yoga Inspired hiking and backpacking excursions
In these busy modern times, it is important to take the time to unplug, giving yourself the space you need to find more ease in your mind, emotions, and overall spirit. Within the gorgeous 6 million acres of the Adirondack Park, and now serving the Catskill Mountains as well, we have the perfect natural settings for adventurous retreat. Following the footsteps of the earliest sages and yogis by getting into the woods, away from the hustle of contemporary society, we aim to bring the yoga practice back to its roots. At Yoga Adirondacks, it is our goal to safely guide yoga inspired hiking and backpacking excursions so that you can disconnect to reconnect.
Fueled by the crisp mountain air and enlivened by the natural setting, our outdoor practice will awaken and restore your senses. Each trip includes at least one warming flow, hiker's flow, a restorative session, and opportunities for breathing exercises, meditation, and mantra. For camping excursions, evening yoga nidra is also offered.
Explore rolling trails and high summits while experiencing the wonder of being in the wild. Learn skills in technical gear, food and water intake, water filtration, safety skills, leave no trace, earthing, and more. Mindfulness exercises are intermittent throughout the hike. Overnight trips include additional instruction specific to camping.
Experiences in nature are believed to reduce negative thoughts and stress, while increasing creative problem-solving, mental performance, and overall sense of being. Through hiking and yoga, we connect our bodies with our minds. By bringing yoga into the woods, we elevate our connection and harmony not only with nature, but with our practice and ourselves.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately . . . and see if I could not learn what it had to teach."
-Henry David Thoreau
About yoga adirondacks
Yoga Adirondacks brings the ancient practice of yoga together with the humbling awesomeness of nature. We combine yoga and hiking to create unique experiences for exploration and practice in nature as a way to improve health and quality of life. Each trip is facilitated by experienced guides and skilled yoga instructors so you can enjoy an outdoor adventure knowing you will be safe and in good hands. At Yoga Adirondacks, we eliminate any guesswork by providing all essential gear to be used during your trip, including travel yoga mats. Just bring your sense of adventure, and let’s get out there!
Mel Brust, is the founder of Yoga Adirondacks. She is a NYS DEC Licensed Guide, 500 Hour Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor, an Adirondack 46er, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and she has completed the ADK Winter Mountaineering School. Mel started camping as a young child and has been building her hiking and backpacking skills ever since. Her love of the Adirondacks began with her first high peak in 2001, which she did as a 2 night excursion with her hiking partner and future husband, Jesse. It was an exhilarating start to the remaining 45 high peaks, which they completed together on their ten year wedding anniversary in 2016.
Mel relates to some of the earliest yoga texts written by rishis, or sages, who went to the forest to cultivate knowledge and find truth. In this sense, she finds that the connection between yoga and nature is apparent. In honoring the role that getting outdoors plays in her own life practice, Mel is inspired to present safe and responsible hiking practices for newcomers and avid yogis and hikers alike, while sharing in yoga philosophy. Mel invites you to share in this experience, and make it one of your own.
At least one or more of your guides will have a 200-500 hour certification in yoga instruction, and experience teaching restorative, gentle, and strong flowing sequences to all levels, as well as breathing and meditation techniques, mantra, and workshops.
Your guides will have a combined experience of NYS DEC Guide Licensure, decades of hiking, camping, and backpacking, including completion of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, ADK Winter School, Appalachian Trail, and certifications in CPR and First Aid.