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Hiking photos – Yoga hike: Silver Pagodas to Lily Village, 2012/05/23

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Recently we've started doing yoga hikes—heading out to scenic and serene places in the countryside, and taking a walk to a peaceful spot to do a session or two of yoga. On this trip, we were hiking around the Silver Pagodas area.

We began the hike in a small countryside village, and took a shortcut through our local guide's chestnut and walnut orchard. Our local guide, Mr Meng, brought along some tasty organically-grown cherries for us to try out. He said that the cherry trees were planted more than 200 years ago, by residents of a nunnery that was in the area in those times.

Our first yoga session was at the Silver Pagodas, an extremely nice place to relax. After the first session, we climbed the stairs up to the top of the Silver Pagoda mountain, and did more yoga at the peak.

We finished at the Hot Springs hotel nearby, with another session of yoga followed by a very late lunch!

the Lili village, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

We walked through a small village at the beginning of the hike.

Cherry, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

Cherries, ripe on the tree.

having the organic cherry, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

Our local guide had cherries to share.

exercising, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

A stretch for the spine.

Our Yoga teacher, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

Our Yoga teacher was explaining the meaning of the 'pinch finger.'

the stretch exercise, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

A bit more stretching after reaching the peak.

the wand part of the Yoga, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

We used the patio of the Hot Springs hotel, right next to their small reservoir.

leading us to the peace, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

Our yoga teacher, Sabine Kloth.

wonderful place, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

A very peaceful place for meditation.

the movement of the practicer, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

Sabine was making a small correction to the posture of the practitioner.

the muscle, Beijing Hikers Yoga hike-Silver pagodas to Lily Village, May23, 2012

It's very nice to have a good stretch, especially after a hike.