Yoga Outdoors

Let’s practice yoga!

The days are becoming brighter, longer and warmer! So, why not practice your yoga in a park, by the sea or in your own garden? Here’s 3 ways: 

Tree Pose

Become one with the trees! 

  • Stare at a point on the ground
  • Shift your body weight onto your right foot & gently hover your left foot off the ground
  • Place your left foot lightly on your right ankle. 
  • Keep your hands and arms by your sides, or bring hands into prayer position at the heart centre, or bring the arms up in line with the ears, and spread the fingers just like branches of a tree. 

Don’t worry if you wobble, the trees do the same in the wind! Hold for 5-10 breaths, and then do the opposite side.

Meditation

Meditation involves concentration and narrowing the focus of attention to a single theme. 

  • Find a comfortable seated position
  • Allow your eyes to close or look softly  down to the ground
  • Become aware of the external environment and your immediate surroundings. 
  • Identify and focus on a constant sound in your surroundings. It might be birdsong, the crashing of the waves, or wind chimes. 
  • Keep your focus on this sound, and return to it anytime your mind wanders. 
  • You can set a timer on your phone for 5-10 minutes or practice with no time limit. Remain comfortable and remain present in the environment.

Earthing

Earthing is walking barefoot in nature either on the grass, soil, sand etc. It is known to reduce stress, inflammation & pain and boost energy. Try a walk on the beach for 30 minutes and see if you feel better!

Yoga Asana offers many physical benefits including managing stress reduction and increasing a sense of calm and relaxation.

These tips are from our Yoga tutor Sophie Gough. Follow her tips on her website www.yogawithsophie.ie or on social media @yoga_with_sophie.

 

Yoga Outdoors