When it comes to finding a way to take a break from it all, focus on what’s important and give your muscles and body a good stretch, look no further. Yoga is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some much needed “me time”. This can be made all the more special by heading outside to spend time in nature, taking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. With everything going on in the world at the moment, finding some beauty and calmness in it all is important.
Of course, practising indoors – at home or in a studio – has its own benefits and provides a safe space to embrace mindfulness. In the same breath, having people around you can be intimidating and off-putting. So, this is where going outside for a quick escape comes in handy.
Using Nature To Enhance Your Practice
Research has found that spending time outdoors can cause the brain to send signals to the body, indicating the return to its natural environment and leaving you feeling replenish and energised as a result. The fresh air can also help to heighten your awareness as the breeze creates a relaxing environment. As a result, you can relax, take in your surroundings, and improve your mood.
It also provides a space for you to break free and boost your confidence, away from the pressures of life and group classes. By giving you the freedom to express yourself, you are able to perform better which also contributes to a more positive self-image.
Many people find it easier to meditate while sitting outside in the peace and quiet, which can help lower your stress levels and bring you back to a more relaxed state.
How to choose the best outdoor spot for yoga
Find a space that is private and promotes a safe space. Your garden is the most obvious – and easily accessible – spot and should be at the top of your list. Of course, heading outside comes with the potential to get dirty, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Alternatively, ensure that the area you will be practising is clean and dirt free.
Your space needs to be quiet, so save betting for the Dota International for later! It also needs to be safe and have a flat surface that will assist in keeping you balanced during your practice. Clear the area of rocks and leaves, and if it happens to be wet, either dry it or try and find another yoga spot. Once you start your practice, take your time and be present in the moment. Another point worth mentioning is checking the weather beforehand so that you can prepare accordingly.
Don’t forget your mat, towel and water bottle when heading outside, and wear sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn – just be sure to wipe it off your hands to ensure that you have grip.