Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we do not take the opportunity to connect with nature. Practicing yoga outside and being able to breathe fresh air, feel a cool breeze and/or the warmth of the sun on your skin, and see the natural beauty that surrounds us adds a new dimension to the practice.
Many people never get the opportunity to practice yoga; maybe they have some preconceived ideas about what it is; so having a yoga practice outside takes the mystery out of the practice. Many of the “regulars” that I have in my park classes started out as people who were passing by and had previously thought they could never do yoga.
Here are a few more benefits:
*Standing on different surfaces helps to develop your balance
*There isn’t a space issue
*It’s a good way to develop your focus and “Zen”
*You get to be part of the larger community
*Connecting with nature helps to rekindle that sense of gratefulness
So the next time you have the opportunity, grab your mat, bring a friend and plan on having fun practicing yoga outdoors!
I hated my first yin class, yep I said it! I couldn’t calm my mind down long enough to appreciate the process. I even had an attitude about it, like it wasn’t as good as all the other yoga classes, (Really?). All personality Type As’ . . . this is the class for you to balance out all your other yang activities! (Yin is good for everyone though).
Eventually, I realized that I needed to add yin to my life. Yin has allowed me to have access to postures that I never thought I would be able to do; my practice has become safer and more enjoyable for me. Most of the aches and pains that I thought were inevitable due to age are no longer present in my body, my struggle with lifelong insomnia has almost vanished, and meditation has become much easier, and is now a must for me.This has allowed me to become much more intuned with myself and has positively influenced every aspect of my life.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.