sun trail follow the path“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”   – Rumi

I love yoga but sadly my “practice” amounts to about monthly mat experiences.

A friend invited me to experience yoga in perfect harmony!  Have you tried yoga hiking?  It was a brilliant combination with an added bonus: permission to talk during the hiking segments.  Being still and quiet is a challenge for me.

I didn’t know what to expect (ok wear… but I soon discovered shoes were acceptable).

We started with a short hike and transitioned to yoga in a beautiful open area off the trail.  A hawk seemed to welcome us to the forest by circling and soaring above our yoga circle.

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The view of the blooming and budding trees from a new perspective (down dog).  Look at that pristine sky!  It felt like an empowering shift to appreciate the forest from down dog.  Full disclosure: no photo editing these iPhone photos!

We admired the trees, learned about energy portals and of course we leaned on the trees during certain poses.  I have been faithfully reading, The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo which offers an entry of wisdom every day.   On May 16 I read:  “The tree grows with no one’s consent and no one’s applause.” The whole passage seemed to be a lyrical expression of our “yoga-in-the-woods” experience.

Did you know trees have long been recognized as life forms who bridge the three worlds: heaven (branches), earth (trunk), and the inner earth (roots). They have learned how to harmonize the three energies and they can assist us in doing so, too.

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Yoga hike heart discoveries…  Simply beautiful.

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Back home I discovered an oriole!

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And, a toad!

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If you would like a song recommendation to accompany this post, check out Here Comes the Sun, by Yuna.  Of course its the familiar favorite but with a new brilliant twist.  Highly recommend!