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3 Reasons Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Southern Utah

Posted by Christopher Hagedorn
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on Wednesday, 01 August 2018
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  1. Fewer Crowds:  Tourism in Southern Utah peaks in spring after winter has melted away and the wildflowers are blooming, and in summer when kids are out of school and parents rely on the great outdoors for family time. Fall is a quieter season in canyon country and offers more breathing room and solitude to explore the vast wilderness. Enjoy fewer cars on the road, no lines to get in and better rates for lodging!DSC 9874 edit
  2. Ideal Weather:  Strong gusts of winds howl through Southern Utah during the springtime but tend to dissipate in the fall. Additionally, temperatures are typically 70-75 degrees with sunshine making for pleasant adventures in canyon country. IMG 4492 edit 960
  3. Fall Colors:  When thinking about the best places to see fall colors in the country, red rock country is not what usually comes to mind, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a range of opportunities to admire the cottonwood and aspens turning from green to golden in Southern Utah. The canyons are dotted with grand cottonwoods that make a striking contrast against the warm red canyon walls. Drive up into the Henry Mountains to admire a forest of aspens making the transition to fall.IMG 0803 edit 960

If you are visiting Southern Utah during the fall season, we would love to have you join us on a canyon adventure. You can find more details about Get In the Wild’s offerings at www.getinthewild.com

 

 

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3 Reasons to Practice Yoga In The Wild

Posted by Melissa Phillips
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on Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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As yoga steadily gains popularity, yoga studios are saturating the market like Starbucks. The abundance of studios makes it tempting to keep your practice confined within four walls.  While many yoga studios are cozy, serene and welcoming places, studios can't compete with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature that is ever present. As Labor Day approaches, you may be looking towards the fall but don't discount summer yet! There is still plenty of time left to take your practice outside into the days of summer. And there are plenty of reasons to do so.

  • Sun – Nothing new here but a reminder that vitamin D provides many physical and mental health benefits.  Don't forget to apply a natural sunscreen before stepping outside.
  • Mix it up – Perhaps you are like me and you have reached periods of burnout from your yoga practice. As the teacher guides you through another sun salutation you are secretly thinking "How many of these have I done in class already today?  Can't we do something different?"  By taking your mat outside, you add variety to your practice and take preventative measures against yoga burnout.
  • Birds and Bees–When you practice outside, you are connecting with the roots of your being - all of our beings – Mother Earth.  Take the time to reconnect with nature. Close your eyes and take in the sounds of the birds calling in the distance, the scent of fragrant blossoms, and the feeling of the subtle breeze on your skin. Let life be simple.

Now that I have convinced you to get outside, you might be wondering where or how to practice outside. Here are my suggestions:

  • Check with local yoga studios- Many studios are starting to offer outdoor yoga classes in the summer.
  • Gather a group of friends – Round up your nearest and dearest yoga buddies for a fun, impromptu outdoor gathering.
  • Hire a Teacher – If you can't find any outdoor yoga classes, propose the idea to your favorite yoga teacher or hire a teacher!
  • Retreat to the outdoors – Find a retreat that takes place outside (camping, in the jungle, at the beach, etc.) or incorporates outdoor yoga classes as part of the retreat.

Bio:  Melissa is looking forward to taking her yoga practice outside this fall at the Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat in otherworldly Goblin Valley, Utah with Get In The Wild Adventures. Besides practicing yoga with goblins, Melissa founded and directs the Northwest Yoga Conference which takes place in the Seattle, WA area each February.

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