What is Eco Yoga Adventures? Eco Yoga Adventures provides tools to help people slow down and become deeply present in themselves and connect to nature. This is done by introducing a mobile spiritual practice that can be done anytime anywhere.
What is Eco Yoga? Eco Yoga combines hiking, meditation and yoga in inspiring mountain places. It is designed to help you learn how to find inner stillness, only then will you understand how profoundly connected you are to nature... nature is in you.
Why did you start it? Because it’s time! There seems to be a shift happening in people. I see a lot of people yearning to connect to something deeper in their lives, and buying ‘stuff’ just isn’t cutting it for them anymore. Many of my hiking guests really want to connect to these mountains but don’t know how to quiet their minds enough to really take this place in. They seek a deeper experience but don’t know how to get there. Within the yoga community, there are many people attending classes who know they need to slow down and take their yoga practice off the mat. Many yearn to have a deeper more profound experience in nature but don’t know how, they are afraid of bears, and they don’t know where to go in Banff that is quiet enough so they can go deeper in their contemplative practice.
After years of guiding, practicing yoga and inquiring I have found several practices that I feel are quite profound and nourishing to the soul. This is what I offer for people to inquire into and explore as a way to connect to something deeper inside and outside of themselves.
Where do you go? For half day programs I use the Hoodoo Trail near Banff, Johnston Lake, and some trails in Lake Louise. For the busier areas it is helpful to be willing to go early or late to avoid the crowds. For full day programs I highly recommend Sunshine Meadows, it is truly amazing up there! Other places I go in Banff National Park are Moraine Lake and Lake Louise . In Kananaskis I go to Burstall Pass and Chester Lake.
What should I wear? For the half day and full day programs dress for hiking, click here for more information. For one hour programs where we practice yoga outside, wear your yoga clothes, but dress in layers as it can be cool in the mountains.
What if it’s cold the day I book? Out here we say there is no such thing as bad weather...just bad gear! We go rain or shine, accepting what is- is an important part of practicing Eco Yoga. Therefore, if it's cold we still go out, I will put more focus on walking meditation as a doorway into being present and do a few yoga poses as reflection but not a whole practice as that would be hard on the body. Remember it is the mountains, weather here changes every 5 min so please be willing to go with the flow. Eco Yoga is about inquiring into our timeless nature... inside and out, in any weather.
What if it's raining or snowing for the 1 hour yoga classes? I will cancel the one hour classes due to rain or snow or if it's colder then 15 Degrees.
Should I bring my mat? Yes and No. The environment is very fragile in the Rockies so I have chosen specific site as to not damage vegetation. For the full day and half day programs, I want your feet and hands to touch the earth, to get dusty and to feel what is below. Therefore, don't bring a mat, the earth will support you. Remember, when practicing yoga outside, it’s not a controlled place so please be open to the wind, and sun as part of your practice...this IS the practice.
For the one hour yoga classes I offer outside, by all means bring your mat if you want.