Homeless butterflies must beg for pollen on municipal maples and rest their wings atop half-stomped gutter muffins unless someone's outdoor yoga pose offers them a temporary perch. Return butterflies to their natural habitat with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a 90-minute friends-and-family yoga hike from Hiking Yoga in Berkeley, Los Gatos, San Francisco, or Woodside (a $300 value).
Exercise and physical balance come together during Hiking Yoga's classes, during which up to 15 friends and family members join skilled teachers to hike the hills of the scenic California locales, stopping at particularly picturesque spots to practice yoga. The 90-minute social workouts seamlessly blend cardio, strength, and flexibility training, while affording yogis the opportunity to try out a partner pose or forge a deep connection with the earth to learn if it’s really a woman. Afterward, up-and-coming gurus can relive their life-affirming sojourn with photos taken by the teaching staff. Weekend and weekday evening sessions make it easy for yogis of all skill levels to practice the dolphin-plank pose in its intended natural setting, in front of a sunset atop a sleeping bear's back.
Its rapid rise chronicled in in Forbes, Men’s Journal, and a parcel of other press, Hiking Yoga has sent massive waves of invigorated bliss washing up and down the west coast since its 2009 founding. Each of its outdoor excursions melds the cardio workout of hiking with the stretching and measured breaths of yoga. Certified instructors lead pupils through scenic vistas, or, in early-morning sessions, impressionistic dreamscapes, as they alternate between heart-pumping strides and yoga breaks suitable for neophytes and the pretzel-capable alike.