Hiking Yoga takes the principles of Yoga off the mat and puts them in motion out in the beauty of Nature. Performed regularly and with sincere devotion, this practice can initiate profound energetic changes and can even bring Enlightenment!
Hiking Yoga builds on the Buddhist practices of Walking Meditation and Mindfulness to bring full awareness to each step and full immersion into our experience of the environment.
We in SoCal are so blessed to have nearby and accessible opportunities to walk in the bosom of the Divine at any time. Hiking Yoga integrates the practice of Bhakti (Devotion) to Divine Mother (Shakti) by appreciating the beautiful sights we encounter across the terrain.
We integrate the power of the Elements as we feel the richness and solidity of Earth beneath our feet, as we open to the solar Fire energy of the Sun and are surrounded and sustained by the quality of Air. We appreciate the flow of Water both in its past action of creating the the topography by moving across the Earth and its current nurturing of the environment and out bodies. We experience the expansiveness of Space in the vast blue sky and the amazing vistas from mountaintops. And we come into greater contact with Consciousness as we feel the effects of our practice and realize that we are, together with all things, expressions of the Divine.
Hiking Yoga will teach you about the powers of breathing (pranayama), internal silent prayer (japa), vocalized chants (mantra), gestures (mudra), focus and concentration (dharana) and mindfulness of each breath, each step and each action (vipassana).
One of the most important features and benefits of Hiking Yoga is the insight and energetic development that is gained by moving through limitations and obstacles with Equanimity (upeksha). By encountering physical, mental and emotional limitations within ourselves in practical connection with real world obstacles (hills, boulders, logs, streams, terrain) we gain Self-Knowledge (svadhyaya) and the Will (iccha) to move through and beyond them in a balanced and peaceful manner.
The light generated by this process can and will activate the pranic energy centers (chakras), opening the path the the active, conscious development of the Spiritual Energy Body and eventually to the Self-Sustance of the Form through direct access to Divine Power (Shakti).
A Yoga Hike can be as easy as a walk in the park or as difficult as summiting the highest peak in the Continental USA, Mt. Whitney. It can be a personal, one on one session or you can assemble a group of friends or you can join in a scheduled group hike.
Once you have learned the principles and practices of Hiking Yoga you will want to apply them every time you walk or hike. And if you do you will see powerful, deep and rapid transformational results!