We love our weekly vinyasa, but when the temperature rises, it?s tough to muster the will to work out in a hot yoga studio.
Now a new exercise hybrid is letting us practice our Tree pose amidst the trees. Hiking Yoga integrates the cardio of nature hikes with the strength building of yoga for an upbeat, social experience. Created by tour-guide-cum-yogi Eric Kipp in San Francisco to help his neighbors explore their natural surroundings, the program recently expanded to Central and Prospect Parks.
Each 90-minute hike ($20) involves a mix of brisk walking broken up by four stints of basic yoga poses (Downward Dog, Warrior, Baby Cobra, etc.) at locations along the trail. The pace and the poses get more challenging as you go, but experienced instructors make it easy to find your breath after a heart-pumping hill.
After you sign up, an instructor will e-mail you with instructions for what to wear and where to meet. (Mats aren?t required, but sneakers are a must.)
Practicing our Peaceful Warrior by the Central Park Reservoir on a sunny Saturday morning, we were almost ready to put our gym membership on hold until September.