How It Started...
Sheila and Nicole met in 2011 through a mutual friend and immediately became best friends. We share a deep love of nature and Yoga (not just posture practice, but yoga philosophy in its entirety!) and wanted to be able to connect both passions together.
We found ourselves searching for a group of like minded people that got together to hike and backpack. We couldn't find one so we created it! Deciding, "if we build it, they will come!" we created a Facebook group called Wanderers. We shared gear questions, advice and experience and began to meet up with random members of the Facebook group. A community of people who also shared a love of hiking and yoga began to form.
In early 2016, we began training for our first multi-day backpacking trip to Havasu Falls in Grand Canyon. We had no idea what we were doing, but we knew we could figure it out together. Equipped with the knowledge gained and shared within our community, our first year of consistent hiking took us to the mountains of Colorado, all over Alaska, Sri Lanka, The Appalachian Trail, Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Northern Arkansas and all over Missouri.
Through our weekly hikes, our weekend escapes, and our week long adventures, we became happier, stronger and better people. We received feedback from the community that others "wished they could join us" but were too afraid or nervous to take the plunge into the magic of the woods. Through Yoga Hikes STL we seek to fill a void in our community and let others be filled up with the peace and joy that yoga and nature bring. We are thrilled to add Yoga and Hiking together and share it with the St Louis Community.
is a Wandering Eclectic Free Spirited ERYT 200/RYT 500 Yoga Teacher/Student, Professional Photographer and working toward her Hiking Guide Certification.
Sheila feels honored to meet and connect with so many like minded individuals through her profession. She believes that we are here to completely love and experience life to the fullest. This means that we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the universe to figure out how to do that. As Yoga Practitioners, we use the tool of inquiry to look at the world. Inquiry gives us the opportunity to become aware of the deeper workings of our minds and hearts.
contact Sheila: www.sheiladugopolski.com
co-owns Dudas Fitness, a thriving Personal Training Studio in St. Charles County. She has her BS in Developmental Psychology, is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and specializes in Functional Movement and Corrective Exercise. She is a 500 hour Registered Yoga teacher, and is currently in the Yoga Therapy Program through Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper Arkansas.
Nicole is an old soul and a child at heart. She is passionate about adventure and overcoming her fears. She loves being barefoot and is known for her boisterous, spontaneous laughter.
contact Nicole: www.justdudas.com