Ahoha Wild Women
When you give yourself the gift of time and space to be free in the wild, you remember who you truly are.
I’ve just spent several days in a yoga retreat in the wilderness and it is clear that yoga and outdoor adventure are soul mates. When you are opening yourself to the elements, playing with your edge in a kayak or canoe or climbing to new heights on a mountain, your greatest power is your breath, to breathe deeply and take the next step.
When I began to integrate my yoga practice with my outdoor adventures I opened to a new way of experiencing nature and releasing fear and tension. Meditating in the pure fresh air on top of a mountain, the rhythm of deep breathing in the wild winds and feeling the flow of the current as I balanced on my board on the ocean are the landscape of my most transformative yoga practices.
Some people are intimidated by yoga because they see it as a physical challenge to try to twist yourself into acrobatic contortions, or it’s become uber trendy, about rocking a hard body in sexy yoga pants from Lululemon.
If you are consciously breathing right now, with awareness, you are practicing yoga.
Wild yoga is exceptionally restorative and energizing. When we bring ourselves more deeply into the elements, breathe with awareness, ground our feet in the earth, feel the energy fire up within the intensity of our activity and let ourselves move with the fluidity or currents and waves, we are being yoga.
So we are bringing you a special collection of Wild Women outdoor adventures in 2016 that combine horse riding, hiking and paddling with yoga sessions, for beginners and all levels, led by amazing yogini wild women.
In Kauai, our yoga guide is a famous local teacher, Samatha Fox Olsen, who embodies the spirit of aloha. Her yoga sessions are a creative blend of healing vinyasa flow and strength conditioning. All of your senses will be vibrating after a session with Sam.
In Iceland, our horse riding adventures will be led by Cline Owen, who owns Wavelengths Yoga Studio in Ontario. Cline brings a yogic approach to our riding adventure, encouraging yoga practice throughout the trip to unwind and keep energy high on the horse!
In Thailand, we have one spot left on our tour in January, which includes a yoga retreat in Om Waters, a floating retreat on a lake in Sri Lanna National Park. Our Wild Women guide Cat is a Qi-gong teacher and offers meditation sessions along our jungle journey.
In Costa Rica, we will retreat deep in the Corcovado rainforest, one of the most biologically intense places on the planet, at the magical oasis of Luna Lodge, an ecolodge perched high in the lush mountains with a gorgeous open air yoga sala where you can enjoy a morning yoga practice surrounded by macaws and monkeys.
So take this moment to breath, deeply.
Imagine the wild adventures that await you.
And take the next step, sister.
Warmly, Jennifer Haddow,Wild Women Expeditions