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10 National Parks to Inspire an Outdoor Yoga Practice

May 25, 2016

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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it’s time we start planning our summer camping trips.

There are few things better than a handful of days surrounded by afternoon hikes, early morning campfire coffee, and good friends. Wandering into the outdoors with just the essentials (which can certainly include s’mores and a bottle of wine) encourages peace, presence, and honest communication.

Another perk of camping? Outdoor yoga. As much as we love the cozy vibes of indoor studios, practicing yoga outdoors can inspire a whole new realm of mindfulness. Spending time outdoors also can help replenish depleted energy, heighten awareness, build confidence, and assist in meditation benefits.

Luckily, we live in a country that’s flooded with beautiful National Parks that are practically begging for an outdoor yoga practice. Consider some of these bad boys when planning your summer adventures, and be sure to keep your eye out for beautiful vistas for your day’s practice.

10 National Parks to Inspire an Outdoor Yoga Practice

1. Glacier National Park, Montana 

A rolling landscape of glacier-carved peaks and rugged valleys, Glacier National Park is a mountain-lover’s paradise. In addition to the green canyons and steep mountains, you’ll find gorgeous bodies of water, including the famous and photogenic Saint Mary Lake. With breathtaking vistas around every corner, it’s not hard to find a place to soften into your favorite poses.

2. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Orange and red cliffs paint the horizon of Bryce Canyon, creating beautiful sunsets that seem to light the earth on fire. These epic colors make for beautiful morning and sunset yoga practices, though we can also see that night sky being perfect for some moonlight Yin. Follow the park’s main road past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, which overlooks many of the park’s most famous vistas.

3. Yosemite National Park, California

Located within California’s epic Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite is celebrated for it’s awe-inspiring sequoias, granite cliffs, and tumbling waterfalls. It’s an great park for the hiking loving yoga, offering lots of secret spaces for a mid-hike flow. Practice near one of the park’s epic falls and you might get lucky; there are occasional rainbows reflecting in the afternoon light.

4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

This serene park is world renowned for its diversity of plant an animal life and horizons of rosy mountains. It’s one of the most iconic spots of Appalachia, offering everything from fields of wildflowers to historic coves. Bonus points: since it’s on the East Coast, you’ll get the benefit of seasons. Plan a visit in the fall and catch the leaves changing, or have a midsummer night’s Vinyasa flow among the fireflies.

5. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This majestic park might be known for Jackson Hole, but there are dozens more attractions that make this a superb spot for some outdoor yoga. The mountains of Grand Teton come straight from a storybook, complete with sprawling wildlife and flower-filled campgrounds. When it comes to finding the perfect spot, we recommend the Lizard Creek campground for peace and quiet, and Signal Mountain for epic views.

6. Olympic National Park, Washington

If you’re trying to score some practice by the shore, then Olympic National Park is the place to go. It’s thriving with diversity, with vistas offering dramatic views of the ocean alongside the lush foliage of the Pacific Northwest rainforest. Whether you’re camping deep in the forest or in one of the park’s many cozy cabins, you’ll have your pick of yogi hideaways.

7. Big Bend National Park, Texas

A desert oasis located in Far West Texas, Big Bend a fantasy land. A solitary red mountain range paints the horizon, with bursts of cacti and sporadic flowers bursting from the cracks. We recommend practicing during one of the sublime, southwestern sunsets or on a clear night when the black canvas is sprinkled with stars.

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Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at cozycaravan.com.

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