In need of a little relaxation and recharge? In today’s busy world, it’s all too easy to keep the breakneck pace going, even while on vacation. Namaste in Nature offers a great alternative: a way to slow down and connect with nature while still enjoying the company of your loved ones!
Founded in 2017 by owner and lead yoga teacher Miranda Peterson, Namaste in Nature has quickly become a popular activity in the Asheville area. The company keeps their outings small by design. You can feel comfortable signing up as a solo traveler or a duo to join a group as you’ll still get plenty of quality instruction and guidance. Groups are also welcome to book their own excursions, and rates vary on the size of your party.
Options for current Namaste in Nature trips include either hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Appalachian Trail, or a hike to Catawba Falls. Whether you choose the mountain views or the refreshing waterfall, guides will lead you on an accessible, safe, and beginner friendly hike followed by an hour long yoga class in pristine NC nature.
The benefits of spending time in nature are countless, and recent research has made national headlines on the preventative health benefits of “forest bathing.” But, if you’re not much of a hiker or meditator, it can be hard to know where to start! Namaste in Nature’s friendly, experienced guides will design a class that accommodates your group’s experience level to ensure you can focus on the peaceful, natural surroundings and let go of stress.
Namaste in Nature might not be the best option if you’ve never ever done yoga or gone for a hike, but it’s certainly an approachable activity for beginners who have a base level of physical fitness and some experience with walking, stretching, or taking yoga. The yoga class offers modifications at beginner, moderate, and more advanced levels, and hikes do not include steep or technical trails.
Namaste in Nature hiking trails are selected not only for their accessibility, but also for the gorgeous scenery. If you’re new to the Asheville area, or just coming through on a vacation, signing up for a combined hike and yoga class can be an awesome way to get a taste of the natural scenery Asheville has to offer, as well as the funky community that values creativity and wellness.
Before you commit to an outing with Namaste in Nature, be sure to confirm your transportation plan to the trailhead, and prepare yourself appropriately for time spent out in nature. Their hikes and classes run rain or shine, no matter how chilly it gets, so definitely plan to bring layers and rain gear, as well as sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Namaste in Nature offers yoga mats to borrow for the hike, but you’re also welcome to bring your own, along with plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout your trip.
If you’re looking for a unique way to connect and de-stress that’s literally off the beaten path, Namaste in Nature is an awesome addition to Asheville’s community, and definitely worth trying out! Happy hiking, and namaste, ya’ll!
Want to stay present but also capture some great memories? Keep your phone out of the picture and let your Namaste in Nature guides take photos of your group at no additional cost.