Journey to the Heart on the Loudoun Wine Trail
Yoga on the Wine Trail at Hiddencroft Vineyards
Meet the wine maker, also the owner, in his beautiful open air barn, tasting house, and vineyard deep in the heart of Loudoun County, Virginia. Rich with history, you can feel the strength of spirit here. It is with heart, love, and passion his wines are aged and hand crafted to perfection. This wine matches our practice, carefully combined to engage the deepest
human sense of smell, touch, taste, giving and energy that surrounds the dedication to what we love. This Natarajasana, Prana sequenced practice is a beautiful barn dance with the wind blowing through our bodies…
There are those moments when we get in our own way blocking us from seeing, feeling, doing, saying, and breathing. There are those moments when we get out of our own way unblocking us to see, do, say, breath, love, grow, give, create, live, smile, spread our feathers and FLY riding the breath of the universe…
Erin started students in a bound meditaion with Mexican blankets to prop up the back and allow the ribs and lungs to open in Supta Baddha Konasana. Breathing openly, fresh air lets the mind freely re
lease thoughts while beginning to remove gravity from shoulders in a reclined and relaxed meditation. We all rise to the sound sounds of the singing bowl making the path led by vineyard staff through the apple orchard to the vineyards, row after row of lush vines. Deep in the summer, the heat and humidity fills our lungs while travelling slowly through the grapes, soaking up the sunshine.
Yoga – Heart Opening Practice
♣ Chakra: The Forth Chakra, the Anahata Chakra, is physically positioned at the heart region. Traditionally, this Chakra is represented as a green flower with twelve petals which match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.
♣ Element: Air
♣ Color: Green
♣ Animal: Antelope (deer)
♣ Body Parts: Heart, Skin, Lungs, Thymus, Blood, Lymph, Immune System
♣ Planet: Venus
♣ Focus: “When energy is not flowing freely from the heart there is a disruption of love, balance, harmony, peace, brotherhood, hope, growth or healing. When blocked there can be an inability to express or share any deep emotions including joy, fear, sadness or serenity. This Chakra is fed by finding your passion and following your heart. Having faith, find ways to express yourself and practicing appreciation, balancing giving and receiving ,and forgiveness of yourself or others.”
We return to our mats for a heart opening practice with Lara that begins in Utthita Balasana (extended child’s pose). When the knees are apart, allowing the rib cage to sink deeper, the arms are extended forward to help length in the spine and begin opening shoulders and chest. Our peak asanas, stages, or modifications are reached through poses placed in sequences to repeat, build, and open the heart, chest, and shoulders allowing for absolute freedom of breath and body movement. Natarajasana (King Dancer or Lord of the Dance), Urdva Danurasana (upward bow), Ustrasana (camel), and Salabhasana (locust) is the family of asanas.
Opening dedication is mind and body opening wave through hearts center. Making our way through Moon Salutations breathing in the warm summer air to progressive sequence including balance. As the birds fly through the barn doors each inhale and rise to Tadasana brings the gaze upward. Visual movement through air allows each moment to be present.
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Anais Nin
Wine at Hiddencroft Vineyards
Hiddencroft is located in the far corner of Lovettsville, Virginia. From our Purcellville Yoga Studio on East Main Street, a short drive down 287 taking a left turn down a scenic dirt road seems like a journey back in time. We sampled a large tasting menu with the winemaker and owner. Our light fare lunch was provided by South Street Under in Leesburg, Virginia and the carefully prepared selections were paired with wine following the tasting.
Clyde ages his wine between 22 and 42 months! The blueberry and cherry fruit wines were not something many of our yogis have tried before. Such a nice treat captured in the bottles of Grandma’s Love Potion ties up the knot of love with blueberries – absolutely delicious! The Sweet Cherry was purchased by many this time around to enjoy with cool desserts of the summer. We sold almost 30 bottles of wine to our yogis returning to their homes to share with their family & friends.
The Wine Selection
Here are the wines offered by Hiddencroft. A “hidden gem” tucked far out of the way of highway noise, clutter of visual distractions, and full of warmth to share. Walking through the path to the 1830′s tasting house feels like passing through time to a unique piece of history now captured and enjoyed with the wonderful wine country we are so lucky to call home. We are all grateful for the hospitality and custom vineyard tour during our meditation walk. Yoga and Wine in Loudoun County & Yoga on the Wine Trail is so pleased to have experienced the heart of the people that create wine here on a farm now cherished for generations past, present, and future. Cheers!
Chambourcin Rose (2011) – $19Wine
Flavors of strawberries and tart summer plums. Lovely mauve color. Dry and crisp. Excellent served as an aperitif or wine cocktail.
Traminette (2011) – $18 (Dry)
Traminette (2011) –
$18On Sale for $15! (1.5% res. sugar)
Two versions available: one dry and crisp; the other semi-sweet. A nose of old fashioned roses and honeysuckle. Ap
ple at the mid-palate and a spicy tingle on the finish. Excellent when served with spicy, ethnic cuisine.
Vidal Blanc (2010) – $20 (1.5% res. sugar)
Subtle notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Excellent with grilled chicken, ribs, seafood and tropical salsas.
Chambourcin (2009) – $23 Released December 2012
Cabernet Franc (N/V) – $23 Released December 2012
Cellar aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 3 and 1/2 years. This blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot is a great balance of fruit, oak and tannins that will blossom in your cellar for years to come.
Dutchman’s Creek Blend – $23
Our red blend displays a complex palate with a smooth finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat have been blended for a great balance of fruit, oak and tannan. The perfect wine to complement your favorite dish of beef, lamb or wild game.
Tannat (2008) – $40
Barrel-aged for 42 months. This wine has a firm tannic structure, dense purple-red-color, a nose of tobacco, smoke, ripe berries, and a long angular finish. Enjoy it now or lay it down in your cellar to be enjoyed in 5-7 years.
Sweet Cherry (2011) –
$23On Sale for $20! (750ml)
Grandma’s Love Potion – $24 (500ml) Our 2011 Vintage!
The dictionary defines love potion as “a magic drink supposed to arouse passion for a certain person in the one who drinks it.” While we make no such claim, we are certain you will passionately enjoy this unique wine with pate, game, or port, and for dessert with ice cream, creme brulee, and bread pudding or plum pudding with hard sauce.
This charming winery was started in 2008 by Clyde and Terry Housel. Please visit them at http://www.hiddencroftvineyards.com/- browse the current calendar of events, future summer wine & music in the barn, and learn about the family owned and operated farm.
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Namaste & Cheers!
Yoga on the Wine Trail Yogis