Frequently Asked Questions
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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 well worn and considered easy to moderate level. We hike at a regular 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. It's best to bring your own mat or large towel for the yoga portion but we will keep a few extra on hand if you're just visiting the area. Bring some water to stay hydrated - preferably in a reusable bottle. take or bring any inhalers or medications you may need such as antihistamines.
We want to have as little impact as possible on the natural beauty so we firmly believe in the principles of leave no trace.
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.)
Consider wearing layers and pack a rain jacket or poncho as the weather can change quickly, especially during the mountain summit hikes. For sun and bug protection, you can use long sleeves and pants, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent.
What if I need to cancel?
All reservations include a non-refundable $5 - $10 planning & registration fee.
Due to limited space available on our tours, they are non-refundable if cancelled within the last 48 hours. Just remember, you can always reschedule for a later date!
If you cancel more than 48 hours in advance, you will be issued a refund minus the aforementioned $10 fee.
What if the weather won't cooperate?
A little bit of rain won't stop us! However, Namaste in Nature reserves to right to cancel any event if the weather is deemed unsafe. We'll try to let you know several hours before the event. If an event is cancelled by us due to weather, all money will be refunded and no fees apply.
Why so early?
The weather/temperatures are better and there are less people on the trails. Plus, it's just a great way to start your day!
Can I bring my dog?
As much as we love animals, we can't allow them to accompany you during our hikes or events. Sorry!
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. The most important thing to keep yourself and your mat away from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac:
How many people are in a group?
Permits, regulations and trail etiquette limit our group sizes to no more than 12 for yoga hikes in national parks. Events held at privately owned properties or municipal parks may be able to accommodate larger groups.
What about transportation?
We'll provide the clearest directions possible, but you are responsible for getting yourself to and from our events (unless third party arrangements have been made and explicity stated in advance.) Note that you may lose mobile and/or GPS signal in certain areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest so we recommend printing out directions or buying a map beforehand.
Are kids allowed?
Probably not. We prefer participants be over the age of 18 and able to sign his or her own waiver, but if you have teenagers that are totally into doing a yoga hike, and aren't going to detract from other adults' experience, we could certainly oblige.
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.
Do you do special or private events?
Yes, of course! We would love to be a part of your next retreat, gathering or event. We can lead outdoor yoga classes during festivals and lead private hikes for birthdays, bachelorettes, corporate groups, church groups, gyms, yoga studios and more! Contact us to learn more.
Why no winter tours?
We don't operate yoga hikes in November, December, January or February. Winter snow and ice make the trails and roads a little too treacherous.
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