Skip to main content

New Roots Blog

Wellness & Wilderness: An Outdoor Yoga Guide

A woman is doing outdoor yoga in dark pants and a light tank top.

Yoga. The very word conjures images of serenity, flexibility, and inner peace. But have you ever thought about practicing outdoor yoga, beneath the open sky and surrounded by the whispers of nature? Outdoor yoga offers a unique experience that transcends the traditional studio setting, and it’s an experience anyone can enjoy whether it’s your first time or 5000th.

Benefits Beyond the Studio Walls

Rolling out your mat outdoors unlocks so many benefits that can enhance your yoga practice beyond what you get from an indoor practice.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Indoor studios can sometimes feel stuffy and constricting. Outdoor yoga allows you to breathe in fresh air, invigorating your body and mind. Fresh oxygen enhances mental clarity and focus, allowing you to connect more deeply with yourself and your poses.

Enhanced Connection with Nature

Practicing wellness yoga within the sights and sounds of nature fosters a sense of grounding and peace. The rustling leaves, chirping birds, and gentle breeze create a symphony that soothes the soul. Immersing yourself in nature reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and enhances general happiness.

Amplified Sensory Experience

The natural world engages all your senses, heightening your awareness. Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, the coolness of the grass beneath your feet, and the gentle breeze against your face can deepen your connection to nature and the present moment.

Vitamin D Boost

Sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, immune function, muscle function, and brain cell activity. Practicing yoga outdoors allows you to soak up some rays (safely, of course!), promoting overall health and mental well-being. Just don’t forget your sunscreen! 

A More Spacious Practice

Crowded studios can feel limiting, especially for flowing sequences or poses that require more space. Outdoors, you have the freedom to move your body with greater ease and explore your range of motion without feeling confined.

A Uniquely Beautiful Setting

Whether you choose a serene park, a scenic beach, or a peaceful meadow, practicing yoga in a beautiful natural setting adds a layer of joy and inspiration to your practice.

Yoga for Every Body

One of the most beautiful things about yoga is its inclusivity. Yoga is not about achieving Instagram-perfect poses – it’s about connecting with your body and breathing and moving in a way that feels good for you.

Here’s why outdoor yoga is perfect for anyone that wants to try it out:

  • Beginners welcome: If you’re new to yoga, don’t be intimidated by the outdoor setting. Many instructors offer beginner-friendly classes with basic poses and modifications. Or you can do a self-guided practice and move at your own pace.
  • Experienced yogis thriving: Outdoor yoga provides an opportunity for seasoned practitioners to deepen their practice by connecting with nature and exploring their limits in a more spacious environment.
  • Modifications for all: The beauty of yoga is that there are always modifications for different body types and limitations. If you’re being led in a practice, don’t hesitate to ask for adjustments or alternative poses that suit your specific needs.

What You Need to Get Started

A person in black tights and sports bra doing outdoor yoga with a yellow mat on green grass.

All you need to start doing outdoor yoga is an open mind and a few simple items:

  • Comfortable clothing: Wear breathable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Consider the weather conditions and choose layers if necessary. Light, quick-drying fabrics are ideal.
  • Yoga mat: Invest in a comfortable yoga mat that provides adequate cushioning and stability. Some outdoor yoga mats even have a textured surface for better grip on uneven terrain.
  • Sunscreen and hat: If you’re practicing in sunny weather, protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and a hat.
  • Water bottle: Stay hydrated throughout your practice by bringing a reusable water bottle.
  • Open mind and positive attitude: Come with a willingness to embrace the experience and a desire to connect with nature. Leave any expectations at the door, and simply enjoy the moment.

Embrace the Unexpected

While an outdoor yoga practice offers a multitude of benefits, it’s important to be mindful of potential challenges. You might encounter unexpected elements like wind, insects, or uneven terrain.  See these as opportunities to practice mindfulness and adapt your practice accordingly. 

Breathe, Stretch, Repeat

Looking up at a green canopy of trees.

Unroll your mat, step outside, and breathe in the fresh air. Outdoor yoga offers a unique and enriching experience that deepens your connection with nature and yourself.  Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, there’s always something new to learn about yourself and your yoga practice.

Yoga with Wild & Immersive

As a firm believer in mindfulness and being one with nature, we have previously organized yoga sessions with our staff, students, and visitors. Check out our events to find out more. 

Coming up, we have our Rainforest Retreat, which includes activities such as swimming, canoeing, and more!

If you can’t make it out for our special events or retreats, try some yoga at home with this easy yoga tutorial you can do with your kids, anytime, anywhere: