Nature, like a babysitter or a piggyback ride from a drill sergeant, is simultaneously strict and nurturing. Harmonize both sides with today's Groupon: for $74, you get a seven-hour guided yoga hike through Kananaskis County, including bus transportation, from Sidetracked Adventures (a $149 value). All hikes depart at 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Choose from the following dates: August 6, August 20, September 3, or September 17.
Sidetracked Adventures' five-hour yoga hikes lead intrepid participants through the secluded trails of the Canadian Rockies, beginning with an hour's drive from Calgary's Shouldice Arena. Professional guides coach groups during traipses through one of many beginner mountain trails, challenging trailblazers with long, gentle slopes and tree-themed word problems, and rewarding them with panoramic views of towering mountain peaks. At each hike's midpoint, yoga instructors greet groups by a waterfall, mountain summit, or alpine lake to lead them through passive flows of yin and Hatha poses. Students stretch toward outdoor enlightenment on durable Manduka mats, surrounded by views of the Rockies and local owl admirers. Hikers complete their mind and body-enhancing odyssey with a return hike and shuttle transport back to the city.
While Sidetracked Adventures provides all yoga mats, guides, and English-to-mountain-goat dictionaries, participants should arrive ready to hike and complete asanas with their own water, athletic shoes, food, and activity-appropriate clothing. Welcoming no more than 12 participants, hikes invite exercisers of all fitness levels to explore crowd-free trails for peaceful reflection and first dibs on acorns. All hikes chart beginner trails unless otherwise noted, and yoga class locations are dependent on weather conditions and overall class ability.
1515 Home Rd. NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 5G9