Thank you so much for staying on board after the GDPR craziness, and if you are new, Hello and Welcome!
It's been a crazy busy few weeks but, when I think about it, they always are these days, and I have to be really conscious not to get overwhelmed.
Is it just me? Can you relate to that feeling that time is flying and you are meeting yourself coming back?
Stop and breathe.. Just little moments, but conscious moments help.
"When you control your breath you can control your life" Yogi Bahjan
Get outside if you can.. Take a moment to get present and feel the grass beneath my feet feels so good.
I went for a walk the other morning, with my husband and my daughter, to our local park, over looking the city. Although, we intended to practice Yoga, I didn't intend to film it, hence the camera is propped up against a shoe and you get to watch us all, mainly my husband, a bit distorted.. Keeping it real people! You can follow it and might even make more sense upside down.
It's not about getting the postures or the transitions perfect, its about giving it a whirl, on a personal level and enjoying the process.
As you can see my husband is not an advanced practitioner, but he gives it his best and feels amazing from doing so. Even a small amount has greatly improved his balance, flexibilty, stamina and... stress levels.
Never a competition - Accept yourself and enjoy.
So why practice yoga outdoors?
1. It gets you in touch with nature and the enviornment, which is ultimately part of you. The sun on your face, the breeze on your skin, the fresh air and grass smells are a symphony for the senses and deepen your experience. Its good for the spirit and gets you into your body. This harmony induces wellbeing.
2. This deeper connection can reduce the stress hormones adreneline and cortisol and relieve anxiety and overwhelm, more so than when practiced in a large group studio class. Science!
3. Balance and stability are challenged by uneven terrain and the internal experience is different. Muscles work harder to stabilise and make necesary micro adjustments.
4. Concentration is also challenged, by unforseen sounds and activity - a cold, dark cloud passes. people might be walking by, and you have to call on some inner resources that you wouldn't need in the studio. Riding the waves of sensations helps you bring yourself to a clam state.
5. Sense of freedom. You are alive. You are a child of the universe and belong, just as you are. Perfectly imperfect and that it's just perfect. Breathe and Love it!
As well as connecting you to you, practising with others anywhere is fun and bonding too. It connects you and therefore being outdoors together, and aligning with nature is a beautiful little cherry on the cake.
As always, please check with your doctor if you have any injuries or health concerns, and always listen to your body and go within your limits. Have fun!