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. Returns butterflies to their natural habitat with today's Groupon to Hiking Yoga, with departure points in Berkeley, Los Gatos, San Francisco, and Woodside. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two hiking yoga classes (a $40 value).
- For $99, you get three yoga hikes and a 14-day cleanse (a $270 value).
Exercise and physical balance come together during these classes, where students join skilled instructors to hike the hills of San Francisco, 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.
The 14-day cleanse bolsters sustainable and holistic eating habits with a comprehensive program that pairs detoxifying foods with social support. For two weeks, dieters purify their bodies with nutritious, seasonal fare on one of three levels of intensity that range from a beginner-level cleanse all the way to full-blown vegan. Each pack includes recipes, a grocery-shopping list, daily videos and email support, access to a private Facebook group, and meal logs to track how many squirrels stole your lunch money.
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.