There’s nothing more empowering than a great yoga session, doubly so if you’re doing it outside. We’ve already covered the surprising benefits of moving your yoga practice outdoors, but maybe you’re still hesitant. It’s ok, there are a ton of things to think about. We’re here to make sure that you feel calm and empowered before you head out the door. Remember, not everything has to be perfect, that’s sort of the joy of being outside and in the world. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and sometimes it’s messy!
That being said, it’s always good to be prepared. You might have all the good intentions in the world, but forgetting something that you feel like you need is seriously going to mess with your flow. In that vein, here is everything you should bring with you to make sure that your outdoor yoga practice remains restorative, cleansing, and peaceful. Now get out there and live!
A Clear Mind and a Sense of Calm
OK, we’re going to get into the nuts and bolts of what you’ll need to bring, don’t worry, but the most important thing to remember is that a sense of calm and purpose is the bedrock of any yoga practice. Outdoor yoga is supposed to connect you with your surroundings, but that can only happen if you let it. Before you start, make sure to take long, even breaths and focus your energy. Let calm wash over you, and know that even if you don’t have the perfect yoga session (you’re not as flexible, the birds seem too loud, whatever) it’s going to be good — and good for you.
A Good Hearty Towel is Key for Outdoor Yoga Cool Downs
Yoga makes us sweat, that’s a given. How you deal with it is up to you. It’s time to treat yourself to a nice towel. You’ll be surprised at how good a great towel is going to make the rest of your practice. Of course egyptian cotton and terry cloth are perpetual favorites, some new microfibers offer similar benefits — and at a fraction of the price. Tencel is a staff favorite for its ability to wick moisture from the skin. Do your due diligence and find a towel that’s right for you. Your cool down will never feel so good.
A Yoga Mat That’s as Eco-Friendly as You Are
Yoga mats are as individual as the practitioners who use them, so find a mat that’s large and hearty enough to handle a tumble in the great outdoors. While there are plenty of options that work for both indoor and outdoor yoga, it might be nice to have one that you use for each. There are tons of variety, but in general you’re looking for a large mat that has at least some natural adhesive quality on its bottom so that you won’t be sliding around once you get into downward dog. Going green is also important, so look for sustainable materials like natural rubber or a hearty microfiber. We want to keep the environment clean and our carbon footprint low so that everyone can enjoy their outdoor yoga practice for years to come.
A Large and Hearty Water Bottle For Hydration Outdoors
You’re going to need to replenish those fluids, so a big water bottle is a must. While it might seem like an afterthought, your cool down is just as important to your body as the practice itself. Don’t shortchange your body on H2O! There are tons of great, green options available, from camelbak to stainless steel, but no matter what you choose, make sure that you’re using it. Plus, a fun water bottle encourages hydration throughout the day, another important factor in how effective your yoga can be. Remember, your practice doesn’t start on the mat, it’s an all day affair.
Lightweight Clothing to Stand Up to the Elements
That cute top that you use at your indoor yoga routines may not be enough to stand up to the elements, so plan accordingly. There are tons of lightweight, solid options to pick from, but perhaps the best option is to look at the Soltech options. They offer everything from jackets to pants to shirts, and all are hearty enough to stand up to the elements, while keeping you in contact with nature and the benefits of vitamin D. Plus, they look great. Having that perfect outfit will give you the confidence and peace of mind to really let your yoga practice thrive. So go, check these off your list and live your best life by practicing outdoor yoga. You’re going to be surprised by how great you feel.
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