The Indigo yogi community took part in our summer-time Yoga Fun in the Sun (Park) event at Phyllis Rawlinson Park this past Saturday! Genya, our studio director led this beautiful event where participants were able to fully immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of nature.
We all know that regularly practicing yoga offers a range of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. But practicing outdoors offers a groundedness some of us are not accustomed to. Getting away from our the busyness of our lives might seem like a daunting task. But truthfully, you don’t need to get off the grid in order to make the most of your outdoor surroundings.
Start with practicing in your backyard, or in a nearby park. Take the time to dedicate your practice to the outdoors and take note of the way you feel and how it differs from your regular practice. If you’re thinking it won’t make a difference, we urge you to get out of your comfort zone and make the most of summer before the chillier months we all know and love!
The following are three benefits attributed to practicing yoga in the great outdoors.
When you practice yoga at your local yoga studio in Richmond Hill, you’re likely invigorated by the sound of your fellow yogi’s breath and movement. It’s easier to follow through the movements when a class of like-minded yogis are there doing it with you. But taking the time to independently dedicate space in the outdoors for your daily practice will allow you to test your own mental boundaries. You’ll look within yourself to hold the poses for a little longer, to breathe a little deeper, and to let go of your day. Taking your mat outdoors will allow you to effectively focus on within.
2. Sensory Overload
When you practice indoors or at your usual yoga studio, you’re in a controlled environment. You control the music, the scent, the temperature, and your surroundings. Practicing outdoors won’t allow for that similar comfort you’ve maybe become used to. Practicing outdoors will allow you to take in the fresh air, hear the birds, see the sky, the grass, the flowers, and become more grateful for the natural world we live in.
3. Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
If doing new things is unsettling to you, we urge you to take the plunge into this new outdoor experience! Maybe it took a lot for you to begin your obsession with yoga, but you took that small step to realize the benefits it could offer. Inner growth comes from getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. If you don’t love being outside, or have a fear of the birds and the bugs of the outdoor world, put one foot in front of the other and get uncomfortable! You might just end up loving what you get yourself into.