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 from Hiking Yoga, with locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Gatos, and Woodside. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two classes (a $40 value).
- For $149, you get a private, 90-minute yoga hike for up to 15 people (a $300 value).<p>
Exercise and physical balance come together during Hiking Yoga’s classes, where students join skilled instructors to hike the Bay Area hills, stopping in scenic spots to practice yoga. Hiking Yoga’s 90-minute workout combines cardio fitness, strength training, flexibility-boosting poses, and roundtable discussions on what the color blue tastes like amid the lesser-seen vistas of the area. Clients can also opt to corral up to 15 friends or family members for a private workout excursion, during which they can hone their collective “om” chants in a picturesque environment before immortalizing their life-affirming sojourn with photographs taken by the teaching staff. 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.
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.