“Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.”
Maybe an unusual quote source for this week’s yoga post, but for me it rings true…
This weekend I plucked up the courage and took my yoga practice outside. With mat in hand and no laptop to connect to DOYOUYOGA or my iPhone, with it’s preset Perfect Playlist, I ventured out, alone, into the unknown…my back garden!
Guess what?…I loved it!
Initially, I suppose I felt a little self conscious. Don’t ask me why, because no one could see me and it was early in the morning. But once I connected to the breath and got into the flow of my familiar routine, I soon realised that I felt good and it was really working. I didn’t need all the technology that I rely on daily; yep…I’m a bit of an addict that way. For once, I was actually just letting go and concentrating on me and my yoga.
What made the experience so special?
I can honestly say, that I wasn’t just focusing on myself, I was connecting with nature and my environment. I was facing the sun with my salutations; it was warming and felt good. Birdsong and cooing pigeons provided the soothing, musical background for the flow of movement and the fresh morning breeze just felt exhilarating. As I twisted and turned, I saw the sun glisten on the greenery, noticed the colour and new flowers on the pink phlox in the corner and I found myself smiling. It was sheer joy watching the changing cloudscape, as I looked upwards towards the sky, from a shoulder stand. I finished with the most relaxing meditation. I had stepped away from my normal routine and felt a great sense of achievement. It was a great experience, and if any of my neighbours did catch sight of me, c’est la vie!
As we are now in the month of August, I intend to make the most of the good weather, so I’ve decided to continue with this outdoor venture. I want to hear the sound of water trickling in a pond or from a stream. I want to find that perfect spot, shaded by trees, in the park and or woodlands. I may even venture to the beach, to feel the sand between my toes, as stand in a strong warrior pose.
It’s a natural high and I want some more.