Move your downward dog to the hiking trail this summer

Considering hiking is truly about the journey, Steve Tsilimoss is taking each step in the right direction. The new Hiking Yoga program he’s introduced to the Vail Valley this summer brings eastern philosophy to the Western Slope of Colorado, where mindfulness meets movement.

“I think this program adds an important element to what yoga was founded on — serenity in being one with yourself and with nature — simply finding peace,” said Tsilimoss, a certified yoga instructor. “I think being up here, or anywhere, outside on a beautiful day creates more benefits than being in a studio.”

Tsilimoss’s most recent Saturday morning group excursion led hikers to Booth Falls out of the East Vail trailhead. The three-hour hike was taken at a moderate pace, stopping at three designated “yoga platforms” (relatively flat areas with stunning backdrops), one on the way up and one on the way down.

“It was so nice to do yoga outdoors, and what great views we had along the way,” said valley local Jay Hoff. “I don’t like to go indoors to exercise much — especially in the summer — so to do yoga on the side of a trail was perfect.”

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