Every living being craves light. That’s simply how our bodies function best: with sunshine! Especially when we live in a big, busy city, practicing yoga outdoors will make us feel balanced & happy. Apart from feeling amazingly good, these are my top 3 benefits of practicing yoga outdoors.
1. You will get back in tune with nature’s rhythms
When we spend our days inside of an office or a house, we lose the connection with nature.
We are less aware of the seasonal transitions outside, leaving us unaware of the seasonal changes in our own bodies.
When you are outside, moving & breathing, your body will restore some of that lost rhythm as it recognises the turning leaves as a sign to move towards autumn and shed some of the summer’s heat.
“Living in rhythm with the pulse of nature is one of the greatest things you can do for your body”.
It will start to balance itself and move with more ease & joy.
2.You will sleep better
Artificial lighting is a great invention, but our bodies are not so fond of it. It’s not only tiring for the eyes; it will also mess up your biorhythm.
When it gets dark, our bodies get a message to prepare for sleep. If lamps & computers always light up your life, your inner clock will never know when it’s time for bed. There are even studies that suggest artificial lighting messes with your menstrual cycle, because we are not in tune with the cycles of the moon.
Both sun and moon bathing are great for us: having a little walk or doing some yoga in sun or moon light, will give your body a hint of what time it is & restore it’s natural biorhythm.
3.It will boost the body’s defenses against depression & certain cancers
In my home country the Netherlands, my acupuncturist always detects many vitamin D deficiencies in Dutch clients during wintertime. Simply because the sun doesn’t shine so often up in the north.
Here In Madrid, you can count the rainy days on one hand, which is a great advantage for our bodies!
The body absorbs vitamin D through the skin from sunlight, giving it resistance against osteoporosis, certain cancers and depression.
So lets make the most of this sunny city and enjoy the sun
15 minutes of direct sun light, preferably in the middle of the day, is enough to get your daily dose. (both too much & too little vitamin D are dangerous for the body, check with your doctor if your vitamin D levels are good)
Now of course, when it gets colder outside, it’s not so comfortable to practice yoga in the open air.
But you can still get the benefits when you practice yoga indoors: try to walk or ride your bike to class instead of taking the metro. Or enjoy a little walk during your lunch break & simply notice the flow of your breath for a mini meditation.
You will notice how your body bounces back to balance & thrives with a healthy dose of sun & green!
About the Author
Eliza Coolsma is a yoga teacher based in Madrid and runs her own yoga classes one of which is held in Retiro park on a Sunday. Eliza is passionate about making your life as healthy, happy & easy as possible! She believes that when you get in touch with your body, everything else will start to flow.
“I love infusing your life with bits of healthy wisdom & yoga video’s for everything from a stiff back to a broken heart. I’m committed to help you wherever I can with the experience I gained after 5 years of teaching yoga and having studied with many teachers in Vinyasa Yoga, Prana Flow & Thai Massage courses”.
You can join Eliza online during video courses, or in real life at her classes in Madrid all details can be found at http://www.elizacoolsma.com