June 27 2016 – Hana Difrawy
Yoga is all about being with nature. Doing yoga exercises in the outdoor is one of the best ways to truly experience the benefits of yoga.
Yoga outdoors inspires us to bring the practice into other aspects of life, and reminds us of our deep and timeless roots in nature.
4 Benefits of Practicing Yoga Outdoors :
1. Spending time in nature can nourish depleted energy.
Spending time outside sends signals to the brain that the body is back in its native environment and recalibrates itself to stay alert, says Clifford. Not surprisingly, when people spend time in a forested setting, feelings of vigor and vitality are increased, according to a study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We say that’s fuel for a dynamic Vinyasa flow.
2. Natural scenery can heighten awareness.
Touching grass or a sandy beach further provides stimulation. Bonus: a slightly uneven surface engages and strengthens your core. As we become more fluent in processing a sensory experience it morphs into a sensuous experience that shuts off the list-making part of our brain and zeros in on the now.
3. Practicing Yoga can build confidence.
Practicing outside for the first time can feel awkward. It is easy to feel self-conscious when you're use to practicing in a set environment. While familiarity brings security, stepping outside your comfort zone opens a gateway to an entirely new interpretation of your yoga practice. Imagine the power of sun salutations under actual sunrays or the vivacity of a tree pose while focusing on a real tree instead of a spot on the wall. A new environment can build confidence.
4. The outdoors can further boost meditation benefits.
Scientists have already shown that those who meditate on a regular basis have a smaller amygdala, the part of the brain that is responsible for managing the fight-or-flight response. Coincidentally, field studies, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, show that people who were exposed to a forest environment versus an urban environment had a lower concentration of the stress hormone cortisol.