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Podcast Ep 32: Yoga to Stay Mindfully Centered

Do you have spare time? I prefer to make a conscious choice to use my time in ways that align with the big vision for my life. In this episode I discuss what it means to have a vision, how it keeps me centered, and how all the things I spend time doing come together in a glorious way. Then I’ll guide you through a yoga practice that will challenge you to stay mindfully centered in both strong and releasing asanas.

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Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Yoga for Hikers: Hiking Mindfully

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.  It isn’t more complicated that that.
~Sylvia Boorstein

Shoulder stretch yoga at the trailheadYour backpack is loaded with water, snacks, and the safety equipment you will need for your hike. You have been practicing yoga as part of your conditioning, and you just did a quick sequence at the trailhead to warm up before you head out. There’s one last question to ask: Are you here?

Being present will not only keep you focused on where you are putting your feet, it also opens a new world on the trail. When you hike mindfully, you will see more, hear more, and be aware of nature. After all, why hike if not to explore the wilderness?

Walking Meditation

For three to five minutes during your hike, walk slowly and deliberately, taking note of everything that is going on while you move.  Listen to the sound of your breath.  Feel the air move around you.  Feel your muscles expanding and contracting as you step.  Notice your weight shift as you lift one foot and then the other.  Feel the ground under your feet.  With practice, you can build up your walking meditation to longer times.

Take It All In

Observe your surroundings very closely.  Try to use as many senses as possible (taste, touch, hearing, smell, sight).  Smell the flowers.  Listen to the bird songs.  Touch the bark of the trees.  Taste the air.  Watch for small animals darting away.  Practice using all your senses for ten to twenty minutes while you hike. Eventually it becomes habit.

Tread Lightly

Help keep the Adirondacks, or wherever you are hiking, beautiful and wild with these tips.

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Walk single file to avoid widening the trail.
  • Be considerate of others.
  • Speak softly or not at all, except in emergencies.
  • If you must hike with music, use ear buds.
  • Keep your pets under control and pack out pet waste.
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
  • Avoid sensitive habitats such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams.
  • Keep your distance from any wildlife you encounter.
  • If you pack it in, pack it out again.