20 October 2021 (updated)

Outdoor Yoga: Tips to Stretch and Strengthen

More and more people have been finding new ways to work out due to COVID-19 restrictions, and yoga is no exception! Here are some great tips to inspire your next outdoor yoga workout.

There are a variety of reasons people get outside to exercise. Whether it’s starting your day surfing or going for a family bike ride, the fresh air can provide an energy boost. But it’s worth being aware that there’s more than one way to exercise outside! Outdoor activities can be physically taxing, but it can also provide tranquility and focus. If you happen to love Hatha or hot yoga, share the joy of outdoor yoga on a family app!

What is Outdoor Yoga?

Most people are familiar with yoga as a meditation exercise that focuses on the work of breathing. But yoga can be about a lot more than stretching out on a thick mat or towel in a classroom. In fact, like many exercises, yoga is great to do outdoors! And, given that yoga means ‘union’, it’s no surprise that nature’s playground is the perfect place to do it. By enabling the yogi to focus on breathing and stillness, nature provides an optimal setting for the practice. Whether you want to help to improve fertility and digestion or simply stretch, going outdoors adds inspiration. What better place to stretch than doing beach yoga or heading to a park.

Why Do Yoga Outdoors?

Many people like working out with a fitness class where they can measure their progress and stay focused. But one of the tenets of yoga is focus, and dealing with the elements can be perfect for establishing this. It can help you pay attention to the smell of vegetation around you and the sound of the wind. Fortunately, you don’t even need an official class to do it! Grab your yoga mat and head out for sunset yoga or find an outdoor yoga space with friends. You can even stream a yoga class through a Bluetooth speaker and share it on a family app with others!

What to Wear to Outdoor Yoga

Yoga in nature can be a lot more chilled out than it is in the class setting. But there are still some tips for outdoor yoga you might not need for the gym. While some outdoor classes may be free, some can cost money so make sure you're aware of the cost before you start. You’ll be comfortable in your standard yoga gear, but bring along bug spray and sunscreen for protection. It’s also a good idea to bring water in case there’s none available. However, if you have a special affection for your yoga mat, it’s better left at home. It’s going to get dirty outside so an inexpensive spare will work as the best outdoor yoga mat. A non-slip thick mat might be especially helpful in case you're not on level ground. You should be able to find something that will work perfectly at Wal-Mart or Target!

Where Can You Do Outdoor Yoga?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to where you can practice yoga outside. It’s good to avoid very busy areas, as this can make it difficult to focus. But public squares can be a great place for creating an outdoor yoga space. You can also head to your own backyard for a mini-meditation session. For those who really want to get into nature though, heading out to a favorite spot can be great. Whether it’s the beach, the forest, or the local park, anywhere you can set down your mat is perfect. If you’re looking for yoga in Virginia Beach, Collective Yoga or Hot House Yoga may have outdoor options. You may also want to share local Meetup groups on FamilyApp!

Given its ability to allow people to meditate and focus, yoga is one of the most popular stretching exercises around. But, doing it outside can be even more enjoyable for the avid yogi! Do you have a favorite yoga spot outside? If so, share it with us in our comments! Whether you try beach yoga or create an outdoor yoga space in your yard, it can provide some much-needed meditation.

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