That's the tagline for a class being offered at the Black Creek Trail in Gadsden. Now that it's starting to feel like summer, which for many, myself included, means fun in the sun and plenty of outdoor activity, it's time to get out and try something new. We've got it all here in the Greater Gadsden Area.......walking trails, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. But for today, it's all about the hike. Well, that and some yoga thrown in for good measure.
I've talked about the many hiking opportunities, as well as the opportunities for yoga in the Greater Gadsden area before, so it's only natural that an event called Hikoga caught my eye. A combination of two of my favorite pastimes, I thought I'd give it a try.
I registered online and met our fearless leader, Danielle Fryer, at the pavilion at the designated time. We all introduced ourselves to one another and off we went. When we arrived at the first map along the main trail, we turned to the right and stopped for our first yoga pose. Once we held the Warrior 1 position, we headed into the woods stopping every 15 minutes for another pose. No mats are needed as all poses are standing.
I visit Black Creek trail a lot but this class put a different spin on the hike. It was nice to break the trek up with some yoga and felt great to stretch and be mindful out on the trail. While doing Triangle pose, after a couple of suggestions and adjustments from Danielle, my back popped like a bowl of Rice Krispies getting hit with some milk. It felt great!
If you haven't explored the Black Creek Trail system, you're missing out. The City of Gadsden recently received a grant to add trails that will total over 12 miles when the project is complete. If you typically stick to the main trail and are interested in exploring some of the other trails this could be a good introduction. Maybe you've wanted to give yoga a try? Or maybe you'd just like to spend some time celebrating nature with a little mindful hiking? This class may be for you. Click here for more information about Hikoga.
We'd love to see your photos of the Black Creek Trail or of you doing yoga! Comment, email, find us on social media, use #greatergadsden, or even carrier pigeon! You may be featured in an upcoming post. So go forth, bliss out, and mind the tree huggers!
And remember, wherever you live, or wherever you are, be a tourist in your own town!