I recently took a trip to Iceland and toured back country with a guide. Our trip took us to out of the way places with mountain views, rivers, glacier run off and waterfalls. The beautiful sights along the trails were well worth the muddy boots and wet feet. Beyond the aesthetic reward, hiking can also complement your yoga practice: It requires both focus and stamina, making it a powerful moving meditation. And doing some key poses before you hit the trail will help prep you for steadiness to maintain balance on uneven surfaces and ease to move with fluidity and agility on the path’s twists and turns. So practice these four poses pre-hike to improve strength and stability for a safer journey, and post-hike to ease any tight spots.

Low Lunge Arms Up Pose

This pose is great for stretching your hard-working hip flexors, which engage with each and every step. This pose will also release tension in your hips, stretch your hamstrings, quads and groin.

Wide Leg Forward Bend – Add A Twist Pose

Strengthen and stretch your hamstrings, calves, glutes, back, chest and shoulders. Also tone the abdominal organs, calm the brain and relieve mild backache. Add a twist to stretch the spine and inner thighs.

 

Standing Forward Bend Pose

This pose calms the brain and relieves stress and mild depression, stimulates the liver and kidneys, stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hips; Strengthen the thighs and knees, improve digestion, reduce fatigue and anxiety, relieve headache and insomnia. This pose is therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.

 

Extended Triangle Pose 

This pose will stretch and strengthen the thighs, knees, ankles, hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine. As well as stimulate the abdominal organs, relieve stress, improve digestion and relieve backache.