Get outside — Benefits of outdoor yoga
I'm a typical example of someone who's mood changes when the weather is shitty. I love being outside, being cooped indoors makes me wriggly and fed up. And yes — I am well aware that I probably shouldn't live in the north of England if I feel this way… But that can't be helped.
As soon as the rain is gone I'm outside. Usually with my dog Atticus, walking somewhere beautiful and preferably a place we've never been to before. When I think of all the amazing scenes I've witnessed just by trudging through the countryside it's pretty amazing.
Being outside makes me feel alive. Breathing in natural air and seeing trees towering above you, and seeing how happy it makes Atticus being in these wild settings. Naturally, doing yoga outdoors is one of my favourite things. Ever. And in my opinion there is nowhere better than a beach.
Feeling sand and hearing the sea instantly calms me. Preferably on a warm day, practicing yoga on the beach feels so natural, and as though it was invented for that exact setting. There's something about breathing in sea air that feels cleansing.
Obviously we would all love to be doing this on a beach in Bali, but for some of us that just isn't possible. The UK has so many hidden spots that we don't realise we have access to — have a good search for the closest places to you and I bet you'll find a gem.
Seeing as though we are supposed to be in summer, let's make the most of the dry days we get. Take a picture of yourself doing yoga somewhere outside and upload it to Instagram, tagging it with #YDGetOutside
Photography by Scott Cross