I love yoga, and I love hiking. If I could just get a job where I do yoga and hiking all day and still get enough money to pay rent and keep me in chocolate that’d be my life goals pretty much achieved.
Fortunately, I am a yoga teacher so I’m pretty much immersed in it day in, day out – and my wonderful man Craig is a training Mountain Leader so together, we pretty much have it sorted (though he’s yet to join me in a yoga studio despite my many hours in my walking boots!) but what makes it such a good match!?
Not just for its physical benefits that increased strength and flexibility can offer to hiking to improve your experience or to prevent injuries, Yoga is frequently referred to as a moving meditation, famed for its abilities to help you focus on the present. Be it focusing on not falling over or ‘using your breath’ as teacher keeps telling you – you’re there, on the mat, physically and mentally. Hiking, walking and climbing mountains is pretty much the same thing.
Sure, your mind wanders off into what you’d like for dinner, or where you should pop into on the way home to pick up said dinner and such like, but ultimately, for the most part, you’re focused on putting one foot in front of the other; climbing onwards and upwards and enjoying that moment. Allowing us to reconnect with nature, and with ourselves (especially since there’s generally no phone signal on a mountain!).
There’s a paragraph in The Power of Now (amazing book – changed my life) that says;
“the reason why some people love to engage in activities, such as mountain climbing, although they may not be aware of it, is that it forces them into the Now – that intensely alive state that is free of time, free of problems, free of thinking, free of the burden of the personality”
And well, that just sums it up nicely.
Whether you find this same moment in hiking, climbing, walking, running or just getting outside – I highly recommend it. Go reconnect.