make outdoor yoga epic
Practicing yoga outdoors can be a transformative experience, allowing you to connect with nature and deepen your practice. In this blog post, we'll share our top tips for making the most of your outdoor yoga sessions. From finding the perfect spot to staying protected, these guidelines will help you create a harmonious, sustainable and safe environment for your practice . So, grab your yoga mat and let’s find the perfect space.
Decide on your yoga flow before heading out
Whether you use video, have poses written down or saved in your mind, it’s important to plan ahead to make the most of your time. You’ll spend less time thinking and more time in your flow state. We love all yoga but if you are new to yoga and wanting to learn more you can read our blog on bout the different yoga types.
Find the Right Spot
Choosing the ideal location for your outdoor yoga practice is essential for a fulfilling experience. Consider the following factors when selecting your spot
View: Look for a spot with a scenic view that inspires and calms your mind. Whether it's a lush park, a tranquil beach, or a serene garden, connecting with the beauty of nature can enhance your practice. A quite space free from distractions is also ideal.
Flat Surface: Opt for a flat and even surface to ensure stability and balance during your poses. Avoid areas with rocks, uneven terrain, or other potential obstacles that may hinder your flow.
Shade, if Possible: If you're practicing during sunny hours, try to find a shaded area. This will protect you from direct sunlight and help you stay comfortable throughout your session.
Time of Day
The time of day you choose for your outdoor yoga practice can significantly impact your experience. Consider the following time frames:
Early Morning: Practicing yoga during sunrise offers a tranquil atmosphere and gentle sunlight. It's a great time to start your day with mindfulness and set a positive tone for the hours ahead.
Late Afternoon/Evening: During these hours, the temperature tends to be milder, providing a comfortable environment for your practice. As the day winds down, it can also help you release any accumulated stress and tension.
If you are struggling to find a shady spot, have sensitive skin or maybe its the middle of winter and you prefer to be out in the middle of the day when its warmest, we recommend taking a pop up cabana or beach tent. These types of items provide excellent coverage from harmful UV rays and can protect you from light rain also.
get the right gear
To make the most of your outdoor yoga practice, gather the necessary gear. Here are a few essentials:
Yoga Mat: Invest in a high-quality yoga mat suitable for outdoor use. Look for a mat with good grip to prevent slipping and ensure stability during your poses. We recommend this Yoga Mat for its durability, grip and sustainable materials. Perfect for nature loving individuals like you.
Comfortable Clothing: Wear breathable, moisture-wicking clothing that allows for a full range of motion. This will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your practice. We love Indigo Luna for its commitment to sustainability. Their range is specifically design for yoga practice and boast beautiful natural tones.
When practicing yoga outdoors, it's crucial to take care of your well-being. Here's how:
Wear Sunscreen: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an high SPF. Even in winter or on cloudy days, UV rays can still penetrate through and cause lasting skin damage. We love Happy Hours Skin’s SPF 50+ because it's non toxic, kid safe, reef safe and is a beautiful formula to apply compared to other popular sunscreen brands. It’s also nice to know you are supporting an Australian female owned business whilst avoiding harmful chemicals.
Hydrate: As you practice in the open air, make sure to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle and take regular sips to replenish fluids lost during your session. It's essential to listen to your body and drink enough water to maintain optimal hydration levels. Here’s our favourite reusable water bottle. It comes in beautiful colours and can be personalised so your less likely to lose it.
Take a snack: Post exercise is the best time to eat. There’s nothing better than enjoying some food atop an amazing view. You might be hungry after your practice so this is a good time to get in some nutritious food round off your tranquil outdoor yoga experience.
tips for an extra good time
Music: Whether it’s via your headphones or a Bluetooth speaker having the right playlist can highly elevate your mood. A good yoga or mediation playlist can make all the difference especially if your in a busier area or struggle to quiet your mind. Try our Yoga Playlist.
Tidy Up: Take any rubbish away with you. Take only pictures and leave only footprints behind. As yogis we acknowledge our connection with mother earth and prioritise maintaining our beautiful natural environment.
Practicing yoga outdoors offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and deepen your practice. By finding the right spot, choosing the perfect time of day, using the right gear, and prioritising protection and hydration, you can create a harmonious and fulfilling outdoor yoga experience. So, step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and let the beauty of nature enhance your journey toward balance and well-being.
Remember, nature is your sanctuary, and through outdoor yoga, you can truly embrace its serenity and find harmony within yourself. But while your their don’t forget to take beautiful pics of the scenery and tag us on socials @mobecoaus. We’d love to see where you practice on this big beautiful earth.