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In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, finding moments of peace and connection can be somewhat of a challenge. We hope, that for our students, our classes present exactly such an opportunity, in a calm and welcoming environment. But it is possible to take that one step further, specifically, with a step into the garden.

Outdoor yoga is more than just a blend of yoga and nature; it’s a holistic approach to well-being that rejuvenates the mind, body, and spirit. Take a moment out of your day to explore the synergy of yoga with the great outdoors, and how this combination can significantly enhance our health and happiness.

The power of green spaces

Spending time in green, natural spaces is a well-documented booster for mental and physical well-being. Nature has a calming effect, reducing stress and anxiety while enhancing mood and cognitive function. Studies show, that just being in a natural environment can lower blood pressure, improve our immune function, and thus even contribute towards an increased life expectancy.

By practicing yoga outdoors, we can harness this benefits parallel to those already provided by yoga itself, creating a powerful, and enjoyable antidote to the stresses of modern life.

Fitness and well-being

Yoga itself is a practice renowned for its extensive health benefits, improving physical attributes like flexibility, strength and balance, while also enhancing mental clarity and emotional resilience.

Regular practice, can lead to better posture, reduced pain, and ultimately a stronger connection between mind and body. When taken outdoors, yoga’s benefits are amplified by the natural setting, fostering a deeper sense of relaxation and focus.

The Vitamin D advantage

One of the significant perks of outdoor yoga is the simple exposure to sunlight, boosting our intake of Vitamin D. This essential nutrient plays a crucial role in bone health, immune function, and mood regulation.

Many people actually suffer with a deficiency of Vitamin D, which presents a host of health issues. So by practicing yoga outside, we naturally increase our levels of the nutrient, supporting our overall wellbeing and vitality.

Embracing imperfection

One of the more unexpected benefits of outdoor yoga, comes from the challenge presented by natural terrain. Practicing yoga on a less level, natural flooring like grass, sand, or even forest ground can significantly improve balance and core strength.

Unlike the stable, even surface of a yoga studio, outdoor settings present uneven terrain that requires subtly more effort to stabilise, engaging different muscle groups, and enhancing proprioception.


The body’s ability to sense its position and movement in space.

This challenges not only make us stronger, but also more adaptable and resilient.

Grounding oneself

Grounding, also known as ‘earthing’, refers to the practice of physically and literally connection to the surface of the earth. Walking barefoot on grass, sand or soil can help reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and boost energy levels by allowing the body to absorb the earth’s electrons.

Yoga, with its emphasis on physical contact and mindfulness, is an excellent way to experience grounding. This connection the the earth fosters a sense of stability and rootedness, as literally as it does figuratively.

Expanding horizons and boundaries

Outdoor yoga invites us to step out of the comfort of the studio, and expand our horizons. The ever-changing environment, from sunshine and breeze, to the sound of birds and occasional rain, teaches us to adapt and embrace the present moment.

This flexibility and openness can translate into other areas of our lives, encouraging personal growth and a broader perspective.

Fresh air

A core element of yoga is Pranayama, or breath control. Practicing yoga in the fresh, open air heightens our awareness of breathing, making each inhale and exhale more deliberate, and nourishing. Clean, fresh air invigorates the lungs, enhances oxygen intake, and improves overall respiratory function.

The conscious activity of breathing not only benefits the physical body, but also calms the mind, promoting a state of inner peace and clarity.

Reconnecting with nature

In the (sometimes relentless) hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature.

Outdoor yoga offers a remedy for this disconnection, providing a space and atmosphere to pause and appreciate the natural world.

The sites, sounds and smells of nature can ground us in the present moment, with gratitude and wonder. This reconnection with nature can be deeply restorative, reminding us of our place in the world and our responsibility to protect and cherish our environment.

International Yoga Day 2024

Celebrating both International Yoga Day 2024, and the principles outlined in this blog, our students stepped out of their comfort zone into the gorgeous greenery of Tatton Park, and enjoyed a day of yoga. It was a great day out, and we’re so pleased with how many of you could join us. Not to mention that the weather held out!

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