Ever since yoga was made popular in the west, it’s been widely practiced indoors. However, many people believe that practicing outside can be beneficial to your health.
Outdoor yoga is becoming more and more popular as people start looking for ways to get out of their homes and into nature. It has similar benefits to regular yoga, but there are also some unique aspects that outdoor yoga provides over traditional practice.
If you’re trying to decide whether you should give this trend a try or not, take our quiz! Skip the guesswork and find out if you have what it takes to go out into Mother Nature for your workouts!
Are You Brave Enough?
Sometimes when you’re outside, the weather can be unpredictable. You could get rained on or you could dry up in the sun. Only do outdoor yoga if you’re brave enough to handle whatever might happen!
Do You Have a Quiet Place?
It’s important to find a quiet location for this type of activity because there are often other people out in nature who want privacy too. If there are other people around, they may not understand why you’re focusing inwardly while doing your exercise so it’s best to go somewhere where there won’t be anyone else around. Also, try to avoid places that have lots of distractions including things like pets and kids!
Can You Handle Being Hot?
Some outdoor yoga is done in direct sunlight, which can be hot. If you are not used to doing exercise in the heat, make sure you go slow when you first try it out so that your body doesn’t overheat.
Are You Willing to Go Slow?
It may take longer than regular yoga! Outdoor yoga requires more patience because you have to wait for the sun to do its thing and move into just the right spot. This means there could be times when you have to hold your pose for much longer than normal or even repeat a pose several times before it’s finally “right”.
Do You Have Enough Room?
Most likely, you’ll be doing yoga poses on the ground, so make sure the area is clear and there won’t be anything to bump
Will You Be Able to Focus?
It’s easy to get distracted by sounds, scents, and harsher lighting when you’re outside. If you find yourself unable to focus, try closing your eyes or using an app that blocks out distractions like Sunny Day Yoga.
Are You Allergic to Natural Elements?
If you have severe allergies or asthma, outdoor yoga could make things worse rather than better. There are many people who used to do yoga at home but find they can do it outdoors without any problems. Do yourself a favor and try it out before trying something new!
Will You Be Able to Make Time for It?
Outdoors, there will probably be distractions that don’t exist when doing yoga inside such as nature sounds and clouds moving across the sky. It may take longer than indoor yoga to get into your flow, so you’ll need more time in your schedule for outdoor yoga sessions.
Are You Comfortable Being Barefoot?
To do yoga on the ground, you’ll need to go barefoot. While most people are comfortable with their feet, if you’re not used to them being seen or touching the ground then it would be best to wear shoes until after your session.
Also, if you’re allergic to grass or have sharp rocks around where you will be practicing outside, make sure you bring something with which to cover your skin!
Do You Have an Outdoor Yoga Mat?
You don’t need one to try this type of yoga, but if you plan on continuing it might be a good idea to invest in an outdoor yoga mat. These mats are made from different materials than regular ones and they’re usually thicker too! This makes them more comfortable when you lay on them directly, plus it prevents things like dirt and twigs from sticking into the surface.
If you answered yes to most of these questions, it’s likely that outdoor yoga is a good fit for you. However, if you’re unsure or just starting out, we encourage you to give it a try. Outdoor Yoga has many benefits that can improve your overall well-being. And what could be better than getting some fresh air and sunshine while practicing this ancient form of exercise? Contact us today to get started!
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