We at Back40 are huge proponents of outdoor yoga. For us, spending time in nature is all about about reconnecting with a calmer side of our brains, even though that often means intense and challenging situations. It just feels good to commune with your primal side and immerse yourself in nature. Yoga seems like a natural companion to those goals. It’s all about getting in touch with some of the deeper undercurrents of your mind and developing awareness of the world both within and without. Plus, wouldn’t you rather breathe deeply and smell spruce trees in the summer breeze than sniff spray cleaner and sweat under fluorescent lighting? We thought so. With that in mind, here are five outdoor yoga adventures designed to get your mind relaxing and your blood pumping in pristine Maine wilderness.

1. Hiking, Outdoor Yoga & Dance in Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Outdoor yoga and fall foliage in Camden Hills State Park, Maine.
Camden Hills State Park–a.k.a. your personal outdoor yoga studio (Photo: Nancy Zane/North Star Adventures)

Experienced Maine Guide Nancy Zane along with yoga & creative movement instructor Shana Bloomstein lead this weekend wellness retreat in one of Maine’s most gorgeous state parks. The weekend will be dedicated to healing and grounding both mind and body through reflection, healthy movement, creativity, and exploration of an inspiring natural setting. The adventure includes three meals a day and two nights of accommodation, so you can just relax, unwind, and explore.

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2. Paddling, Pints & Yoga on the Stillwater River

Paddling and Yoga on the Stillwater River in Orono, Maine
The dreamy Stillwater River in Orono, Maine. (Photo: Holly Twining/Maine Yoga Adventures)

Choose your watercraft (canoe? kayak? SUP?) and meet up with Holly Twining of Maine Yoga Adventures for a paddle down the Stillwater River and a grounding yoga session. Then it’s over to The Common Loon Public House for a cold pint and a bite to eat. Expect to see plenty of wildlife on this beautiful Maine waterway, and you can brush up on your paddling skills with two certified paddleboard instructors on hand. Extra watercraft are available if you don’t have your own.

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3. Women’s Canoe & Yoga Trip on Third Machias Lake

Canoe paddling and yoga retreat on a remote Maine lake with Renewal in the Wilderness.
The ultimate summer retreat: paddling & yoga on a remote Maine lake. (Photo: Renewal in the Wilderness)

Join the adventure leaders at Renewal in the Wilderness, for this three day paddling and yoga adventure just for women. First, you’ll paddle to a remote campsite on Third Machias Lake and set up camp. Then it’s two days of yoga exploration, lounging, and healthy/delicious backcountry meals in a beautiful setting. Spend your days relaxing, finding time for solitude, and recharging with healthy food and movement in a gorgeous and seldom traveled area of Downeast Maine. Highly recommended!

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4. Yoga in Nature at Red Quill Cabin in Rangley, Maine

Registered Maine Guide and yoga instructor Leah Titcomb of Forever Wild Yoga practices yoga outdoors.
Registered Maine Guide and yoga instructor Leah Titcomb of Forever Wild Yoga. (Photo: Back40)

Not the first time we’ve highlighted Maine Guide Leah Titcomb’s outdoor yoga retreats. That’s because they’re awesome. This time Leah and Forever Wild Yoga are headed up to the Rangeley Lakes region to lead a weekend of yoga practice during peak fall foliage. If you haven’t explored this classic Maine destination, this is a great chance to see it while joining an energizing and restorative yoga practice led by an experienced instructor. Did we mention there will be three meals a day provided by a personal chef? Sounds good!

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5. Rock Climbing, Yoga & Wine Tasting in Camden, ME

Rock climbing with Maine Guide Noah Kleiner, followed by yoga and wine tasting with Maine Yoga Adventures.
Rock climbing guide Noah Kleiner leads a climbing adventure. Then it’s time for yoga & wine. (Photo: Equinox Guiding Service)

Outdoor adventures followed by yoga and decadent food & beverage experiences. Uh, we’re liking this trend. If you’ve been wanting to branch out into the also meditative sport of rock climbing, here’s a good chance. Maine Yoga Adventures is teaming up with Equinox Guiding Service, who are some of the best climbing instructors in the business. After the climbing Camden’s beautiful cliffs, head over to Cellardoor Winery for yoga, a vegetarian meal, and a wine tasting in Cellardoor’s scenic 200 year old barn. Not bad for a day’s work.

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