4 Recommendations for Outdoor Yoga Practice
What can be better than a yoga session outdoors? Just imagine breathing the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, and taking in the beauty of the outside. It’s hard to think of a better atmosphere for a restoring yoga practice. Here are some tips for you to make the most of your outdoor yoga time.
Listen to the sounds of nature
Even if you can’t imagine a yoga practice without soothing music on the background, make an exception for your outdoor practice. There is so much you can listen to when practicing yoga outside: the singing of the birds, the noise of the leaves, or the sound of ocean waves. You’ll benefit more from your practice if you allow yourself to immerse in the sounds of nature.
Choose your yoga time wisely
Ayurveda recommends moving your exercise time to the early morning hours in the summer. The sun isn’t scorching hot and the awakening nature gives you an additional portion of energy. Don’t practise around midday and when it’s hot outside, you don’t want to get sunburnt or to get tan lines shaped as your favorite yoga outfit.
Take a yoga blanket or a towel
Yoga mats are not always the best option for an outdoor practice since they often fold and bunch on uneven surfaces . Consider taking a yoga blanket or a towel instead, those are also very easy to wash. In case you opt for a yoga mat, make sure to read this post on keeping your yoga mat clean.
Master your balance poses
The slightly uneven surface will engage and strengthen secondary muscles in your feet, legs and spine. After you've practised balance asanas outside, you'll find it a lot easier to do them in the studio. Use the chance to take your Vriksasana and Garudasana to another level.
So, find a delightful place for your outdoor yoga practice, pack your blanket, water and sunscreen and enjoy the moments of union with nature. Perfect way to get the taste of summer!