Frequently Asked Questions

Remember to...
Print, copy or screenshot driving directions and fill up your car with fuel before driving to the trailhead.

Transportation?
We'll provide clear directions, but you are responsible for getting yourself to and from the trailhead in your own vehicle(s). Driving to a trailhead in the mountains is not the same as driving to a business downtown. To get to your designated meeting spot or trailhead, please follow the link/directions provided in your confirmation email. We recommend clicking the directions link the day before to best estimate the time it will take you to get from your lodging to the trailhead.

DO NOT just type the name of the trailhead into your GPS as the directions could be wrong or take you on a different route. You will not receive a refund if you do not use the directions/link provided and get lost and arrive late for the yoga hike.

Other transportation options include renting a car or arranging private transportation with our preferred provider: Leap Frog Tours. (Contact us if you would like us help you arrange private transportation for your group at additional cost.)

We do not recommend trying to use Lyft or Uber to transport you to/from the trailheads.

What is the weather like in Asheville?
We wrote this nifty blog post to give you a better idea of the weather, temperature and things to do throughout the year.

What is the elevation of the trails/mountains?
The city of Asheville, NC has an elevation of 2,134 feet (650 m). The locations we use range in elevation from 1,400 feet / 426 m (Epic Waterfall/Catawba Falls) to 2,300 ft / 701 m (Triple Waterfall Tour/Dupont Forest) to 4,600 ft / 1402 m (Appalachian Trail/Max Patch) to 6,200 feet / 1890 m (Blue Ridge Parkway/Black Balsam Knob). Trails we use are not very steep and only gain a few hundred feet between the trailhead and the summit.

What should I wear? 
Yoga pants of course, or any other light, comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in.
Sturdy boots or shoes with ankle support are best for traversing the trails. (We do take them off during the yoga portion.)
Be prepared for anything! Wearing layers is recommended and definitely pack a rain jacket or poncho as the weather and temperature can change quickly in the mountains. For sun and bug protection, you can use long sleeves and pants, a hat, sunglasses and/or sunscreen and insect repellent. 

What if I need to cancel?
Public Yoga Hikes Cancellation Policy:
Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone or email to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.
Private Yoga Hikes Cancellation Policy:
Customers will receive a full refund with 7 days notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone or email to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

What about the weather?
The weather is part of the yoga; we can’t control it, only how we react to and prepare for it. Yoga Hikes are rain or shine however Namaste in Nature reserves to right to cancel any event if the weather is deemed unsafe or extreme.
Because weather forecasts shift rapidly in the mountains, we may wait until the day of the tour to make the final call. If we start an experience and are unable to do yoga due to environmental or weather conditions, you will be invited to attend another yoga hike in the future at no cost. If a yoga hike is cancelled by Namaste in Nature due to weather, all money will be refunded and no fees apply. 

Do I need prior yoga/hiking/meditation experience?
You can be a beginner but we do recommend that you have some prior yoga and/or hiking experience and are in reasonably good shape for hiking and walking at higher altitudes. The yoga portion will have multiple options for each pose to accommodate beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis. Trails are considered easy to moderate level. We hike at an average walking pace. No prior meditation experience is necessary.

What should I bring?
You are responsible for bringing and carrying everything you need during these events, preferably in a small backpack. We have yoga mats you can borrow but you are also welcome to bring your own. Bring some water to stay hydrated - preferably in a reusable bottle.

We want to have as little impact as possible on the natural beauty so we firmly believe in the principles of leave no trace

Do I have to tip?
Tips of $5-$20 are appreciated by our hardworking guides, but are not required. Another way to show your appreciation is to write us a review on FacebookInstagramTripAdvisorYelpGoogleAirBNB and mention your awesome guide by name!

Why so early? 
The weather/temperatures are better, it is less likely to rain, there is more parking available at the trailhead and there are less people on the trails. Plus, it's just a great way to start your day! 

Are there any hazards to watch out for?
Part of enjoying nature is respecting the plants and animals that live there. Do not provoke or interact with any wildlife. It is highly unlikely we will encounter potentially hazardous animals like snakes or bears. The most important thing to keep yourself and your mat away from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac: 

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How many people are in a group?
Public group sizes usually range between 2 and 10 people per yoga hike to ensure a quality experience. We are happy to accommodate larger private groups upon request.

Will you cancel the tour if there is only one guest?
Nope. Whether we have 1 guest or 10 guests, we will still offer the same great service and experience. We realize this could be awkward for some guests so please let us know in advance if you prefer not to have a solo tour or have a preference of a male or female guide.

Can I bring my kids? 
We prefer participants be over the age of 18 and able to sign his or her own waiver, but if you have children or teenagers that are totally into doing a yoga hike, we can certainly oblige with a parent or guardian’s permission. Contact us to set up a private, family yoga hike if you have little ones.

Can I participate if I am pregnant?
If you are already an active hiker and/or yoga practitioner than you will probably be ok but you should consult your doctor before participating.

Can I bring my dog?
As much as we love animals, we can't allow them to accompany you during our hikes or events since we can’t guarantee everyone else in the group is comfortable with dogs and don’t know what other animals and people your pet may encounter.  

What if I get injured?
We don't anticipate anyone getting hurt but our guides are trained in First Aid, CPR and carry a first aid kit during all hikes just in case.

What if someone in my group doesn’t do yoga?
We make our classes welcoming to everyone including beginners and encourage everyone to give yoga a try. However, if you have someone who doesn’t feel comfortable participating in the yoga practice due to injury or lack of experience or some other reason, they are welcome to spend that time reading or journaling or meditating or just relaxing in nature nearby.

Do you do special or private events?
Yes, of course! We would love to be a part of your next event! We lead outdoor yoga classes during festivals and lead private hikes for birthdays, bachelorettes, girls weekends, corporate groups, church groups, gyms, yoga studios and more! Contact us to learn more. 

Where should I stay?
There are plenty hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, AirBNB & VRBO rentals as well as cabins, campgrounds and glamping locations located in and around Asheville where you can stay during your visit. If you would like to stay closer to the trails we use, here are some general recommendations:
• Epic Waterfall = East of Asheville (Stay in Asheville, Swannanoa, Black Mountain)
• Blue Ridge Parkway = Southwest of Asheville (Stay in Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Brevard, Fletcher, Arden)
• Appalachian Trail = West of Asheville (Stay in Asheville, Candler, Canton, Waynesville)
• Triple Waterfall = South of Asheville (Stay in Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Brevard, Fletcher, Arden)

What do the locations/views look like?
Awe-Inspiring Appalachian Trail Mountain Yoga Hike:
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Breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Yoga Hike:
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Relaxing Waterfall Yoga Hike:
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Triple Waterfall Yoga Hike:
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Why no winter tours?
Winter snow and ice often prevent us from accessing the trails and operating yoga hikes in December, January or February. If you would like a private yoga class indoors during the winter, contact us or email hello@namasteinnature.com.

 

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