There is something mystical about practicing yoga in the midst of nature.
The breeze that touches the body, the feeling of relaxation that the colors of nature convey to the sight, the subtle energy of the water, the light of the lake ... Whether you are a beginner or an expert, with this short sequence of outdoor yoga it is possible enjoy all the benefits of this ancient discipline.
WHEN IS IT BEST TO PRACTICE YOGA?
There are specific times to practice yoga at its best: in the morning upon awakening and in the evening at the end of the day. If we practice yoga in the morning we will have an invigorating and energizing effect on the whole organism; in the evening, instead, yoga will help us to calm and relax tensions and fatigue accumulated during the day.
By combining the evening practice in a suggestive location like the shore of a lake, the relaxing effect is enhanced.
1) The first step to relax the body is to re-establish good blood circulation: especially in the summer, women's legs tend to stiffen and heat up, creating many discomfort during wakefulness and during sleep. Try the Navasana position: Raise your legs and stretch them forward by contracting your quadriceps. The torso moves back and the arms are level with the knees. Maintain the position for at least 5 minutes relaxing the neck.
2) Relieve stress with twists . Take the cross-legged position by turning your torso to the right and placing your left hand on your right knee. Look behind your shoulders and keep your spine straight. Repeat on the other side. The important thing is to breathe throughout the practice.
3) Relax your shoulders too. The position of the Balasana or position of the child loosens and relieves the sense of heaviness in the head and back. The arms are extended forward. Maintain the position for one minute.
4) Relax your back and abdomen . Lying down, bring the soles of your feet together and bring your heels near your groin. Open your knees outwards and if you want, put two pillows under your knees to increase relaxation. The arms can be spread apart or over the head with the palms facing up. Also in this position it is necessary to breathe deeply to allow the abdomen and lower back to relax. Each exhalation tries to bring the knees closer and closer to the earth.