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. Today’s Groupon returns butterflies to their natural habitat: for $20, you get two classes at Hiking Yoga (a $40 value) in Balboa Park or Mission Trails. Exercise and physical balance come together during these classes, wherein students join skilled teachers to hike the hills of San Diego, stopping in scenic spots for yoga and roundtable discussions on what the color blue tastes like. Hiking Yoga’s 90-minute workout combines cardio, strength, and flexibility training while allowing students to witness some of the lesser-seen vistas of the area. Weekend classes and weekday evening sessions make it easy for yogis to practice the dolphin plank pose in its intended natural setting—in front of a sunset atop a sleeping bear’s back. Achieve multifaceted exercise in a brand-new environment that will prepare anyone for future fitness regimens when prankster wood-sprites spirit suburban homes into the forest wilderness.
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.