Take it Outside!
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you… while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
-Preservationist and Sierra Club founder John Muir (1838-1914)
As the spring sun continues to shine on us, I feel constantly called to the outdoors: to feel sun on my skin, grass on my feet… and to even hug some trees! Nature is a refuge for me to clear my mind and enliven my spirit. So it is no surprise that during this time of the year, you can often find me taking my yoga practice out of the studio.
Top 5 things I recommend for yoga outside:
1. Scope out your local parks. Find a nice grassy area that’s fairly flat and has enough sun or shade to keep your comfortable. Be fearless to try new locations, and remember that a nice big tree can be perfect for kicking up into inversions!
2. Bring a light towel, or practice right on the grass. Skidless makes great mat size towels perfect for setting up in the park.
3. Wear sunscreen… Because you know you should.
4. Be Confident! Be proud of taking your yoga practice out into a public setting. If you catch a few looks from people, let it be an added challenge to keep your focus inward and on your own breath. Who knows, maybe you will inspire others to try yoga too!
5. Have fun. Let your yoga practice outside be a celebration of life and an exploration of your being. Remark in the subtle sensations of the light and air on your skin. Meditate on the sounds of birds, insects, people, cars: absorb the sounds of life all around you.
Experience the benefits of yoga combined with the therapeutic qualities of time spent in nature!
And, if you’re looking for a yoga experience in nature, BEYOND just the park, you can join Heather for a Yoga Retreat next month!
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)