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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos 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!!!

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

 

 

 

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