Now don't get me wrong, I love my home studio, I love my home studio a lot. I have some of my strongest practices in my home studio as it is a comfortable space where I feel confident enough to try new postures or transitions. But a recent much needed nature trip got me thinking, there's just something organically beautiful about a practice amongst nature, something you can't find in the four walls of your studio. Whether youre new to yoga or a regular practitioner, practicing outside can help us connect to ourselves and evoke new inspiration in our practice. Here are a few reasons you should take your practice outside:
1. Soak up that Vitamin D!
We'll start with one of the most obvious but most important, the sunshine vitamin! Since our bodies can not absorb the correct amount of Vitamin D our bodies need from food, our bodies produce Vitamin D naturally when it is in direct exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D has several important body functions, some of the most vital are the regulation of Calcium and Phosphorus along with the assistance of normal immune system functions. In addition, it is known to help against certain disease and even help reduce depression.
2. Connect to Prana
Prana, to be put simply, is a vital life force (a sum of all the cosmic energy in the universe). When we spend time in nature connecting to elements(earth, water, fire, air and space) , we are submerging ourselves in the greatest source of prana. Combine mindful movement and breath with an abundance of prana and you've got yourself a recipe for internal yumminess!
3. Increase Balance and Strength
When we practice in our homes or studio, we are practicing in a fairly controlled environment and have the ability to set our selves up for success. The earths perfectly imperfect terrain and uncontrollable elements requires a heightened awareness from even the most balanced of yogis, challenging our physical and mental strength. But just like any other aspect in life: the bigger the challenge the bigger the opportunity for growth! (Plus if you fall there's no one around to see!)
4. Connect with Nature
We too often get lost in the stress of our day-to-day lives, resulting in stagnant energy in the body. "Energy is like water": when it flows it stays clear and free of blockages. When it doesn't flow things slow down, the water becomes unclear and begins to fill with debris. When we take out practice outside, we get a chance to connect with nature and allow our energy to realign.