Practice these four poses pre-hike to improve strength and stability for a safer journey and post-hike to ease any tight spots. Want to practice with Gina Caputo in person? Join her at Yoga Journal LIVE in Estes Park, Colorado, (Sept. 22-25) for classes and workshops, including her half-day hiking, meditation, and flow workshop. Get tickets now.
Mountain vistas, fall foliage, glistening lakes—the sights along a good trail are worth the inevitable sweat stains and muddy boots. But beyond the aesthetic reward, hiking can also complement your yoga practice: It requires both focus and stamina, making it a powerful moving meditation. And doing some key poses before you hit the trail will help prep you for sthira (steadiness) to maintain balance on uneven surfaces and sukha (ease) to move with fluidity and agility on the path’s twists and turns. So practice these four poses pre-hike to improve strength and stability for a safer journey, and post-hike to ease any tight spots.