[tps_header]I am fortunate that about half of the yoga classes that I teach in Hawaii are held outside. There is something different about practicing outside; I notice the students that are typically intimidated by yoga studios are more open to the idea of trying yoga outdoors because being in nature seems to automatically put everyone at ease. If you aren’t used to practicing yoga outside, here are a few tips to keep in mind:[/tps_header]
Embrace the elements. After all, connecting with nature is probably why you’re practicing outdoors anyway. Nature isn’t just blue skies, butterflies and rainbows. It’s also strong wind, rain, flies, uneven ground and sometimes bird poop. So, let go of how it’s supposed to be and accept how it is. Use a towel that can easily be washed if you don’t want to get your yoga mat dirty. If it’s a spontaneous yoga session that happens at a beautiful spot along a mountainous hike or beach walk, enjoy not using a mat at all and literally feel the earth touch your skin. If it starts to rain, let go of the idea of staying dry. Doing so will allow you to have the most powerful yoga practice of your life.