Eric Kipp, founder of Hiking Yoga, began the trend in San Francisco in 2009. He wanted to combine activities that draw from not only the environment, but reintegrate people into their communities, and enhanced their own physical strength.
Eric had lead knowledge-seekers on tours through several states before bringing his talents back home. Word of mouth spread and hiking yoga caught on, branching out to other cities along the west coast to New York and the Midwest.
First in Arlington, Hiking Yoga discovered the path to enlightenment in Dallas might be the Katy Trail. Kipp notes that the “Katy Trail was central, historic, and weaves in and out of local smaller parks. It also has drinking fountains and interesting stopping points.” In other words, it had what he needed to ensure the minds, eyes and bodies of participants would be enticed and engaged.
The Katry Trail yoga hike follows a path which to and fro spans about five miles in distance. There are four stops along the way to practice yoga. In most cases it is Vinsaya yoga, but the style and category may vary by instructor and ability level of participants.
Kipp chooses hiking yoga teachers based on 200 hour certifications and experience. Instead of changing them, he helps them adapt to his format and the new challenge of the indoor and outdoor setting.
Eric notes that although it is the hiking and yoga that brings people in, “people also love meeting up with friends and enjoying the time together outdoors.” Hiking Yoga “connects people to each other,” their bodies and the beautiful environment that surrounds them. Held most Saturdays from 10 am to 11:30 am, reservations can be made online. Could there possibly be a better way to spend a Saturday morning in Dallas?