Good day, Sunshine!
Spring is in full swing here in New Jersey, and you know what that means: Outdoor Yoga! There are many exciting challenges in taking your practice outdoors, as well as some incredible benefits. Check out my 3 favorite reasons to practice yoga outdoors… and make sure you get on your mat with me this season!
1. The Ultimate Pranayama Experience
Pranayama, or regulation of the breath, is one of the most important parts of any yoga practice. One of my teachers once told me, “if you can breathe deeply, you can do yoga!” Practicing yoga outside gives your entire respiratory system a cleansing and refreshing experience. Taking in fresh air helps energize the body and supports your immune system. Additionally, the great outdoors can provide some natural and relaxing smells! Make sure to clear some of your Saturday mornings this summer to literally wake up and smell the roses as you practice with me (and the rest of the Powerflow Yoga community) at Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair, NJ. I’m on the schedule for July 22, 2017 at 8:00am.
2. Fill up on Vitamin D
Having enough Vitamin D in our bodies is essential to healthy living, and having Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to health risks. The easiest, cheapest and most exciting way to fill up on this vitamin is to get outside and soak up the sun! Additionally, practicing in the sunshine helps you work up a sweat, all while working on your tan. I’ll be leading and participating in some fun mid-day Spring and Summer yoga classes… including a FREE all-day challenge of 108 sun salutations on the first of Summer!
3. New Landscape Challenges
Practicing outdoors really allows you to get creative with poses that have become easy for you inside the studio. Have you ever tried hand-standing in the sand, or taking your tree pose to the edge of a cliff? How about trying to root your feet on a paddleboard while floating in the middle of lake? I challenge you to give it a try! In fact, I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you: Join me this summer for a 4 day, 3 night adventure-packed retreat in the heart of West Virginia. We start the day at 6:00am with guided meditation overlooking the New River, and end it with marshmallows and moonshine under the stars. Did I mention that we spend the entire day outdoors swimming, rafting, hiking and doing yoga? We have camping options for those who like to keep it super rural, as well as fully furnished cabins. Looking to go? Don’t wait too much longer; we only have a few spots left!