Since last summer, I’ve tried yoga on a paddleboard, yoga while hiking and yoga poses all around Rochester. And I found that I really enjoyed pushing my self, trying new poses and meeting new people in the process.
Last month, I tried another version of yoga, this time trekking on snowshoes to complete my first-ever SNOWGA session.
That’s right. I hiked about 3 miles on snowshoes with an adventurous group of women to try snowga at Bristol Harbour Resort in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We stopped twice on our trek for a mini-yoga session that included tests of balance and flexibility and strength, all with snowshoes strapped to our feet.
Warrior 1, humble warrior, downward dog, triangle, shavasana. We did it all in the snow. One woman even tackled a headstand with snowshoes on! Look closely below in the rear left of this picture, as you can see one badass yogi working her magic.
The event was with Finger Lakes Yogascapes, a local women-owned business that offers indulgent fitness retreats for women. I learned about the company last year through my job and have tried a few of their classes. But I have been itching to try snowga since first heard about it last winter.
First off, snowga wasn’t hard. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. The incorporated yoga sessions were also geared toward beginners with modication options for the more advance yogis in the crowd.
The day event included a loan of snowshoes and walking poles, but I brought my own. Heck, I had them, why not use them? With lots of snow in Rochester the week leading up to the event, we only had a few inches at the snowga site in Ontario County. Not to worry. We had snow, and that’s really what mattered.
We tackled two 1.5-mile loops of a golf course, pausing twice to strike a pose.
There, I met loads of incredible local women, including Brittany and Sue, (pictured below) who I am hoping to see at a future outing.
Snowga was followed by lunch and drinks (hot cider was heavenly), great chats and an amazing view. I also made a video (for work) of the adventure. so click here or the photo below to view my D&C video.
What’s the oddest type of yoga you’ve tried? Have you done yoga in snowshoes or (my latest column) in a brewery? Tell me all about your adventures in the comments!
Very cool (no pun intended)! This looks like both gvreat exercise and a terrific social experience.
Thanks John. It was a lot of fun!
That’s so awesome! I’ve never done any different kinds of yoga other than in the comfort of a yoga studio.
Its a lot of fun! I’m partial to stand up paddleboard yoga, but snowga was a great outing. This week I just wrote about beer and yoga in local breweries – http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/columnist/2016/02/03/yoga-craft-beer-brewga-rohrbach-rochester/79122936/
Here in MN I just saw an outdoor yoga on the ice event. I thought that sounds miserable! Too cold! Muscles don’t stretch well in the cold 🙂