A lot of people in my life have told me I’m too intense. For a really long time that hurt me to my core. I was forever embarrassed of myself... for always caring too much... or talking too much...or for showing too much emotion. I have always lived my life directed by my heart. There is a difference between allowing your emotions to drive your life and trusting your hearts pointed passion. It has taken time to separate the two, but I will never again allow myself to be effected by those who feel uncomfortable with how much I care. I reject this notion that somehow its cooler for us to not give a shit... not talk about the hard issues... not express how we feel. In my world having opinions is cool. Speaking up for yourself is cool. Speaking up for other people is cool. Living life with every ounce of your being is cool. Guess what? Chances are, if you’re part of this movement we call #BackcountryYoga , that you too are very effing cool. Happy Friday!! Get out there and give a fudge. 😉
Into the mountains we go. #backcountryyoga
“Go into nature and you will find love. Where trees teach us how to be, as they are ground and content in their purpose of life simply because that’s what is. Where animals go about their lives with purpose, simply because that’s what IS. The greatest expression of love is peace, which can be found in the great workings of nature and our universe. To come to a place of deep acceptance and awareness with ourselves and everything there is to experience. Where one realizes the magic of chaos and beautiful in unison to create our lives. Time in nature is the easiest way to cultivate this awareness, and experience…” -Rhea Mitchell @sol_adventure . Read her full valentines day post up on our blog now! (link in bio)#backcountryyoga
“The sounds of the storm corresponded gloriously with this wild exuberance of light and motion. The profound bass of the naked branches and boles tuning like waterfalls; The quick, tense vibrations of the Pine-needles, now falling to a silky murmur; The rustling of laurel groves in the dells, and the key in metallic click of leaf on leaf— All this was heard in easy analysis when the attention was commonly bent. •
The varied gestures of the multitude were seen to fine advantage, so that one could recognize the different species at a distance of several miles by this means alone, as well as by their forms and colors and the way they reflected the light. All seemed strong and comfortable, as if really enjoying the storm, while responding to its most enthusiastic greetings. We hear much nowadays concerning the universal struggle for existence, but no struggle in the common meaning of the word was manifest here; no recognition of danger by any tree; no deprecation; but rather an invincible gladness as remote from exultation as from fear.” -Excerpt from A Wind-Storm In the Forest
John Muir 1894 #backcountryyoga
Caitlin @caitlinlassyyoga goes into detail about her favorite hiking trail out in Boulder; The Read Rocks Trail! Read Full post up on the blog today! “There is certainly not a lack of jaw-dropping, soul-moving, nature eye candy out here in Boulder, Colorado. While it’s totally impossible to pick one FAVORITE trail that I’ve hiked so far while living out here, I will admit, one hike has made a particular impact in my mind. The Red Rocks Trail right in downtown Boulder.” #backcountryyoga
“In wildness lies the hope of the world”(John Muir) I am starting to get sooo excited for Spring&Summer!! We are currently finalizing lots of plans for weekend retreats and backpacking adventures:) This year we will be scaling back our offering of mostly hut trips and will be moving into a much wider variety of offering...From huts, to camping, yurts & teepees... and so much more :) I truly can’t wait. Also don’t miss out on our very first 100hr Advanced Backcountry Yoga teacher training & WFA certification course!! Email me with questions firstname.lastname@example.org !!! I can’t wait to play in nature together 🤸🏼♂️ #backcountryyoga
“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir 1915 •
These days I tend to listen to books more than I read them.... but there is still one person who I love to read aloud, and thats John Muir. His words are pure magic•
Photography by @xg_mphoto @mandacove0621 @ohhathenaa •
#backcountryyoga #johnmuir #nature
Meet Rhea Mitchell @sol_adventure our newest addition to the #BackcountryYoga Ambassador team!! Rhea is a total bad ass that I met through @nolsedu While enrolled in a Mountaineering program in the North Cascades. We spent countless hours in close quarters(tents, rope teams, outdoor bathrooms 😉) learning outdoor skills, cooking, hiking, and experiencing life together. She was a really positive influence when it came to my first time outdoor climbing and she continues to be an incredible inspiration. I am so excited to finally start working together!! (I threw in two pics of us together at the end 😘) So here is more about Her!
Rhea was born and raised in Danville, PA which sits on the banks of the Susquehanna River nestled in the valley of the Appalachian foothills. Rhea has spent much time traveling the country and world and now calls West Virginia her home where she guides rivers, climbing, yoga and so much more. Rhea holds a 200 hour yoga teacher certification through the Kripalu is a certified AMGA climbing guide and Wilderness First Responder.
Rhea will be contributing to our weekly blog with outdoor influenced posts, some will give you tips& tricks while others will be personal stories... no matter what I can’t wait to share her thoughts with the world!!!
Read Rhea’s first post about Winter Hiking up on the blog today!
Today on the blog Caitlin @caitlinlassyyoga shares a moving piece that discusses Expectations, Attachments, and Surrender. Read her poem here and the rest on our blog!
Something that I am learning
about the path to manifesting is this -
Not only do often unexpected
incidences arise, but,
more than likely
the path will be rocky.
This is because,
before our desires can come
we must learn,
into a new level of being,
in order to properly use,
or give service to,
or be grateful for,
the product of our hard work.
the product doesn’t always look
exactly as we had expected it to.
there’s always that sneaky ego.
We must also go through
the trials and road bumps
to be certain
that we are not working for our ego.
Photography by @peterconstantinople
Went deep into my photo albums this evening and found so many incredible captures from @joelguy15 that I completely forgot about!! Here we are descending from Mount Eisenhower last July. Announcing our Summer 2018 weekend retreat line up very soon!! 🎒🏕🤸🏼♂️ #backcountryyoga