Yoga Outdoors

Intoxication with color, sometimes subliminal, often fierce, may express itself as a profound attachment to landscape.

Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky

Rolling out my mat in the grass for an outdoor yoga practice has felt natural to me from the very beginning. (More comfortable than a studio ever has, in all honesty.) I know it all comes down to personal preference, but for me: yoga outside is the ultimate!!

Yoga on a lunch break at a garden near work!

This is why I am SO excited to be teaching outdoor yoga, on a farm, later this month!! If you are local to New Jersey then I hope to see you there! More details below.

My primary yoga teacher, Lesley Fightmaster, released beautiful HD videos each week of herself teaching yoga on the beaches of southern California. This got my gears turning. Why limit myself to a yoga practice in my dusty home, or in a dark studio, when I could hit the sand instead? Or the grass? Or the wood planks of a quaint garden gazebo? I began traveling everywhere with my mat, often using my lunch breaks at work to scout out the next lush, vibrant, out-of-the-way space for me to post up and reset in the middle of my day through some yoga poses and mindful breathing.

Now that the weather is turning mild again you can expect that I will be prowling around for the best yoga spots again! And oftentimes the best spot is the backyard – simply as a matter of convenience. Yoga doesn’t have to be grand or fancy, and you can definitely gain a new appreciation for your own space through the lens of outdoor yoga.

Last night I finished reading The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky by Ellen Meloy. (I highly recommend! 👍) The entire book is an invitation to look at nature, and all of the natural forces, with reverence, awe and humor. Full appreciation of nature is about taking on new perspectives and engaging all of your senses.

For a homebody surrounded by the familiar or a traveler exploring the strange, there can be no better guide to a place than the weight of its air, the behavior of its light, the shape of its water, the textures of rock and feather, leaf and fur, and the ways that humans bless, mark or obliterate them. Each of us possesses five fundamental, enthralling maps to the natural world: sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell.

Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky

It’s hard for me to imagine a better way to channel healthy “intoxication with color” than to practice outdoor yoga. Great news – I’ve scouted out a new place for us to roll out our mats together, yay! 🎉🎉

Join me for Farm Yoga & Volunteering @ School Lunch Organic Farm in Hackettstown, NJ on Sunday, May 22 @ 10AM. Registration/Information link below.

Feel the warm sun and the tickle of a light breeze on your skin as you lay in savasana on your mat. See the green of grass and plants, the blue of sky, the rainbow of mats spread around on the ground. Smell the dirt, and hear the call of birds, the breath of the wind. And then who knows: take home a veggie seedling while you are at the farm and then taste the earth transmuted into tomato flesh after you nurture your garden into fruit! 🌱🌈🌿

I would love to see you there! *Sign up soon – spots are limited!*

I’m curious: Where do you like to do your physical yoga practice? Or – better yet – where would be your *dream* location to practice yoga? Let me know in the comments below!! 👇

PS – Do you need help unwinding from your day? Let me help! Sign up for your free guided meditation here. 🎯

Another lunch break yoga set up

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