by Julie Trevelyan
Therapeutic Yoga. Imagine river rafting through Desolation Canyon on the Green River in Utah. White sandy beaches tempt along the way. Sixty fun, rolling rapids invite laughter and grins. An eagle soars overhead and leafy cottonwood trees add color and shade as you float between the canyon walls. Ahh, what a blissful adventure.
When you get to camp, you’ll practice some Therapeutic Yoga with your rafting companions. Wait, you say, yoga’s not for me—I’m not as fit and limber as I used to be! Heck, I never even was. If that’s the case, this women’s therapeutic rafting trip might be the perfect choice for you. With its emphasis on the aging process and an understanding that not everyone has the innate ability to do headstands and backbends, this synthesized voyage down beautiful Desolation Canyon holds significant appeal because it is open to women of all ages and abilities.
Rather than focus on the popular belief that uber-fit bodies and cute yoga clothes are prerequisites for yoga, this trip is all about “wellness” yoga for women who might be overweight, struggling with arthritis, chronic pain, sports injuries, MS, or other mobility issues, or simply not feeling entirely comfortable with the idea of trying to turn their body into the fantastic pretzel shapes seemingly required to be a yogini. (Note: no pretzel shapes happening on this trip. Unless that’s what you want to do!) Safely and gently leading the yoga will be Deanna English, a registered nurse, yoga therapist, and integrative health coach.
Another draw to a trip like this one is its all-women component. Whether you’re new to rafting, yoga, the outdoors, or just looking for a great experience, this all-women, yoga river rafting trip offers a trustworthy sanctuary for gentle outdoor adventure. Join up and come along for the ride. It looks to be a relaxing, expansive, and beautiful journey down one of the most beautiful rivers in the West as well as through your own heart and body.
Written by Julie Trevelyan.
Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate. See more of her work on Wild Girl Writing.