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Outdoor Yoga: Benefits, Complexity, and Niyama Principles

Cobra Pose | Bhujangasana
Cobra Pose | Bhujangasana
If you feel there is insufficient space in the yoga hall, and you increasingly want to replace the ceiling with the sky, then it is time to go outside. The absence of clear external limiters will expand your inner horizons and bring a wonderful feeling of newness into your practice. The fresh air will give your breath a new quality. Connecting with the Earth will return you to reality and recharge your energy. The beauty of nature will soothe and inspire.

Open a new world for yourself and your new self for the world!

Earth

Try to find the flattest, most horizontal surface. This is especially important for balancing asanas. Of course, practicing yoga directly on the ground is the best thing to do. In this case, you can see and feel the surface’s features, and this will help you in Asanas. By the way, some studies have proven that walking barefoot is very useful. While our body is grounded, we are connected to the Earth’s electric field, and so-called surface electrons have a positive impact on our body. For details, please follow the link.
If you cannot practice without a yoga mat, do not use a very thick one. Otherwise, you may have problems with contact and balance. The best choice is to use a blanket or towel, since you will have good control and can wash it easily. You must think about keeping warm on the cold ground in order to not feel uncomfortable, especially in lying postures. Additional warm clothes will also be very helpful for Savasana.

Sun

The morning practice is very beneficial. After all, what could be more natural than Surya Namaskar at sunrise? There are also fewer people around. When the sun is hot in the afternoon, try to find a place in the shade. In any case, you can bring sunscreen and glasses in your bag. Of course, do not forget to take water.

Insects

Choose your place carefully. Do not start your practice immediately, even if you like the environment very much. First, just sit down and meditate. You will understand the situation with insects and, at the same time, you will feel energy. Bring repellent just in case.

Attention

Fix your gaze on something (a flower, tree, cloud, or water surface) during asanas, direct your senses inward, and accept the surrounding beauty of landscapes, sounds, aromas and wind into your heart. Do you remember how many asanas are named for different animals and birds? Feel yourself as part of nature too. If you are already a long-time practitioner, observing an increased level of sensitivity and awareness, and you will be strongly impressed from your experience in outdoor practice. The main thing is not to fight against the outside world but to merge with it.

People

At first, you may be confused by the attention of passers-by or the somebody’s mere presence. This becomes even tougher if they start asking you questions and taking photos. Act according to the situation: simply ignore that person, ask some counter-questions, or ask them to join your practice. However, at the beginning, if you feel very uncomfortable, then it is better to find a really secluded place or to engage as part of a group. Moreover, take note of how many yoga festivals are happening all over the world.

Finally, let’s talk a bit about Niyamas’ work when you move your practice outside the hall. So, you have overcome doubts and fears and taken the first step. That means that your Tapas has opened the door to the street. Sauca is the first joy you will encounter: the fresh air will give a completely different flavour to asananas. Santosa will help to cope with difficulties outside of your comfort zone. Svadhyaya is your new experience. At the very end, Isvara Pranidhana connects everything, while obtaining its own natural meaning under the open sky.




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