Aligning with Nature

4-day Yoga and Ayurveda Backpack

with Jana Kilgore and Jon-Paul Salonen
Aligning with Nature
Date: July 23, 2020 - July 26, 2020

Early Bird Price: $595 (by April 24, 2020)
Regular Price: $645
Type of Program:


Delve into the ancient healing art of Ayurveda, while experiencing the soul-soothing power of Yosemite. Join Jana Kilgore and JP Salonen for a fun, engaging study of the elements of Ayurveda & exploration of yoga in the backcountry. Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga and translates to “the knowledge of life”. This science provides an opportunity to learn about ourselves and the world through the perspective of the Five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.

On this 4-day retreat, enjoy delicious food, hiking, yoga practice, and encouraging company, as we explore what it means to lead a life of balance. Experience a rejuvenating journey into Yosemite National Park and the ancient healing art of Ayurveda. Tuition assistance is available.


  • Optional yoga classes each day
  • Morning meditation instruction and practice
  • Learn about Ayurvedic health practices and discover your dosha
  • Hiking and gentle peak climbs in the stunning backcountry of Yosemite
  • Fresh meals include local and organic ingredients

Tentative Itinerary

*Itinerary coming soon.

This program operates rain or shine.

Packing list for this trip available here

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding, campground and permit fees, first-aid supplies, and group gear for camping. Balanced Rock provides delicious and high-quality meals. 

Not Included

Transportation to and from your hometown to Yosemite, park entrance fees, and personal items.

Cancellation Policy available here

Meet Your Guides

Jana Kilgore, E-RYT 500, CAP Jana’s passion for holistic medicine and respect for Nature inform all areas of her life. She has been teaching Yoga since 2000 and integrates her study in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga. A long time Chef, Jana is also a Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Bodyworker and Reiki Master.

Jon-Paul Salonen has explored a wide range of yoga and other philosophies and health modalities. He began teaching yoga classes in 2006. He continues to practice and teach an eclectic and inclusive style of yoga. Yoga that is practical, with basis in accessible Asanas and Pranayama. JP studied Ayurveda, a sister science to Yoga, at the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), and graduated in 2002. He went on to found and work through Blue Oak Ayurveda for the next 14 years, doing body work, individual health consultation and product development. JP is also a Certified Massage therapist, trained in Myofascial release, trigger points and Ayurvedic Abyanga, Shirodhara, and Swedana relaxation and cleansing treatments. In his own rural renaissance way JP tries to be a “Jack of All Ways”: owning his own construction company, guiding Yosemite backpacking trips, catering, DJing and MCing local events, and being a member of the local Search and Rescue team.