There are so many benefits to practicing yoga in the outdoors, but overall it is truly a shift in perspective. The moment you engage yourself in yoga in the natural environment you will feel an energy that indoor facilities cannot seem to recreate. It is an overwhelming feeling when you connect with the greatest of living things, our planet.
Yoga outdoors does come with a certain unpredictability, but I encourage you to embrace the true practice of yoga, taking it off the mat and into real life. Embracing and being at peace with the bugs, noises, car alarms, wind, hot sun, rain, and uneven ground. When we welcome these elements we become stronger in all aspects of our practice and our life. Our minds quiet to the noisy world around us, and we learn to accept things as they are. This forces us to let go of our requirements about how life should be and just let go a little. This is living yoga, and it makes for a very well rounded practice.
Here are 5 things to consider before an outdoor yoga class:
1. Mat or not – I say bring one along and if you find it annoys you roll it up.
2. Sunscreen – Bring some SPF (Sun Protection Factor).
3. Beverage – Hydrate.
4. Bug spray – Try a natural, essential oil bug repellent if you need one.
5. Weather – Check it, plan your outfit accordingly and wear layers if it is
uncertain. If it were to rain, Yoga Camp would move
Practice your yoga - Class may start a few minutes late, it may take longer to get settled in that you planned, breathe, this is a live event.
Remember to unplug, relax and enjoy yourself. Slow down and celebrate the summer.