The Spiritual Quest of Yogini Janine through an Epic Solo-Hike (Episode #52)

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About the Podcast Guest:

Janine is a San Diego-based yoga instructor who had always enjoyed the outdoors. When she first moved to California she was immediately drawn to the stunning views of the mountains accessible through local hiking trails.

Early on she became aware of and deeply curious about the Pacific Crest Trail.

The more she learned about this trail, the more she became convinced that she would undertake this backpacking adventure which spans 2,650 miles, from Canada to Mexico.

Janine goes on to accomplish this epic trail in 5 months with very few “zero days” and replenishing moments.

For Janine, this deeply challenging hike would become the Spiritual Quest that would test her on every level.

This journey would at times feel deeply isolating and lonely. During those difficult moments, she would frequently remind herself of the Rumi quote, “Whenever you are alone, remind yourself that God has sent everyone else away so that there is only you and Him.”

Most movement methods require bringing attention to our body. When Janine decided to take on the most epic hiking adventure of her life, she knew she’d need to train her body for focused attention, endurance, strength, and stamina.

Her years of yoga training became instrumental in aligning her mind, body, and breath as she prepare for her hike.

This year, in the summer of 2022, she will embark on the final 650+ miles in Northern CA (which was closed last year due to fires).

In between thru-hikes, you can find Janine in North County San Diego gyms and studios and online teaching a wide variety of yoga styles. She believes every person can accomplish greatness, be it on the trail or in normal life.

Follow her here: https://www.instagram.com/therealyogini/