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The Power of The Hike Collective and lululemon
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The Power of The Hike Collective and lululemon

Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner. Hosted by lululemon and The Hike Collective, I went on a mystery hike & delight, where my ticket was the donation to support suffers of mental health through Beyond Blue.

Oh, lululemon and all your surprises! I love surprises and a whole lot of the concepts behind their events keep me guessing. I really loved the idea of hiking for charity, to harness the power of a community while giving back. If not about product, lululemon values community too, and I’m thankful for being part of that family.

I roped along my go-to supporter, educator and lover of all things outdoors, Nicola and curiousity sparked. She questioned why a hike needed to go hand-in-hand with a charity. I do a lot of planning of studio events that the fact that it was an organised adventure worked out for me. All I needed to do was make a donation and turn up. For Nicola, and those of you who regularly hike, you might ask, why?

Time could only tell.

I was so ready for partaking in a hike to discover another part of Perth’s great outdoors!

The 3km walk wasn’t anything exhausting however I felt the adventure started when I went down a steep slope of rocky gravel, crossed a river with some generous helping hands and made my way to the waterfall.

the hike collective lesmurdie

I mean, how amazing is this world we live in? To really soak in the landscape of one small part of Australia and fill ourselves with the gold of the Earth. It doesn’t have to try to be beautiful, and perhaps that’s a take away from it all. It already is. Ram Dass reminds us eloquently in thought provoking words.

“That when you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

lululemon, you sure know how to make me feel 100% appreciative. As we walked up to the top of falls, I was reminded, #thisisyoga

lesmurdie falls

Yoga can be anything, the way we go about things, the way we choose to bring meaning into our lives, and how we can just be still and let the power of what we have, actually come to us.

Inner Ego juices and raw balls by Granola Girls awaited our arrival right at the top of the fall, and I really couldn’t’ ask for more. The simplicity of being with nature, overlooking the majestic city of Perth from afar. And the last bit of the delight, a Pranava meditation by Leah Santa Cruz. Pranava translated as original joy but also the nickname for Om.

the hike collective lesmurdie

Leah taught us that Om is comprised of three primary sounds – ahh, ohh and mmm. That these are natural sounds we make.

When we see something we like, we say ahh.

When we hear something beautiful we say ohh.

And when we taste something delicious we say mmm.

All in a hike. I’m planning to be a regular hiker for sure. I mean, just take a moment to look at this. The yoga of wonder and delight.

Photography by Michael Goh