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How to Practice Yoga Outside

Practicing outdoor yoga can intensify your yoga experience. The fresh air can help with deeper breaths, the openness of the environment can inspire a more peaceful spiritual connection with nature. Although outdoor yoga can be enjoyable and beneficial, there are several factors to take into consideration before practicing outdoors.

How to Practice Yoga Outside

Find your spot

First, find your spot. Somewhere that is open, and not too close to distractions such as kids playing or lots of foot traffic. Terrain also needs to be considered to help you to decide whether or not a mat is necessary. If your practice is during the day, find some shade to help prevent overheating and exhaustion.

Plan ahead

Bring lots of water, sunscreen and bug spray and take necessary precautions for allergies. If the terrain is rocky, you may want to bring an extra towel or mat for extra padding. If you’ll be in a sandy or grassy area, you may want to leave your mat at home.

Outdoor Practice Benefits

You don’t need to wait for a class to practice yoga outdoors. Venturing outside can benefit your practice in many ways. Practicing in the sand, for instance, can help you sink into a deeper stretch. Using the wind as added resistance can make your practice stronger, and the warmth of the sun can help warm up your muscles quicker.

Yoga has been practiced outside since the beginning. The original yogis practiced outside in beautiful places, and the ability to connect and interact with the natural forces strengthens your interconnection with all natural life.

Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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