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 Griffith Park or Temescal Gateway Park. Exercise and physical balance come together during these classes, wherein students join skilled teachers to hike the hills of Los Angeles, 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.
Hiking Yoga has appeared in Men's Journal magazine and was featured on CBS News and Forbes Video Network in San Francisco. More than 17 Yelpers give the business a perfect five-star average. More than 700 Facebookers like it.
- I had a great time at the griffith observatory hiking yoga today. It was a great workout and had fun with my friends. – Allynne V., 10/31/10, Yelp
- it was so worth it and feels so rewarding afterwards. Best part is you get a good workout without being cooped up in the gym, and time flies by so fast. – A. A., 10/16/10, Yelp