You really ought to try heli-yoga

Forget heli-hiking! Heli-yoga is the latest way to get grounded.
Heli-yoga is one of the best ways to experience the Canadian Rockies

So tell me, are you the bucket list type or not so much? I definitely have a bucket list for personal and professional reasons. As someone who has to frequently come up with travel content for the various publications I write for, I’m frequently researching new and exciting experiences. One source of inspiration to me has been Robin Esrock, author of The Great Canadian Bucket List.

You really ought to try heli-yoga
First buy: 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit, then buy this adventure travel book:)

Robin recently swung through Calgary on a media tour for his new book The Great Canadian Prairies Bucket List. What I learned from Robin is that bucket lists never stop. Once you’re open to new experiences, the more adventures you tick off your list, the more you’ll hear of new ones you’re dying to do. This always seems to be the case with me and so it was earlier this week when I joined Robin on one of his bucket list adventures: heli-yoga.

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Robin relaxing on his sweet ride

Forget Heli hiking, try heli yoga

Little did I know heli-yoga is something unique to the Alberta Rockies. Our experience began when we met at COP and drove out a fleet of Fords to the Kananaskis. Robin is a brand ambassador for Ford, so we had the opp to drive the new Ford Explorer. I declined, remembering my disastrous experience with the Escape’s auto park feature a few years ago. Tip: it may be hands off, but you still have to keep your foot on the brake.

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Heli yoga 

Once at Rockies Heli Canada, we boarded helicopters and made our way onto a peak not far from Canmore. Once there, we spread out yoga mats and were led through the most tranquil class with a certified yoga instructor.

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It’s easy to get to a zen-like state when this is your surroundings.

If you’ve never done outdoor yoga before, there’s just something about connecting your breath to the breeze, inhaling the fresh scent of pine as the sun warms your face. Bees hum happily in the distance and whenever you look up, there are those mountains in all their jaw-dropping glory. It’s just you and nature at her most glorious. You feel a part of it – there is this energy you can’t ignore. Experiences like this leave you incredibly refreshed – both mentally and physically.

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Reverse warrior is a fave of mine.

When you try something new, something inspiring, you can’t help but want to do more, be more. Who knew heli-yoga existed so close to Calgary? There are so many unique experiences found in the Rockies. Would you try this one?

yoga in the mountains by helicopter


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11 thoughts on “You really ought to try heli-yoga”

  1. Tamara (Globe Guide)

    Sounds like an amazing day! My Alberta bucket list item is exploring the Columbia Icefields on one of those huge buses!

  2. Going to the Badlands to see the dinosaur stuff! My mom went when I was a teen so I’ve always wanted to go there!

    1. That’s a great one! I stayed in their comfort camping suites and loved it (as did my daughter).

    1. That’s a good one! Is that the one where you can either camp or stay in a nice lodge once you arrive?

  3. Love this, Heli Yoga is now on my Bucket List! Thanks Jody! I also want to ride the chairlift at Lake Louise and see the Grizzlies!

    1. Funny, the Lake Louise grizzly viewing is on my bucket list for this summer, too! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  4. Sounds pretty easy but high tea at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria has always been on my bucket list. I was a student when I lived there, so it was always out of my price range in my adult years, I was always rushing to/from special events and so never had time. Now as a mom, it seems like a must-do bucket list item sans bebe. Hang out with friends, drink delicate cups of tea (and gin, let’s be serious) and eat tiny sandwiches while catching up on some best friend gossip.

  5. Just learning about this type of outdoor yoga. Sounds like a lot of fun and very relaxing.

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