The good thing about yoga is that you only need your mat and you can practice anywhere you want. So why not go outside for a change?
It’s a fact that spending time outdoors can have many health benefits and even help with seasonal depression. When paired with physical activity, like yoga, the benefits only increase.
Here we have 6 reasons why doing yoga outdoors will enhance your practice.
- It’s also an exercise for your mind
When you go outside and leave the four walls of your house or a studio, all your senses wake up because your mind gets aware of the changing terrain. Many studies suggest that exercising outdoors gives you more mental health benefits than doing the same exercise indoors.
- An uneven surface will engage your core more
Instead of practicing in the perfect and flat studio floor, if you go outside and practice on the sand, grass or even rocks the surface will be slightly uneven. That will demand more of your core and by that, you’ll get more core strength.
- Boost your mood with natural light
When you are exposed to natural sunlight, your body begins to produce vitamin D. Research has confirmed that sufficient vitamin D levels not only controls mood but also feelings of contentment.
This exposure also increases the release of serotonin, which is known as the “happy hormone”.
- It will help to relieve stress
If you’re feeling tensed or stressed, grab your mat and head outside. One study found out that people who spend time outdoors have a lower level of cortisol, “the stress hormone” than those who spend time in the city.
- Boost your meditation and practice mindfulness
Some studies point that spending time outdoors can improve your concentration. Also, immersing yourself with nature makes you more aware of your surroundings. You hear the birds singing, the rustle of leaves, and the come and go of the waves. Its mindful meditation at most simple.
- BONUS: no membership fees!
The best thing about the outdoors is that it belongs to all of us, and it’s available 24/7 wherever you are. It’s just a step outside your front door.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your mat and step outside!