The time had arrived to head out of Calgary and head towards the Canadian Rocky Mountains. And what a way to get a first view, by helicopter! Up and above. Not just any normal helicopter ride nor just any normal place. Heli-Yoga. Yes, that’s right, by helicopter, up to the heights for a yoga session, in nature like no other.
Our choppers and pilots were ready and briefings got underway all thanks to Kananaskis Heli Tours. This was going to be fun of the highest order. Truly one of those experiences that do not come around too often. Loaded on, headsets on… Up up and away.
Within minutes of leaving the ground it was time for some wow moments. Left, right and down the expanse and views are hard to describe. Here I was at last, not just in the Rockies, but getting a birds eye view. In one sweeping look around there was all to see, mountains, glaciers, great turquoise lakes and wildlife. Absolutely super.
It was always going to be too soon to be landing as you take it all in, but, what a landing spot. On a hill up high, a clearing opening up to magnificent panoramas, our spot for a couple of hours yoga.
Martha, our wonderful Yoga instructor got us all together to take it all in. All you could hear was a few birds calling. The mountains lay across in front, the trees around and below helped stage a magic natural scene. As we got underway with breathing exercises and then stretches my body started telling me I do not do yoga enough. But, I can say one thing, that this place must be one of the best places to do it. Phones off, cameras off, just the still mountain air, relaxation and calm.
The adventures of the past few days had tightened my body up no end. Together with the jetlag I found the whole time up there to be a perfect tonic. Ssssh I sneaked a couple pics around the group 😉
This first experience in these mountains was leaving me aching for more. Martha was an absolute treasure of a person to meet. Experience beyond question. Not only could you get the heli-yoga but the heli-hikes on offer certainly strike my chord. Flying into paradise, a few days in the wilderness, escape and learn. Never fearing but welcoming the nature. With the right people like these there is never a fear of Grizzly Bears etc, just more to learn.
Alas, refreshed, it was time to fly back down. The helicopters picked us up, the noise of reality crept back in with a buzz. Of course there was another chance to see the views from above. What an experience indeed.