Canada is home to some of the most beautiful hikes and trails in the world. In Vancouver, nature is right in our backyard (and we’re so grateful!). From the Grouse Grind and Quarry Rock to The Chief or St. Mark’s Summit, we’re lucky to have a never ending list of scenic hikes minutes away from the city. In Toronto, you might have to travel a bit more to access nature, but you’d be surprised at what’s just around the corner hidden somewhere in the city! Our faves? Try the Scarborough Bluffs, or Rattlesnake Point. Wherever you are, we know you want to check every hike and trail you can off of your to-do list before the winter sets in! Not to worry, we’re about to equip you with 3 key yoga poses to integrate into your hiking routine to make sure you stay flexible, limber and hiking all summer long and beyond.
After your hikes, make sure you cool down as climbing and navigating through trails can leave your muscles wound up! Try a high lunge, alternating both sides for 30 seconds, and repeating this 3 times. Your hip flexors will thank you!
Continue unwinding with a cobbler’s pose or butterfly pose. This pose will help open your groins, outer hips and relax the overworked muscles in your lower back. You can hold this pose from 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on how sore you are. Try repetitions of shorter lengths at first to make sure you're not over-stretching.
It’s also a good idea to regularly keep your hips and glutes stretched to avoid strains and tightness. Try a 30 second figure 4 pose to stretch these areas on a regular basis, especially if you hike regularly.
You can find these stretching poses regularly in YYoga’s Hatha and Yin classes. Ready to keep hiking?TRY YYOGA