Today’s current situation leaves a lot of stress on our minds and body. The isolated and gloomy feeling that the lockdown imposed on each and every one of us had an impact and we have our own battles every day because of it. Going out with family and friends would be therapeutic but with the lockdown restrictions, the interactions with our loved ones are limited. Perhaps doing outdoor yoga can shake off negative energy. That would be helpful in relieving our stress.
One exercise that you can consider is Yoga, it is an ancient practice where you put your mind and body in an idle state to help you get rid of all the burden feeling that you have inside. It originated in India, but it made its way in different parts of the world, this exercise involves precise movements, meditation, and breathing techniques. These factors are what help us to improve our mental and physical condition.
Yoga indoors is a nice exercise to do but having a private spot outside may just be better. Photo by Chevanon Photography from Pexels
There are studies that say that spending time with nature can help an individual to reduce his/her anxiety or stress. Doing Yoga outdoor is a bit advantageous because of the benefits that we can get from it. Nature serves as the energizer for our mind and body. Sometimes, even by simply going out there is a slight feel of freshness. The scent and scenery can instantly change your mood because it triggers our nerves that makes them calm.
Performing yoga outside as you become one with nature is known for its numerous health and wellness advantages. Minor things like being in a place where trees and other plants are visible lower anxiety, tension, and mental tiredness while also improving mood. When you combine yoga and the pleasing ambiance or scenery outdoors, you get the most effective combination of a mind and body workout in a setting that promotes your overall wellness.
Practicing yoga outdoors brings a whole other level to the experience. Because of our present lifestyles, some of us have gotten alienated from nature, but no matter where we are in the world, we can all reconnect with nature to feel calmer and more grounded.
Performing the exercise is such an easy task, even outdoors. You do not need to spend a lot of money or use multiple gears and accessories. The only things you need are the perfect spot where you want to exercise, and a yoga mat. Those two are enough for you to execute yoga right away. Some people even prefer it doing alone to achieve maximum potential and efficacy, so if you feel comfortable practicing alone, go to your favorite park, lay out your mat, and take your time to enjoy a relaxing Yoga session.
As mentioned earlier, nature is a big factor when it comes to providing the overall experience for the session. With that being said, we know that here in our country there are several places that we can go to when we are looking for a peaceful sanctuary that we can relax for a while.
There are several places here in the Philippines where you can go to unwind and clear your mind.
A Full Guide to Outdoor Yoga
For people who love to be outside almost all the time, we gathered all the details that you need to know about outdoor yoga. We’ve got you covered with everything from the preparation up to the execution of the exercise, grab your mat, choose your preferred spot and let’s start with the things you should remember when doing yoga outdoors.
3 Things to Remember When Doing Outdoor Yoga
1. Stay Hydrated
Always stay hydrated. | Photo from Pexels
Don’t forget to drink enough amount of water for a safe and successful yoga session. Always bring your water with you to quench your thirst every time you are done with a certain set of exercises. Our body needs to replenish all the lost fluid so keep in mind that water is important.
2. Avoid Uneven Terrain
You should be mindful of the areas that you want to do yoga. Even though yoga exercises do not require quick and powerful movements, stepping or coming in contact with an uneven terrain can still inflict injuries. Some parts that you should take note of are sand surfaces, rocky platforms, and steep ground. Once you are off-balanced, you are putting yourself at risk.
3. Use a Yoga Mat for your Protection
A yoga mat helps keep us from slipping and hurting ourselves. | Photo from Pexels
As you perform your exercise, it is better to have a yoga mat with you outdoors. One, to protect your feet/skin from getting splinters. Additionally, it will protect you from bugs or other insects that can strike at any moment. It is better to prevent worse things from happening, so much better if you could use something to step on while doing the yoga.
You can easily utilize yoga mats outside because most of the mats are washable. Additionally, for more convenience, it is much better if you use tried and tested yoga mats so that you will have no problem using them. Always bring an extra yoga mat as well that can easily fit in your bag. Yoga mats come in a variety of sizes and styles to make your outdoor yoga practice more enjoyable. Lastly, it is highly suggested that you should wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely during the yoga session.
Step-by-Step Guide for Outdoor Yoga Poses
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog position. | Photo by Elina Fairytale from Pexels
Step 1. Get down on the floor on your hands and knees.
Step 2. Relax your upper back between the shoulder blades by straightening your arms.
Step 3. Extend your knees and push your hips high while keeping your knees bent. The goal is to make an upside-down “V” in this position.
Step 4. If your hamstring muscles are flexible, straighten your legs and drop your heels to the floor while keeping the length of your back/spine.
Step 5. Remember that you should always straighten your spine if your spine begins to curve as you extend your legs, bend your knees just enough to keep the spine at that position.
Step 6. Take 5 deep breaths while holding the position.
Cobra position. | Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels
Step 1. Lie down on your stomach and make your legs straight.
Step 2. Your legs should be firm, and your feet should be hip-width apart with your toes pointing behind you.
Step 3. For you to avoid the strain in the spine and to maintain the position, push down through your pubic bone.
Step 4. As you lift your chest off the ground, shift your weight to your forearms.
Step 5. Always look straight ahead and make sure that you extend your neck as long as you can
Step 6. Hold the position as you take 5 deep breaths.
Tree position. | Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels
Step 1. Take a firm standing position, then bend your right knee and shift your weight to your left foot.
Step 2. Lift your right foot and place the sole against the inner part of your left thigh, inner calf muscle, or inner ankle, toes touching the floor.
Step 3. Place your hands on the top part of your pelvis to confirm that you are holding the correct standing position.
Step 4. Firmly press the right foot’s sole against the inner thigh, calf, or ankle while resisting with the outer left leg.
Step 5. Raise your arms above your head in a straight line. Maintain a comfortable posture with your shoulders.
Step 6. Hold the position for five deep breaths and then try it next on the opposing side.
Seated Forward Pose
Seated Forward position. | Photo by Werner Pfennig from Pexels
Step 1. Sit with your legs straight out in front of you on the ground. Bend your knees if your hamstrings are tight.
Step 2. Maintain a flexed position with your toes facing upwards.
Step 3. Sit up straight and stretch your spine.
Step 4. As you fold forward, lead with your chest and keep your spine long.
Step 5. Place your hands on your legs in a comfortable posture.
Step 6. Take 5 deep breaths and hold your position
Bridge position. | Photo by Elina Fairytale from Pexels
Step 1. Lie down flat on your back.
Step 2. Bend both knees and stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees stacked over ankles.
Step 3. Place your arms on either side of your body with your palms facing down to the ground. Make a broad spread with your fingers.
Step 4. Lengthen your tailbone’s posture towards the front of your mat.
Step 5. Hold the stance by lifting your hips and then maintain it as you take 5 deep breaths
Usually, unique communities with spacious walkways and an abundance of trees are the best ones. There are also other cases wherein places with extravagant houses or luxury properties are also a nice choice to visit. Exclusive places such as Brittany Santa Rosa‘s Georgia Club, Augusta, Promenade, and Belle Reve are some of the communities you can visit to witness and experience privacy and peace of mind.
Georgia Club, Augusta, Promenade, and Belle Reve.
The communities mentioned have some of the most beautiful open spaces, sceneries, and ambiance that a person can visit and stay in for a while. All of the luxury houses and lots in the three communities are ideal homes for most people, most importantly today that we need some time off all the hassle and problems that we experience in our daily lives, that is where yoga outdoors kicks in and brings a lot of positive outcome to an individual. Now that we discussed the importance of yoga and you now have an idea of where to do the exercise, here is a full guide to outdoor Yoga.
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