Yoga On The River

March 18, 2023
Playing on a Stand-up Paddleboard on the Colorado River

By Heather May


River Yoga LodoreImagine taking a Mountain pose while gazing at towering canyon walls. Or swaying as you stand and reach in Tree pose, mirroring the cottonwood trees on the banks of the river. Rivers were just meant to be paired with yoga.


Take your sun salutations under the sun on the sandy shores of the Green River or find ultimate balance on a stand-up paddleboard on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.  You can do this by taking a combined yoga-river trip next year.





What we have in Store

Holiday River Expeditions offers four fun yoga trips on the Green River and Colorado River. We also offer a trip to Canyonlands along the White Rim Trail on a mountain bike that features stargazing and yoga. 


For the novice to the experienced yogi, there’s a yoga trip planned for every level and every month from July to October 2023.


Our first adventure offers yoga, river rafting, and stargazing in the heart of Canyonlands National Park through Cataract Canyon.  You’ll be joined by yogi Jennifer Gilmore and Star Guide Tom Beckett along with a team of professional rafting guides. July 9-14. 


Yoga in CanyonlandsFor those adventurous women who want even more yoga, we have a trip just for you. On this women’s trip, you can practice poses in the morning and night on the Green River during a four-day Gates of Lodore trip, July 13-16. Val Aerni will join us as your yoga instructor.


Yoga and Stars and Bikes Oh My!

The stars (and yoga postures) have aligned to allow nature lovers to take a combined rafting/sup/yoga trip.  You will be able to run the rapids of the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon after three days of doing yoga on stand-up paddleboards on the calm portions of the river. The 6-day trip, from Sept. 10-15, falls on a new moon, allowing participants to learn from a stargazing interpreter at night. 


October’s new moon is the occasion for more stargazing with a specially trained instructor.  This time limbered up after days spent mountain biking 20 to 30 miles a day on the White Rim Trail. On this 4-day trip Oct 14-17, Any stiffness from riding can be smoothed out during morning and afternoon yoga sessions gazing at dramatic landscapes on the Colorado Plateau.


Heather MayHeather May’s first white water rafting trip was the Gates of Lodore with Holiday River Expeditions and she can’t wait to return. She’s an award-winning journalist based in Salt Lake City. She covers travel, food, and health for a variety of publications. You can connect with her at