Trek & Yoga… Ask your smart device what Trekking is, and it may tell you that it is a long and arduous hike. Yoga is many things, long and arduous it is not.
In the context of Trekking, without the help of a stick or pole walking can be difficult. We’ve all seen images of a desperate person crawling on their hands and knees because they were too week to stand on their own two legs. Using poles to extend your arms to the ground can keep you going.
Trekking poles are like ski poles in their look, feel and use. Walking or hiking up or down hills with them doubles the safety of walking on the same terrain without them. From hands and knees, to extended hands to the feet, many stress points are countered and or alleviated.
Walking using adjustable sticks or poles that are tethered to your wrists, removes the “arduous” in walking and in many Yoga practice movements. A little coaching and you are on your own.
Developing a personal rhythm and allowing the natural movement of the poles in motion takes a little practice. Learning to use and trust your poles / straps is a natural fit for many yoga exercises. The movements and philosophy of yoga are well suited for this activity.
Trekking is exploring one’s ability to use all of the core muscles to move while challenging our mind to tell the body how to use those muscles. I have experience “hitting the wall” on a steep hike, just like a runner experiences of a long distant run. I’m still there with some of you runners high folks once in a while but today I prefer a bit slower pace.
After age 50, many people have forgotten what it was like to walk up and down hills because it’s now too hard, doesn’t feel safe, there is nothing to hold to help with their balance. After a little practice, which is all up to you, your body learns to balance between bipedal and pronograde momentum. When your body feels safe to walk, your mind will feel safe to be elsewhere.
Practicing this way or moving across various terrains is a safer way of walking, hiking or trekking because:
Always having two, three and sometimes four points of contact on the ground at the same time. I have found this activity to be a great benefit to my overall heath, mobility and joint pain. This is not a bogus claim, this is joint exercising wrapped up in the enjoyment of walking through everyday life.
Developing this group is a work in progress and with that, I have learned a few things:
Properly fitting hands to the pole straps, holding the handle and walking in syncopated coordination with a pole attached to each wrist can be especially challenging. Sounds simple? It is not at first. If you can rub you head and pat your tummy at the same and then pat your tummy and rub your head at the same time, then you are a natural. If you can’t, you can with practice.
To learn this “yoga trekking” Like Yoga, it takes practice. Trekking Up or down a hill or leisure walking is easier to learn than the two step.
Forward fold table arms in, fly, stretch, cat, cow Poles back glute roll Forward fold step back mini plank Three leg chair right leg Titey Three leg chair left leg Titey Three leg chair right leg Lucy Three leg chair left leg Lucy Three leg chair right leg abduction Three leg chair left leg abduction Three leg chair right leg then left leg Rockette Left leg warrior side stretch curl Right leg warrior side stretch curl Four leg stand halfway squat Four leg stand full squat Walk in place; poles up, down and shake it all around. Ratchet walk 2/2 time Leisure walk 1/2 time Uphill crawl Downhill stick foot stick foot
I have a trekking poles available for loan during any event and I am available to coach privately in a public place. We are all different in our physical abilities. Although this activity is a relativaly safe and good for you, You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being while participating in any event posted.