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 San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Gatos, and Woodside. Exercise and physical balance come together during these classes, wherein students join skilled teachers to hike the Bay Area hills, 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.
- It is an amazing concept to blend the yoga and urban hiking! What I liked about it is that you get to see unique views of the city, socialize, work out and feel amazing afterwards. – Rachna P., Yelp, 8/24/10
- I had a great time with my friends and I recommend Hiking Yoga for anyone who likes outdoors, hiking and yoga! – Diana N., Yelp, 11/12/10