Many of us do yoga for a sense of retreat from the craziness of our daily schedules. Some go as far as trying to attain zen, while others are content with securing a free, uninterrupted hour for themselves. And while doing yoga in the confines of a studio is often enough to help you meet your objectives, nothing beats the feeling of doing yoga in nature – particularly a hiking trail and there are many beautiful trails in Big Bear to take you outside and into nature.
A Big Bear local and certified yoga instructor, Stefanie Ruland shares her experience with outdoor Yoga in Big Bear Lake. She hikes her way to the top of castle rock trail early in the morning with her yoga mat, and favorite hiking companion her furry friend Lulu. Castle rock trail is a fairly short 2.4 miles round trip journey with stunning views. The first mile or so is a little steep but levels off when you reach granite rock at the peak. She is doing yoga where the ground isn’t completely flat, and holding poses where one can enjoy the silence and then, later, try to fight distraction from barking dogs and screaming children. More interestingly, though, Stefanie provides a glimpse into what it’s like to do yoga in a place where you are disconnected enough from an increasingly connected virtual society, while still being close enough to learn to overcome the challenges of deliberately plugging out.
Here are some reasons for you to try outdoor Yoga:
Explore New Places
As creatures of habit and comfort, we gravitate toward our favorite spots in the park and miss out on other great areas the park has to offer. Outdoor Yoga encourages you to seek out less populated, if not oft-deserted, areas to execute your poses. Be careful not to get lost, though. And if possible, go on outdoor Yoga trips with a group of people. This is safer and guaranteed more fun. Which leads us to our next point…
Meet New People
Outdoor Yoga really is a great way to meet and mingle with new people. There isn’t a better way to connect with other people than through a shared love for yoga, and in a rather unconventional setting, at that. If you don’t have that option though, why not take the lead and gather around a group of your yogi friends for a new experience up in the mountains?
Learn to Focus
When hiking in the mountains, there will be quiet areas and noisy ones–those with barking dogs, chattering moms, and squealing, screaming, and wailing kids. Yet therein lies the beauty of such a challenge: in an environment that isn’t conducive to focus, you are forced to learn other ways to do so.
Outdoor Yoga teaches you what it truly means to break free and disconnect from the familiarity of a routine. More importantly, it teaches you what it truly means to be balanced in a world with distractions that never permanently go away.
With the holidays but a memory, February finds us itching for a reason to do something special. Take Valentine’s Day as your excuse to visit Big Bear, California! The mountain town is more romantic than some people give it credit-full of excitement, beauty, and relaxation, it’s perfect for a trip for two!
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are both in full operations during the month of February, and if you don’t think anything can up your heart-rate like the sight of your special someone, try taking them with you down a ski slope! The chill against your cheeks, the scenery rushing by, and the smile of your partner when you reach the bottom-it’s just the kind of thrill you need to spice up your Valentine’s Day! And if you’re new to the slopes, don’t worry-the ski resorts offer lessons and shops both in town and up the slopes sell equipment. You’ll enjoy the (certainly well-meaning!) laughter of your partner as the two of you practice staying upright and making it down your first slope.
The mountains are always romantic, skiing or no-skiing. Standing tall and proud and seeming eternal, they’re even more beautiful up close in a mountain town. As they gleam white with winter snow, the view is even more breath-taking. For the best views, find a winter hiking trail, gear up, and visit your vista. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for taking a trail like Pine Knot Trail up to a stunning view to share!
It’s perhaps the most traditional of Valentine’s traditions-going out to enjoy a meal together. The Pines Lakefront makes an ideal spot for the occasion. A charming restaurant with delicious food and gorgeous views of the lake, this is one of the best spots to share your Valentine’s Dinner. The Peppercorn Grille may not be pegged as romantic, but it’s another excellent option. The décor is pleasant and the food is delicious, and best of all, the staff is among the best around-it’s nice to see your significant other treated like the royalty you see them as! Captain’s Anchorage gets honorable mention-the walk-up soup and salad detract from feelings of “upscale,” but the steak and seafood are top-notch, and the dim, cozy, relatively quiet ambiance makes it perfect for a dinner together.
Focus more on your partner and less on the logistics-book with Big Bear Vacations and we’ll have everything set up for you, so you can go straight to enjoying each other’s company. Contact us today at 877-417-6504 to set up your Valentine’s escape and book your vacation rental home!
Located in the Bear Mountain area in Big Bear Lake, Peaceful Pines is a two bedrooms, one bath cabin that sleeps four.
I am a huge fan of hot springs. Been to more than 100 hot springs, some that are easy to get to, some that are miles of hiking, but the best part is the view. While hot tubs are not natural hot springs, they are the next best thing! Some of our cabins offer the best views while sitting on the deck immersed in a Jacuzzi! For instance, Peaceful Pines is located in the Moonridge area with views of the forest and if you are lucky you will hear the wolves howling (safely inside the confines of the Zoo of course!). And that’s just the outside!
Then you get to the inside! You know that feeling when you walk into a home and you just think, yep! This is it, this is the awesome ambiance that I was looking for! Peaceful Pines is that cabin; super cozy living room area surrounds a wood burning fireplace and entirely adorable kitchen! Two bedroom one full bath it sleeps up to four. What could be better than that?
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