Living in the UK, we understand that trying to plan a frequent outdoor yoga class is pretty tough! Believe us, we have been trying for the past four weeks!
However, with good weather on the way, our outdoor classes are getting booked up fast. Therefore, we thought we would share with you some amazing reasons why taking your practice outside is more beneficial than you think…
Earthing (also known as grounding) is a scientific concept of taking in the earth's surface electrons through the physical connection between your skin and the ground. Electrons are charged particles found in atoms—which is what we, and everything else, is made of.
Many years ago, our ancestors spent much more time walking barefoot than us 21st-century humans do. However, science has proven that earthing has many benefits for us.
Walking barefoot on natural earth is particularly good for your feet, legs and ankles as it allows the many muscles and joints to work in a way that they don't normally do on constricted surfaces or flooring.
Take your gaze to the sky…literally.
Us yoga teachers often cue our students to reach their hands down to the earth, or to turn their gaze up to the sky, during practice. However, when we take our practice outside, these cues become more than just figurative language.
When you take your hands down to the earth for a Downward Dog, you can literally touch the earth, evening feeling the grass between your fingers if you wish. And, when you do your Sun Salutations, you can turn your gaze up to the sky instead of the ceiling! See the clouds moving in the breeze. Watch birds gliding through the air. It’s a total game changer!
Physically moving our bodies and engaging with nature gives us an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature. It’s a nudge to remember that we don’t just live in our own little bubbles, but we are a part of a greater scheme of life.
Boost your awareness
Practising yoga outdoors can also help to heighten your senses. It gives your consciousness an additional little boost. The fresh air is also elevating for your breathing process, and as a result, you become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Our eyes can see long distances and natural colours, instead of blue-light screens of our phones and laptops that our eyes are so often glued to. Our ears can pick up birds chirping in the distance and the breeze blowing around us. Our skin absorbs the energy of the grass and the trees and the plants.
Spending time outside also reduces our stress levels. With lower levels of stress, we can ease into a deeper state of relaxation and enjoy the yoga practice even more.
Get a dose of Vitamin D
It is very common for our Vitamin D levels to decrease during periods of bad weather, but now that the sun's coming out, let’s go soak up a good dosage! Increase your mood, energy levels and motivation as a result.
You coming outside then?
We are currently running two outdoor Go Yoga classes each week in Harrogate:
Caroline’s Outdoor Flow, Stretch & Breathe Class, Thursdays at 6.30 pm
Alex’s Outdoor yoga Class, Saturdays, 10 am
Book now to secure your place