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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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Cardio

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
Written by
Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
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.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
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Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.