Taking yoga outside the box
In the western world, yoga is mostly practiced in indoor studios, which I will describe as 'inside the box'. Taking yoga 'OUTSIDE the BOX' means practicing in a non-conventional setting, thus introducing a new physical and mental challenge. You'll notice from the examples below, that all but two of the settings are outside. Practicing fresh air yoga is a truly marvellous experience, throwing off your concentration, awakening your senses and ultimately, deepening your practice. It may be hard to return to the studio afterwards. You've been fiercly warned. Happy Yoga-ing!
Yoga by the beach
Waves crashing onto the shore, the sun coming up over the horizon, surfers catching the first waves of the day... Need I say more?
Yoga on a board
You can see yourself (gracefully) toppling off the stand up paddle board and into the water already, I know. It will probably happen, let's be realistic. But there's really nothing like getting your balance and achieving a pose while on an unstable surface out on the water, even if it's only for a few seconds. Accept the SUP board yoga challenge and your yoga practice, both mind and body, will enter a new level.
Yoga in the park
While we're not all lucky enough to live near the ocean, a park is never too far away. You may not hear waves crashing onto the shore while you flow from downward dog to cobra, but let's not forget that nature's soundtrack is varied. The sweet sounds of chirping birds, rustling leaves, or water flowing in a nearby river can enhance our flow and focus our mind just as much as the lapping waves of the ocean. It's fresh air yoga at its best.
Yoga on a rooftop
There's something special about having an open, limitless sky above you that just may help you reach that little bit further into your stretch. Oh, and the sun warming your skin doesn't hurt either.
Yoga at the lavender farm
The scent of lavender is well-known for its calming effect, making it a perfect pairing with yoga. Put aside the oils and lotions, take a drive out to the country, and get your dancer's pose on at the source. Lavender farms are opening up their fragrant fields for us to breathe, relax and stretch in. Hit up the search engines for a farm near you.
Yoga at the aquarium
If you've ever scuba-dived before, you've experienced the silence of the underwater world and been mesmerised by the effortlessness with which sea-life swims around you. Although yoga underwater would be the ultimate experience, yoga done at the aquarium is our next best option. You'll feel like you're right there in the water with the fish, embodying their gentleness, curiosity and freedom of movement.
Yoga in the sky
Taking it a few floors higher than the rooftop, look out for yoga classes taking place at the observation floors of various towers around the world. Watch the sun rise and the city come to life below you as you awaken your mind and body on the mat. Sounds a lot better than being stuck in traffic below, doesn't it?
Breaking routines with fresh air yoga
Routines definitely have their place in life but let's face it, sometimes it's necessary to break out from set schedules in order to keep stagnancy and boredom from creeping in. Whether it's a quick side-step or a giant leap away from the day to day, it's more often than not well worth allowing a little bit of healthy chaos into our lives.
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