5 Yoga Poses for Your Perfect Outdoor Practice

5 Yoga Poses for Your Perfect Outdoor Practice

Practicing yoga and being in nature immediately grounds us because both of these activities connect us to Prana, our life-source energy.

Allowing this energy to flow freely is vital to having physical and emotional wellbeing.

Immersing ourselves in the natural elements of this world stimulates our creative energies and wakes up our bodies, allowing our prana to move more fluidly.

There are few things that we find more relaxing than yoga and being outside. Combining these two peaceful experiences creates a magical grounding practice.

We have created the following practice for you as a salute to Mother Nature for always restoring our vitality.

This practice is designed for you to take on your next hike or camping trip so you can soak in the beauty of the natural world.

Outdoor yoga

Why go outside?

  • Fresh air has more oxygen and allows deeper breaths.
  • Less stimulation allows the mind to rest, improves concentration, and sleep.
  • Being in nature reduces stress and increases levels of the hormones that help us feel good.

5 Poses To Take Outdoors With You

Don’t get us wrong. You can do ALL yoga poses outdoors, but here are a few of our favorites to practice around a campfire after a long day hike.

Don’t forget to notice the natural elements around you as you practice.

 

Outdoor yoga and fire

Listen to the birds.

Watch the fire.

Feel the earth beneath you.

Soaking in the moment you are in as much as you can will invite more presence into your life and allow you to drop into a mindful state.

Peaceful and healing natural outdoors

1. Puppy Pose

Puppy yoga pose

Begin in a Tabletop with your hips stacked over your knees.

Leaving your hips where they are, walk your hands as far forward as you can.

Bring your forehead down to the ground. If the ground isn’t accessible for you, feel free to place a pillow or blanket under your forehead to elevate the ground.

You can let your forearms rest on the ground or keep them lifted here.

Find 5-10 breaths.

2. Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose

Come onto your hands and knees.

Bring your hands forward of your shoulders a few inches.

Spread your fingers wide and press your palms and knuckles into the ground.

Tuck your toes and lift your sitting bones towards the sky.

Keep the knees slightly bent as you allow your body to come into the posture.

When you are ready, and if it is accessible, you can work your heels towards the ground.

Find 5-10 breaths.

3. Crescent Lunge With Shoulder Opener

Crescent lunge with shoulder opener yoga pose

From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward.

Bend your front knee to 90 degrees and stack it over the ankle.

Come onto the ball of your back foot with your heel stack directly over the ball.

With the back legged engaged, reach your arms towards the sky and stack the shoulders over the hips.

5 Pose Outdoor Yoga Practice Graphic

Bring your hands to the small of your back and make a fist by interlacing your fingers and pressing your palms towards one another.

Press that fist towards the ground as you lift your heart towards the sky.

Lift your gaze.

Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

4. Tree Pose

Tree yoga pose

Come to standing with your feet hip distance apart.

Shift the weight to your left foot and begin to lift up the right foot.

Bring the bottom of the right foot to the inside of the left leg, above or below the knee.

Press your palms together at heart center.

Firmly press into both your feet.

Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

5. Seated Twist With Leg Extension

Seated twist with leg extension yoga pose

Come to seated with knees bent and feet on the ground.

Pick up your right foot, kicking it forward as you work towards straightening that leg.

Keep the right foot engaged by flexing the toes back towards the face.

Bring your left hand to the outside of your right foot.

Twist your heart to the right as you reach your right arm behind you. T

he right arm can stay lifting or you can bring the hand down to the ground on the right side of you for support as you twist.

Keep the heart lifted by gently pulling the navel into the spine and lifting the heart up towards the sky.

Find 5-10 breaths. Switch sides when you’re ready.

Bonus Breath Work: Grounding Breath

Grounding breath yoga breath work

Begin in a standing position with a little space in between your feet and your arms alongside you.

Root your feet into the earth by gently pressing down through all parts of your feet.

With each inhale, start to visualize that you are calling your breath up from the earth.

Create a visual in your mind of the breath moving into your feet, legs, belly, heart, and filling your entire body.

With your exhales, visualize that you are pushing that breath back down into the earth.

Continue to visualize this breath moving up and down from the earth for a few minutes or until you feel grounded and connected to the earth.

Cobra yoga pose- outdoor yoga

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