Taking your yoga outdoors for a deeper connection
Whether you practise yoga three times a week, are a Saturday regular or a newbie, you can increase the benefits of your activity by taking your mat outside. Outdoor yoga can differ from indoor yoga. It’s a complementary experience that can enrich your practice and here’s why.
Deepening your connection
Practising yoga outdoors helps us disconnect from everyday life, to reconnect with nature, to find our source and our roots. It’s not only the spiritual aspect of practising yoga outdoors that can help you feel more grounded, but the literal connection of your feet to the earth that has significant benefits as well. For example, walking barefoot allows the multiple joints and muscles in your feet to stretch and stabilize.
Stretching your comfort zone
You may not be completely comfortable with your first outdoor yoga experience. It’s easier to practise in a closed environment that you are used to. Habit creates a sense of security, but stepping out of your comfort zone gives rise to a whole new interpretation of the yoga session. Imagine a sun salutation under the sun, tree pose rooted beside a spruce tree, or mountain pose on the top of a mountain!
Improving your balance
Finding balance on a mat, with two feet in the grass, or on a rocky surface are all different experiences! The uneven nature of the ground will strengthen your ankles and your muscles in general and you will have to deepen your concentration in order to keep your balance. Taking your practice into nature is a way of reminding yourself that we are all part of something much bigger. Try it out and enjoy the benefits.
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Jessica Humphries est entraîneuse certifiée, coach santé et conceptrice de programmes d’entraînement physique en plein air offerts à longueur d’année. Diplômée de l’Université McGill, elle détient un baccalauréat en éducation physique et kinésiologie. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire est un professionnel de la santé qui a fait ses études universitaires en médecine sportive et nutritionnelle et administration des affaires. Ce qui le passionne depuis plus de 20 ans est d'accompagner sa clientèle très variée (enfants, adolescents et adultes) vers l'optimisation de leur santé afin de les aider à vivre au quotidien avec plus d'énergie et de vitalité. / Jessica Humphries is a certified natural trainer in functional fitness, yoga instructor, healthy lifestyle coach and the designer of year-round nature fitness training programs. She graduated from McGill University with a BEd in physical education and kinesiology. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire is a health professional who completed his university studies in sports and nutritional medicine and business administration. For more than 20 years his passion has been to accompany his wide range of clients (children, teens and adults) in the optimization of their health to help them live their daily lives with more energy and vitality. enerj.ca