Outdoor Yoga adds a different dimension to one’s practice and it brings you down to its original link with nature. “Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practised outdoors it is the oneness with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt,”
I am teaching Outdoor Yoga for the last 4 years in Heidelberg (Germany). The feedback has always been amazing. Students feel inspired and energetic, always return with friends to share this beautiful experience. Outdoor Yoga is a fun way enjoying mind-body work under the blue sky, fresh breeze and ambient sounds of nature.
Top Outdoor Yoga Benefits
“We find at home in Nature ” as many philosophers and Yoga masters say “The grass, the ocean, the trees are all part of our ancient world. Practising yoga outdoors can transform a dull routine into a heightened experience. Here are 4 top outdoor yoga benefits to motivate you.
1. Gain More Energy through Outdoor Yoga
Our nervous system evolved in a way that directs the moments of stress with bursts of energy—a survival tactic used when we were part of the hunter-gatherer times. Spending time outside sends signals to the brain that the body is back in its native environment and recalibrate itself to stay focused. Not surprisingly, when people spend time in an outdoor setting, feelings of vigour and increased vitality, We say that’s fuel for an Outdoor Yoga and meditation session.
2. Increases Awareness
When you leave the four walls of a yoga shala/ studio, all of your senses wake up—scent, sight, and touch, in particular, activate parts of the brain that make you more present. “Fresh air heightens breath awareness saying to oneself, “I can really feel the oxygen flowing through me, clearing my mind and empowering my practice.” Researchers at the University of California found that looking at beautiful scenery releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that bring us pleasure. Touching grass or a sandy beach further provides stimulation. And, a slightly uneven surface engages and strengthens your core 😉
3. Outdoor Yoga builds Confidence
You will discover a self-conscious side of you, Loud and Clear. This will wipe away slowly when you start practising outdoor yoga. It is ok to feel self-conscious when you’re not used to practising in an open environment. While familiarity brings security, stepping outside your comfort zone opens a gateway to an entirely new version of your yoga practice. Imagine the power of sun salutations under actual sun rays, inhaling the freshest air.
4. Outdoor Practice can help you to Meditate Better
Many studies 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. Many studies show that outdoor environment has a lower concentration of the stress hormone cortisol. Hense outdoors is the way to experience your Concentration/ Meditation. Remember – Buddha didn’t get enlightenment indoors 🙂
Come outside and enjoy Outdoor Yoga. You often meet amazing people, would enjoy the beautiful scenery and feel good. Do you know more benefits? Let me know in comments and I make sure to add them here!