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 to Hiking Yoga in Barton Creek Greenbelt. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two hiking-yoga classes (a $40 value).
- For $149, you get a private, 90-minute yoga hike for up to 15 people (up to a $300 value).
Exercise and physical balance come together during hiking-yoga classes, in which students join skilled teachers to hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt, 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 and allows students to witness some of the lesser-seen vistas of the area. Weekend classes and weekday evening sessions make a great holiday gift idea and 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.
Alternatively, groups of friends, families, or hiking-boot focus groups can embark on a private yoga hike, which takes up to 15 guests on a 90-minute yogic sojourn through the greenbelt. If they’re intent on preserving memories of the excursion, hikers can feel free to immortalize the experience by taking enough photographs of the class to make a flipbook afterward. More guests can join the group for an additional fee of $20 per person.
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.