Yoga teaches your mind to be still. Taming your mind outdoors can establish a link with the environment. Nature intensifies this experience and heightens your awareness. The sounds of nature, its physical appearance and the air, together, creates a sense of
freedom you cannot feel indoors.
Nature has the ability to send you bursts of energy which replenishes the energy
depleted in you. Feelings of vigor and vitality are sensed when one is in a natural
environment. This elevated spirit within, helps to go with the flow of yoga.
When you step out of the four walls, your senses awaken – sight, scent and touch. The
fresh air heightens breath awareness, clears the mind and empowers the practice.
Looking at a beautiful scenery releases endorphins which makes one feel good.
Touching grass or sand elevates stimulation, while an uneven surfaced area
strengthens the core. The sensory experience that we go through morphs to a sensual
experience. This experience makes you stay in the present, forgetting the rest.
Practicing in the vastness for the first time can be awkward. Stepping out of your
comfort zone opens a door full of new experiences. Over a few practices, you will build
confidence and will make you come closer to nature. This is why most of the leading
Yoga festivals including the International Festival of Yogic Heritage (IFYH) has their
venues designed in harmony with nature.
With every pose you do, your focus will be on one element of nature. The freshness it
will instill in you is magical. Well, it’s the yoga and nature that has stirred the wand.
Buddha wasn’t meditating in a hall, but under a tree. Studies show that people exposed
to a natural surrounding versus an urban environment had a lower concentration level of
the stress hormone, cortisol. So step out, find your sweet spot and start practicing.