Yoga is a great way to exercise, reconnect with your core and create a healthier you. So why not take your yoga practice outdoors for even more health benefits.

yoga outside 3Yoga was originally an outdoor practice, done in a beautiful peaceful environment. If you’ve never tried yoga outside, you will notice many distractions such as passersbys, dogs barking, planes overhead, robins singing, uneven ground….. Here the distraction, then let it go, breathe deeply and continue your practice.

There’s also the satisfying solidity of the earth beneath your feet, the green grass between your toes, the sun to warm you, the fresh breeze on your skin, and the mesmerizing sky above.

Here are a few tips on having an outdoor yoga practice:

  • Pick a spot with partial shade or go early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is not the hottest
  • To get the most out of your outdoor surroundings and really connect with them, choose a spot with as natural a view as possible, even if it’s only gathering of trees, your garden or balcony with some lovely potted plants.
  • Leave your yoga mat at home and enjoy the feeling of the grass and dirt beneath your feet, while you connect with
  • Focus your practice being in the moment, be aware, breathe deeply, and practice stillness. Feel the warmth from the sun, the cool breeze blowing and the various new smells, such as the ocean, pine trees, grass, flowers….

yoga outside 2Yoga is for all ages and can be adapted to most health conditions. Our Libre Leading Light Steffany Moonaz is a Yoga Therapist who has created and evaluated a yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  Steffany Moonaz is the Founder of Yoga for Arthritis. Libre Leading Light Helena Zera-Axelrod founder of Vyana Yoga has written an informative article on Arthritis and how Yoga can be beneficial.

Libre Tea glasses are perfect to take with you for your outdoor yoga practice. They’ll keep your water cool and your tea warm as you enjoy your outdoor yoga session.

For a few more outdoor yoga ideas you may want to check out these sites:

Where would you have your outdoor yoga session?

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Comments (30)

  1. Christy

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    If I get up the courage to be seen by a lot of people – out by the lake near my place. But until then, my balcony. 🙂

  2. Andrea

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    I take my mat with me when we go camping in the summer. It’s beautiful to practice in a new place outdoors and to stretch out after a day hiking. Added bonus: I get to use my mat under my sleeping bag to add a bit of comfort with my thermarest.

  3. Amanda Alvarado

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    I would love to have my outdoor yoga on the beach! There’s nothing more soothing than the sound of the ocean!

  4. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

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    I would love to do yoga out in the forest in a spot with the sun streaming in (minus the mosquitoes – of course) 🙂

  5. Brenda Alden

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    I would do yoga in my backyard. It’s where I go to relax. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Gina Gallagher

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    I live in NYC, and I would love to practice yoga on a rooftop overlooking the city and the rivers.

  7. Vilma Pacheco

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    I’d love to do Yoga outdoors but due heat intolerance (MS), I’m confined to the indoors.

  8. Heather

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    My outdoor location would have to be at my school – then I could get all my children to join in too.

  9. Marygrace

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    I would do my Yoga outside at the beach. There are a couple nice spots around town. I love sitting at the beach looking at the water & this would be very meditative.

  10. Jennifer Johansen

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    While there’s no way it could turn into a daily thing, I’d love to do yoga in the Grand Canyon.

  11. ikkinlala

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    Where I would and where I’d like to are two different questions right now, unfortunately. The most likely place I would is a local park, but I would like to be at the beach along the river near my parents’ house.

  12. Laura K

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    I’ve been “trying” to do yoga for 2 years now, but have really bad balance issues. I have to say though I think yoga is helping a little; at least now I can stand on one leg for more than a second, lol; I would love to do yoga on a secluded beach somewhere, that would be wonderful!

  13. Amy M

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    My back yard, but really I’d rather be doing yoga somewhere more in nature.

  14. Candi Doucet

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    In my own backyard where all the birds hang out and chirp, love Mother Nature <3

  15. Danielle G

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    In the yard of the house I grew up in (my parents still live there) – feelings of comfort, love and very little distraction!

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