For the vast majority of our 200,000-year existence as modern humans, we have been nomadic hunters and gatherers, immersed in nature. We co-evolved with nature; we were shaped, influenced, and adapted to interact and resonate with the wild. Being in nature—even a relaxed walk through a meadow, a hike in the forest, or a paddle on a lake—allows us to come back into relationship with our original blueprint, nourishing our senses and our souls with a symphony of stimulus that grounds us firmly in the present moment.
Japan has been well ahead of the curve in recognizing this and, in the 1980s, developing and prescribing a nature therapy called shinrin-yoku, which translates as forest bathing, to help restore balance. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
Seeing how effortlessly yoga translates into the outdoor environment inspires us to bring the practice into other aspects of life, and reminds us of our deep and timeless roots in nature.
I experience all the gifts of the practice within the nurturing embrace of sunshine, wind, water, and earth.
Nature has always been known to act as a revitalizing agent, so why not reap the fruits of rejuvenation, inhale fresh air, present the eyes with a sight of bounty, rest in the arms of dawn and fill our lives with happiness?
Conducting yoga sessions out in Nature helps one gain sunlight which is a great source of Vitamin D, the fresh air inhaled during mornings can prove instrumental in detoxifying the body and you feel beautiful from within.
“Sarveśām Svastir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Shāntir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Pūrnam Bhavatu
Sarveśām Maṇgalam Bhavatu”
Meaning: May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all