Outdoor Yoga classes add a different dimension to one’s practice and are brings you down to its original link with nature. “Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practiced outdoors it is the oneness with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt,”
One of the yoga’s beauties as you can do it anywhere. This encouraged us to bring yoga outdoor. I am teaching outdoor from last 2 years during the summers at one of the most beautiful city of Germany – Heidelberg. My students feel inspired and energetic, always return with friends and colleagues to share this beautiful experience under the blue sky, fresh breeze and ambient sounds of nature. It also inspired me to start a project with a vision to enable other yoga and wellness teachers to bring their students/ pupils outdoor or anywhere using www.yogaat.de. (we vision to develop a platform that does all the admin stuff, payment and connecting teachers with their audience.
Coming back to the topic, Nature enhances your practice in an entirely different way than a studio does. A recent Swedish study found viewing nature, especially fractals (the organically occurring patterns in tree branches and fern leaves for example), increased wakeful relaxation and internal focus—two pretty important components of a rewarding yoga practice. “It makes sense to practice inside during inclement/ rain or cold weather,” says Amos Clifford, director of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy. “But, when did we forget to take our practice outside on a glorious day?”
4 Ways the Outdoors Yoga enhance your well-being
“Nature connects us to our roots,” as many philosophers and Yoga masters say “The grass, the ocean, the trees are all part of our primeval world. It is where we feel most at home.” While a vigorous hike has its own benefits, practicing yoga outside can transform a stagnant routine into a heightened experience. Here, four ways that work.
1. Spending time in nature can bring more energy.
Our nervous system evolved in a way that punctuates moments of stress with bursts of energy—a survival tactic used when we were part of the hunter-gatherer community. 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 vigor and increased vitality, We say that’s fuel for a Vinyasa flow and meditation.
2. Natural scenery can heighten awareness.
When you leave the four walls of a 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. I can really feel the oxygen flowing through me, clearing my mind and empowering my practice.” says many of our students. What’s more, researchers at the University of Southern 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. PLUS: a slightly uneven surface engages and strengthens your core.
3. Practicing yoga in a new environment can build confidence.
Find your edge—no, we don’t mean balancing on a side of a cliff. Practicing outside for the first time can feel awkward. It is easy to feel self-conscious when you’re used 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 sun rays.
4. The outdoors can further boost meditation’s 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, countless studies, show that people who are exposed to a forest environment versus an urban/ city environment had a lower concentration of the stress hormone cortisol. Remember – Buddha didn’t get enlightenment indoors 🙂
So, Enjoy the summers and doing Yoga outdoor. In our classes, you will meet amazing people, would enjoy the amazing scenery of Heidelberg and feel good after your yoga class.
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