My favourite place to be is Outdoors…Fields, Hills, Woods, River Banks etc. My favourite thing to do is Yoga. So it makes sense that my best morning Yoga practice is outdoors. Obviously Scotland does not always lend itself to this with its ‘four seasons in one day’ attitude but for me there is nothing better than actually connecting your feet with the earth, being surrounded by nature and breathing in fresh air.
It took a while for this practice to become natural despite the obvious conclusion that putting my two favourite things together would be amazing. To begin with it felt awkward.
Worrying about what if somebody sees me? What if someone says something? What if I fall over and make a fool of myself?
What if? What if?
Feeling awkward was stopping me from enjoying something I loved. I had to turn the whole thing on its head.
What is yoga…exercise. It is quite a personal exercise but definitely exercise. Cyclists don’t worry. Runners don’t worry. Hill walkers don’t worry. Its all exercise. so why worry about Yoga. Gradually it became easier. So what if someone sees you enjoying your practice? Are you having fun in a field doing Vrksasana (Tree Pose)? You are allowed to! So what if you fall over, you could fall over in the street, doesn’t stop you going shopping.
Sometimes my outdoor Yoga is simply in my garden, in amongst the flower beds listening to the bird’s morning chorus, other times Yoga is on the top of a hill with the wind blowing me sideways and a view that goes on for miles. It is always breath-taking.
Don’t get me wrong there is a time and a place. On our last family holiday there was a very talented Yogi who liked to practice daily at the pool side in his speedos. This was commendable combining his daily swim and yoga but perhaps his time choice was out as it was always when the pool was at its busiest. With a permanent audience of children, teens, parents and grandparents not everyone was always happy with his Downward Dog, although some of the mums loved it! 😉
So if you get the chance try Yoga somewhere new, somewhere outside. It will give a whole new perspective to your practice.