  Special thanks to Well + Being reporter, Melissa Romero, who joined us, not as an observer, but as a full on participant for the Rock Creek Park/Dumbarton Oaks Park/Montrose park Nature Yoga Hike.  We’ve included the excerpt on Yoga Hikes DC below, but for the full article, click on the image or visit http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/wellbeing/fitness/4-unusual-fitness-friendly-ways-to-celebrate-memorial-day.php



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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.

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The Yoga Hikes Season has Begun!

Thank You for Making our Launch Awesome!YogiHiker bridge stretch

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 danielle@yogahikesdc.com 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.

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