5 Reasons to Practice Yoga Outside

Many yoga practitioners have only practiced in out home, gym or studio setting. My neighborhood studio, Wake Up Yoga South, has two floors. Upstairs, there is a window and it has always felt like a different space than downstairs. There is something special about practicing yoga outside. You can feel the sun on your skin, breathe in the fresh air, connect to the earth, all while doing something out of the ordinary. Even if you are brand new to yoga, it can be an enlightening experience. 

  4. CONNECT WITH NATURE You can take in all the different sights, smells and sounds in a new environment.
  5. MAKE SOME VITAMIN D  Now a days we spend the majority of our time inside. It is commonly believed that most of us are deficient in Vitamin D. This valuable hormone adds to the health of our teeth, bones and immune system. Although vitamin D supplements can be taken, it is best to obtain any vitamin or mineral through natural sources wherever possible.
    If you are worried about over exposure to the sun, you can wear long, light and loose clothing while practicing and cover any exposed areas with sunscreen.

There are a few places to practice outdoor, donation based yoga outside in Philadelphia. You can find me with Yoga On The Banks. Run a search to find the closest outdoor yoga to you or, reach out and we can find it together.

Have you practiced outside? Tell us about it in the comments and share any pictures below!

Take a mOMent

We know how great it feels to get in a 90 minute yoga practice but the hardest part seems to be finding the time.

But, Atha yoga anushasanam- Now is the time for yoga.

Take a moment for yourself. While you’re waiting for water to boil for tea, someone is taking a nap, or instead of checking your phone:

  1. Do some stretches. The spine can move in 6 different directions, so do it. Twist from side to side, lean to the left and right, reach up and back and fold forward. You can be standing, sitting, or maybe even laying down.
  2. Find your breath. Whether it is something as calming as following the inhale and exhale or as balancing as Nadi Shodanam, just breathe.
  3. Practice awareness. Take some time to smell the flowers. Experience the sounds, smells and sights around you. If you can, step outside and feel what the weather is like.
  4. Meditate for 5 minutes. Clear your mind of thought or focus on an idea. You can practice any style that feels right. Find your seat and follow your breath.
  5. Change your perspective. Literally your can take legs up the wall, downward dog, or another favorite inversion. Figuratively, you can try doing something different. Explore a different route to a familiar place, try that new spot that opened up, or try to look at something in a new light.