Good weather is the perfect time to take your yoga practice al fresco.
Whether it’s mountaintop yoga after a beautiful hike, beach yoga with waves lapping at the shore or the sensational olfactory experience of yoga in a garden, practicing yoga outdoors brings us closer to nature and even more into the present moment.
Here is our list of essentials for outdoor yoga:
A Cushy Mat:
Nature is not as smooth as a studio floor, so you’ll want something with a little more give to cover little branches or rocks. You can also stack two on top of each other or use a yoga blanket.
Unless you want to bring the outdoors back indoors with you, a towel is a must. Use it to towel off after class, after a post yoga dip in the water and especially to brush all the dirt/sand/pine needles off your mat.
Make sure to slather it on. It’ll keep you from burning and help to avoid awkward tan lines.
Make sure to stay hydrated and listen to your body. Even if you don’t bring it to your studio classes.
Unless you own a private island or acreage, there’s a good chance someone will see you doing yoga outside. You might have your photo taken by a tourist, be the centre of someone’s conversation or feel a few eyes awkwardly watching you. Don’t let this throw off your focus. Consider yourself an ambassador of yoga, smile and if you need to, close your eyes.
A Sense of Humour:
Outdoor yoga is very different from studio yoga. The ground is uneven, the lighting is different, the sounds are different, even the smell is different (fresh air). As a result, the same indoor postures bring about new challenges outdoors and you might feel a little discouraged. If you feel a little wobbly or fall, laugh it off. It’s all part of the experience. Just enjoy being outside and soak up as much Vitamin D as possible.