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How Outdoor Yoga Can Change Your Practice

Ahh, summertime!! Kids are out of school, the temperatures are steadily rising, and the days are longer and sweeter. Summer is a great time to shake up your exercise routine, as well! If you normally head to the studio for your weekly, or daily classes, try practicing outdoor yoga a few times this month and see how it feels. Grab your yoga mat and head to your backyard, or your favorite park, and just flow. You might be surprised at the benefits!

5 Reasons to Try Outdoor Yoga

It’s liberating

Practicing yoga outdoors is liberating. There is a freedom that comes from being outside that is tangible: you can feel the breeze, the grass under your mat, and see the sky above you. Enjoy this liberation as you flow and stretch, and you might just feel your mood lift even more than in a normal yoga class!

It reminds you to stay present Outdoor Yoga

As liberating as it is, practicing yoga outdoors can also be distracting. Staying present during a yoga practice is hard enough even in a yoga studio with minimal distractions, so being outside can be a huge challenge. There are sounds, bugs, sights, animals, and many other distractions that could easily pull you away from your practice. So, use it as a reminder to stay present. Focus on your breath. Stay in the moment. Don’t worry what’s going on around you.

It lets you be creative

Going to a yoga class with an instructor to guide you is a great experience, but sometimes it is fun to just flow on our own. Practicing outside lets you do just that. With no teacher to tell you which poses to do, you can tune into your body’s own ability to communicate and tell you which poses it wants to do. It can be messy, and that’s okay! Does your body want to do triangle pose, and then just lay down in a mini savasana for a few minutes before continuing on? Do it! Let yourself be creative with your outdoor yoga flow. There are no rules- just do what feels good.

It shakes up your routine

Many of us get into a routine. Wake up, go to work, go to yoga/the gym, go home, go to sleep, etc. Shaking up this routine and adding in something new and unexpected can be really refreshing and fun. Take the time you allot for your workout and change up the setting with some outdoor yoga to give your routine a little break. You might feel extra refreshed and renewed from the change of scenery.

It gives you an extra hour of sunshine

Sunshine is good for the body, mind, and spirit. It has mood lifting benefits, it can trigger the release of serotonin, and vitamin D plays a big part in bone health. Outdoor yoga gives us all these benefits of sunshine, plus the many benefits of yoga, so it’s a win-win!  

So, will you try practicing yoga outside this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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