Benefits of Outdoor Yoga

The 4 Benefits of Outdoor Yoga

 

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to spend time outdoors! Nature has proven to have profound effects on your physical or mental health.

 

One of the beauties of yoga is that it can be done anywhere. Not only can taking your yoga workouts outdoors be fun, but it’s known to have significant benefits on your mind, body and spirit.

 

Here are just a few benefits of outdoor yoga.

 

  1. Outdoor Yoga Can Improve Energy Levels

Taking yoga or other workouts outside sends signals to our brains that our body is back in its native environment and causes us to stay more alert to our surroundings. When we spend time outdoors, feelings of vigor and vitality are restored. When you’re working out outdoors, say in the Hudson Valley, you’re also breathing in fresh, clean air. Research shows that spending time in the fresh air surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people.

 

2. Outdoor Yoga Increases Our Vitamin D Levels

If you’re someone who takes daily vitamin D pills because you know it plays a substantial role in the regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, two factors that are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones, consider getting your Vitamin D from it’s natural source - the sun!

When you take your yoga workout outdoors, you get the all-natural source for the essential vitamin D. Your body actually produces vitamin D naturally when it's directly exposed to sunlight, so even spending 20 minutes outdoors gives your body the daily dose of vitamin D it needs.

 

3. Natural Scenery From Outdoor Yoga Heightens Your Awareness

When you leave the four walls of the studio and workout outdoors, all of your senses are awakened.

Fresh air heightens breath awareness and you can start to feel the oxygen flowing through your lungs, clearing your mind and relaxing your muscles. Spending time outdoors also reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which helps us to enter a deeper state of relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

4. You Can Literally Look Up To The Sky

Have you ever been to a yoga class where the instructor asked you to reach up to the sky or turn your gaze to the sky? When you take your yoga class outdoors, you can do just that! These cues become more than just figurative language. When the sky is our ceiling, we feel more connected with the Earth and with nature, improving our mood and increasing our appreciation for nature’s beauty.



Interested in all the benefits outdoor yoga has to offer? Join us for Rooftop Yoga at the Inn And Spa At Beacon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Roger Greenwald