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Has your life become so busy you feel overwhelmed all the time? Are you looking for a challenge? Feeling disconnected? Do you want to feel alive? Are you hesitating to explore the backcountry trails in our local parks alone? Are you ready to feel apart of? So, what’s stopping you? Take a Hike n’ Yoga.
The expression ‘take a hike’ is a common way of saying ‘get out of here’ and that’s exactly what I’m suggesting with our Hike n’ Yoga adventure series. As your guides, Shannon Brundrett (Yoga Instructor) and I are enthusiastic to announce that the fusion of hiking and yoga will be offered as a monthly event well into the autumn of this year and beyond.
I’ve always been an avid outdoorsman both playing and working in nature. I started practicing yoga two years ago looking to expand my consciousness, slow down, and increase my flexibility. Check, check, and check. That said, I’m still expanding, calming and bending; however, now it’s happening on the mat outside. Co-leading this series allows me to make connections between you and nature through self discovery and recreation allowing your spirit to soar. In fact this is my purpose and how I live my life each day. Living purposefully, attracted the right people at the right time in my life. Being drawn to yoga where Shannon was teaching was a catalyst for our collaboration.
Hike n’ Yoga combines the calm mind and flowing body of yoga with breathtaking mountains and inspiring landscapes. Imagine integrating the cardio of hiking, the cleansing power of nature and working with the breath all in one fluid Saturday morning experience.
As our personal and mobile Yoga Instructor Shannon offers her perspective of the rewarding parallels between hiking and yoga:
‘I am passionate about yoga and playing outside. Being active outdoors and being on my mat evoke the same feeling—one of connection. Being outdoors gets us connected to the root of our being, our inner self. That same connection is found on our mats as we move our bodies through a yoga class. When we can connect inwards to our self, whether it be through yoga, the outdoors (or both) we get clear. This clarity opens up a pathway for possibilities, your highest and greatest potential.’
The possibilities for our Hike n’ Yoga enthusiasts thus far have been very diverse. What are people saying who have experienced this adventure? I asked them and this is what they said:
I came to Hike n’ Yoga today because…
It was a unique way to spend time with my friend.
I wanted to reconnect with nature.
I wanted to try something new.
I do a lot of yoga, this just enhances my practice.
I hike a lot, but I wanted to try yoga.
I always wanted to hike this trail but I didn’t feel safe doing it alone.
I needed to relax.
I needed to take a breath.
I was ready for a new challenge and a sense of accomplishment.
I wanted to feel energized.
Out here I don’t have to think about my chores and to dos.
I want to feel less anxious and lighter.
By lunchtime I’ve done so many great things for my body.
I wanted to slow down from the feeling of go go go.
I deserve time for myself.
Shannon and I are excited to open the door for you to discover any or all of the possibilities our Hike n’ Yoga series may offer you. Get out of here. Take a Hike n’ Yoga!
Upcoming Hike n’ Yoga Series
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 6
Jordan Birch, CPC, BSc.Life Coach
Jordan is a Certified Professional Life Coach living and working in greater Vancouver. His passions drive him to empower you to eliminate self-destructive and limiting behaviors so you can breakthrough insanity—doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. In his private practice ‘Get Out Of Doors Life Coaching’ he fuses transformational Life Coaching and a partnership with nature as a metaphor and medium for change.
Deeper Roots. Greater Heights.