5 Reasons to Practice Yoga Outside

3 Jul 2018 | 0 comments

1. LOOK UP TO THE SKY

When you reach your hands down to the earth, you can literally touch the earth. Feel the grass between your fingers. Spy little animals pass you by. And when you turn your gaze up to the sky, you can literally look at the sky. See the clouds moving in the breeze. Watch birds gliding through the air.

Physically moving our bodies and engaging with nature as it surrounds us inspires a sense of connection with the earth and appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature. It’s a nudge to remember that we don’t just live in our own little bubbles, but we are a part of a greater scheme of life.

2. THE ADDED BENEFITS OF EARTHING

Walking barefoot is good for your feet because it allows the many, many muscles and joints in your feet, ankles, and toes to work in a way that they don’t normally do while constricted in shoes. Even indoor yoga helps with this because we practice yoga barefoot anyway. BUT, let’s take it to the next level and practice barefoot outside.

Earthing (also known as grounding) is the scientific concept of receiving the Earth’s surface electrons through the physical connection between skin and the ground. Electrons are charged particles found in atoms - the building blocks of matter. In a paper published by the Journal of Environmental Public Health, the authors state that,

“It is an established, though not widely appreciated fact, that the Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons. The surface of the planet is electrically conductive (except in limited ultra dry areas such as deserts), and its negative potential is maintained (i.e., its electron supply replenished) by the global atmospheric electrical circuit.”

Talk about energy. The authors believe that reconnecting our bodies with the earth has many benefits including reduced pain and better sleep due to the effect that this energy has on our hormone levels (like the stress hormone cortisol) and free radical oxidation.

3. GET INSPIRED

Many yoga poses gained their names from plants and animals. Practicing yoga outside allows the yogi to embody the sense of the pose while looking at what inspired it.

For example, harness the stability and strength of a tree while you stand grounded in Vrksasana (Tree pose). Take flight into Bakasana (Crow pose) and feel like the birds flying above you!

4. BE MORE PRESENT

Being surrounded by nature awakens our senses. Our eyes can see long distances and natural colours, instead of the tiny, blue-light screen of our phones that our eyes are so often glued to. Our ears can pick up birds chirping in the distance and the breeze blowing around us. Our skin absorbs the warmth of the sunshine’s natural heat waves. With these senses awakened, we can be more present in life in each moment with no distractions.

Spending time outside also reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. With lower levels of stress, we can ease into a deeper state of relaxation and enjoy the present moment.

5. A DOSE OF VITAMIN D

Sit your body under some sunshine. It is very common for Vitamin D levels to decrease during the winter months, so when the sun’s out, you get the all-natural source for the essential Vitamin D.

Tania Brown is an inspirational yoga teacher passionate about promoting health, vitality and wellbeing through yoga, but in a light hearted and fun way. She runs weekends of dynamic Hatha yoga and relaxation here on our woodland platform. 

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