Benefits Of Yoga Outdoors
Posted On June 3, 2020
Picture this: you on your yoga mat, breathing in some fresh air with a river view as you feel the grass beneath your feet. What could be better?
Practicing yoga outdoors has some huge benefits to your mental and physical well-being. Not only is it good for the body, but it’s good for the soul. We are outdoorsy creatures who thrive when we’re outside. Combine that with a practice designed to nourish your mind and soul anyway and you’re onto a winner.
In this post, I’ll be walking you through the benefits of doing yoga outdoors, what’s great about it, what to consider and how you can get started.
Benefit 1: connect with nature (and yourself)
Do you like nature? Do you like yoga? If the answer to these are both yes, you might have already tried doing yoga outdoors. And why wouldn’t you?
Practicing yoga outdoors really brings a new sense of variety to your routine and practice. It allows you to truly connect to the world around you. Those of you who have been practicing yoga for a little bit will already know how much of a spiritual practice it is. And if you’ve been guided by some great teachers, you’ll have been encouraged to meditate on having compassion for the world around you and the creatures in it.
Doing this whilst meditating in a yoga studio is one thing, but doing this whilst outside actually amongst the nature and creatures is another. This can really ground and centre you on what is important in your life.
That feeling you get when you’re grounded and connected to everything around you? That’s what you’ll feel when you practice yoga outdoors.
Benefit 2: increase your energy flow
Leading on from that feeling of being connected and at peace with the world around you, this can obviously really increase your energy flow. Maybe your current yoga routine has felt a bit stagnant lately or maybe you’re just wanting to switch it up.
A breath of fresh air and some mountain views might be exactly what your practice needs right now. When you practice yoga outdoors, you might feel a new lease of life. You might feel a sense of increased energy that you know you wouldn’t have got in the yoga studio.
Practicing yoga outdoors enables you to feel some new energy, some new sounds and therefore bring something new to your practice and as yoga beginners, it’s important that we follow our curiosity and see what works best so that we can find out what we really like in our yoga practice.
Benefit 3: build confidence
As we are all beginners here, it’s natural that we might not feel too confident when practicing yoga at the moment. But there will come a time when you do feel confidence and you feel like you (finally!) know what you’re doing!
And that time is when you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone even further. Being out of your comfort zone is where you really grow. And growth is what we’re all aiming for, right?
Practicing yoga outdoors not only brings something new to your yoga practice, but it brings something new to yourself. It might make you feel a little shaky or unsure, but once you overcome that barrier, you have instilled in you a newfound confidence that you can do your yoga anywhere, anytime.
Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to show off your new skills to everyone who passes by!
What to consider
If this is sounding like it’s something for you, then there might be just a few things you’ll want to consider:
1. Yoga mat
Now, I usually say that a yoga mat is not completely essential for starting a yoga practice. And this is right, you could use a towel. However, when starting yoga outside I do think it’s important to set yourself up properly. When you’re in the comfort of a yoga studio, you can be pretty certain that the floor is flat and there’s nothing there that will trip you up.
Of course, this isn’t the case when you are outside. There might be uneven terrain and things you just wouldn’t want to stand on. To avoid injury and interruption to your yoga practice, investing in a good quality yoga mat is a must. I have some recommendations here for you to check out.
2. Time of day
I suppose when starting to practice yoga outdoors it’s important to think about where you’ll be practicing and some practical considerations you’ll need to make. One of these is the time of day. This won’t be an issue if you’re simply practicing in your back garden for example. However, if you’re heading to a fairly busy park in the middle of the day, you might have some more interruptions or noise that might just throw you off balance.
The end goal would obviously be to not be distracted by these things however when starting something new, as I always say, it’s important that we’re kind to ourselves and set ourselves up for success. And in this case, it might be a good idea to think about practicing either earlier in the morning or a little later in the evening so you can soak up the beauty of nature uninterrupted.
Another practical consideration to make is the weather. Practicing outdoors is going to be a very pleasant experience when the sun is shining, however less so when rain makes an appearance.
On the other hand, that’s surely one for the bucket list – yoga in the rain?
How to get started
So this is all sounding great but you don’t know how to get going? Well, here are the steps you can take:
1. get yourself a yoga mat
2. find an outdoors space where you won’t be interrupted
3. start with a yoga flow you’re familiar with and enjoy!
Simple as that. Practicing yoga outdoors doesn’t have to be a huge uncomfortable step to take. It can be easy and it can be simple. And it should be!
Let me know how you find it.