Explorer Yoga’s tips for a great outdoor yoga experience!
Yoga outdoors in the fall and winter allows us to continue to practice as a group and safely enjoy the company of others during the pandemic, and it helps prevent cabin fever! It also allows us to get outside our comfort zones and stay connected to nature as the seasons change. Here are our recommendations for your outdoor yoga practice:
Wear breathable layers that you can move and stretch easily in. If rain or mist is in the forecast, a light rain jacket is recommended. Remember the 20 degree rule and dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer than it actually is (so, if the forecast is 40 degrees, put on clothing that would keep you comfortable at 60 degrees). You may feel a bit chilly until you get warmed up, but that won't take long! When in doubt, wear an extra layer that you can tie around your waist in case you get too warm. Bring a hat or ear muffs and gloves; you can always stash them if you don't need them.
Remember to wear a mask.
Wear sturdy shoes that you can walk or hike in. Light hikers or trail shoes are great.
OTHER USEFUL GEAR
We love using hiking poles or walking sticks to assist with balancing postures, as well as during a hike or walk. To stay hydrated, make sure to bring some water with you. Also consider carrying hand sanitizer whenever you are away from home, to keep those hands clean!
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
Check the forecast before class so that you will be prepared and can dress for the temperature and conditions. Pop-Up Classes will take advantage of the best weather but conditions will still vary.
In the past, we've been known to say "leave your expectations at the door" for our indoor classes. For outdoor yoga, you can just leave them in your vehicle! There are more distractions in an outdoor class; this means that we have even more opportunities to practice mindfulness and non-attachment. When you stay open to whatever comes, amazing things can happen! No matter your level of physical ability, you will be able to find just the right amount of challenge in our outdoor classes.