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Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

In Brief: See photos from a weekender at the Bashang Grasslands that included outdoor yoga and meditation, organised for YogaDigest magazine.

YogaDigest magazine came to us with an idea for a trip that would include meditation and yoga in an outdoor setting, and asked if we’d be interested in helping them put something together.

We thought it was a great idea, and helped them organise all the logistics—transport, guides, accommodation and food, plus we picked out quiet spots atop hills for meditation and relaxation.

The group drove out on a Saturday morning, and after getting through some horrible traffic we arrived at Bashang, 280km north of Beijing.

After a late lunch we hiked up to a hilltop for a 90-minute meditation session, led by one of the YogaDigest experts.

We watched the sun setting and then headed back down for dinner at our guesthouse.

The next day we woke up early for a pre-breakfast session of yoga under a beautiful blue sky.

We headed back to the guesthouse for breakfast, and then headed out with a longer hike up to a nearby peak for more meditation.

See all the photos below!

Setting out from Beijing - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Setting out from Beijing.

Lunch at the guesthouse at Bashang - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Lunch at the guesthouse at Bashang.

We hiked up into the hills to find a quiet spot for meditation - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

We hiked up into the hills to find a quiet spot for meditation.

Wildflowers in bloom - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Wildflowers in bloom.

Taking a break on the way up the hill - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Taking a break on the way up the hill.

We hiked nearly two hours to find this peaceful location for a guided meditation session - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

We hiked nearly two hours to find this peaceful location for a guided meditation session.

Peaceful - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Peaceful.

Watching the sunset - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Watching the sunset.

Well settled in - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Well settled in.

Group photo at sunset - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Group photo at sunset.

All relaxed now, ready to hike back to the guesthouse - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

All relaxed now, ready to hike back to the guesthouse.

Back at the guesthouse enjoying a small bonfire - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Back at the guesthouse, enjoying a small bonfire.

Early session of yoga - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Early session of yoga.

Stretch! - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Stretch!

YogaDigest instructor Pu Nannan - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

YogaDigest instructor Pu Nannan.

Stretch! - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Stretch!

Planks - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Planks.

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Clear skies and clouds, perfect - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Clear skies and clouds, perfect.

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Short relaxation session after the yoga - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Short relaxation session after the yoga.

Yoga team - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Yoga team.

First hill on the second hike - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

First hill on the second hike.

Team photo on an 1,800m high point - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Team photo on an 1,800m high point.

The last session of meditation, in the shade of a tree - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

The last session of meditation, in the shade of a tree.

Looks super comfortable - Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Looks super comfortable.

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