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Dog Friendly Hikes in LA - MINDBODY
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Published Friday Sep 06, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

3 Dog-Friendly Hikes in Los Angeles

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Do you have a fur baby? I do! Her name is Tiger Lily and she’s the love of my life. While she can be stubborn and give me side-eye, she’s perfect nonetheless. One thing that always gets her in a cooperative mood is spending time outside.
 
Contrary to what we may believe, treats are not the priority for a dog. It’s movement! Just like for us humans. So, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite dog-friendly trails around LA that Tiger Lily and I love. 
 
Warm weather tip: Before embarking on any of these trails, make sure to pack your pup insulated, cold water! If it’s not insulated, by the time you get to the peak of your trail, the water can get pretty warm. Also, if you feel the weather is especially hot, put the palm of your hand on the ground. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s going to be too hot for your pup! The last thing you want to do is burn your dog’s paws. You can purchase dog shoes but I know some dogs end up feeling very uncomfortable with them on, so test it out on your dog before you commit to hiking. 

Runyon Canyon

The most LA place in all of LA, this is one of my favorite hikes to take Tiger Lily on because you get to take your dog off-leash. I’ve seen many celebrities and group fitness classes here. Parking can be a bit tricky, as the hike begins nestled in a residential area, so make sure you leave enough time to find a spot. There’s generally no issue if you plan to go early weekday mornings. There are varying trails to go on within Runyon Canyon but if you’re looking for the quickest route, there is a 1.9-mile loop where, on a clear day, you get to see views of the city.
 

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Runyon Canyon

The most LA place in all of LA, this is one of my favorite hikes to take Tiger Lily on because you get to take your dog off-leash. I’ve seen many celebrities and group fitness classes here. Parking can be a bit tricky, as the hike begins nestled in a residential area, so make sure you leave enough time to find a spot. There’s generally no issue if you plan to go early weekday mornings. There are varying trails to go on within Runyon Canyon but if you’re looking for the quickest route, there is a 1.9-mile loop where, on a clear day, you get to see views of the city.
 

Mount Hollywood

Another tried and true trail is one that involves Griffith Observatory. There are several trails leading to the observatory but I enjoy Mount Hollywood because it offers 360-degree views—including the observatory, Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains! I prefer starting from Western Canyon entrance as it’s a little more challenging and I like working my way up. Round trip from the Western Canyon it’s about four miles. If you prefer to start at the observatory, the trail is a little bit shorter, averaging about three miles. Surprisingly, Tiger Lily handles herself well on this trail. And of course she’s exhausted afterward, but I love seeing her sleep so peacefully after a strenuous hike. A tired pup is a happy pup, in my opinion!
 

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Mount Hollywood

Another tried and true trail is one that involves Griffith Observatory. There are several trails leading to the observatory but I enjoy Mount Hollywood because it offers 360-degree views—including the observatory, Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains! I prefer starting from Western Canyon entrance as it’s a little more challenging and I like working my way up. Round trip from the Western Canyon it’s about four miles. If you prefer to start at the observatory, the trail is a little bit shorter, averaging about three miles. Surprisingly, Tiger Lily handles herself well on this trail. And of course she’s exhausted afterward, but I love seeing her sleep so peacefully after a strenuous hike. A tired pup is a happy pup, in my opinion!
 

Wisdom Tree Hike

The Wisdom Tree hike is another destination to experience. It’s a three-mile out and back trail but it’s important to note, the path is very rugged. Just make sure to watch your (and your pups) step! At the tree, there is a box for visitors to leave notes. This is LA so, of course, there are business cards for networking left in there. You can leave any kind of letter you’d like, though. Show your dog a little extra admiration after the hike with a love note! 
 

In my opinion, fresh air and a little extra exercise with your furry friend is never a bad idea, no matter where you live. In case you don’t live close to any of these trails, one resource that has really helped me in identifying where to go around the city is HikeSpeak. You can search by distance, dog-friendly hikes, and location. Happy hiking!

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Wisdom Tree Hike

The Wisdom Tree hike is another destination to experience. It’s a three-mile out and back trail but it’s important to note, the path is very rugged. Just make sure to watch your (and your pups) step! At the tree, there is a box for visitors to leave notes. This is LA so, of course, there are business cards for networking left in there. You can leave any kind of letter you’d like, though. Show your dog a little extra admiration after the hike with a love note! 
 

In my opinion, fresh air and a little extra exercise with your furry friend is never a bad idea, no matter where you live. In case you don’t live close to any of these trails, one resource that has really helped me in identifying where to go around the city is HikeSpeak. You can search by distance, dog-friendly hikes, and location. Happy hiking!

Rachel Rhee
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Rachel Rhee
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About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
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Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Bree Lewis
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About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!