Any form of activity gains something from the natural environment. Here, yoga instructor Shawna Emerick, one of the yoga teachers in the summertime yoga program I coordinate, writes beautifully and eloquently about what doing yoga in nature means to her. Do you agree?
~Nancy

Let your Spirit Soar

Let your Spirit Soar

At this time every year, I get really excited! Not just because summer has officially started, or because we can all eat outside, or because I weigh ten pounds less without coat, hat, boots, and gloves, but because the outdoor yoga starts (ok, and all those other reasons too)! Classes being totally free to all people is a great perk, however, there is so much more that makes doing yoga in nature so magical.

EarthSpirit

EarthSpirit


Appreciation for our fellow live beings of this earth is heightened. Trees seem to talk to us in unconditional support to spread our own “branches” as we dig deep into the “roots” of our essence; they breathe with us on the journey. Tiny insects remind us that no matter how `small` our thoughts cause us to feel, that we are actually very important and play a big role on this planet. Birds flying high above, and those watching us as they waddle past our mats, remind us that it doesn’t matter where we have been, or where we are going, but what matters is being right here, now. As we appreciate all things, we laugh to see that they are appreciating us, and reminding us of this ever evolving cycle of life.

Community grows from this place. From the communion with nature, to the communion with friends, old and new, we share in the practice of “union”(yoga) together. We come to see that we share so much more than just flesh and bones, breath and movement; we share in feeling. We have all, I am sure, at some point or another in our lives, felt sadness, happiness, joy, sorrow, pain, and peace. And, yet, when we come to the grass, with the sky above, and our fellow beings and friends around us, we are all one. We can let go of grief and be loved just the way we are. We can celebrate our uniqueness while embracing the common thread of spirit.

All of this, and so much more that words cannot describe, seem to fire up the practice! Your Spirit might soar, you might strike that awesome pose, you might be so inclined to sing out loud or dance freely! Or, you mind feel that inner shifting, that letting go you have been waiting for, or the inner peace you thought could never happen. I can’t promise anything, for it is up to you; offer yourself the time for yourself, you deserve it. When you serve and honor yourself, you serve and honor all things, even that little ant that just crawled over your big toe!

So, I hope you will join me, and Nancy, and many others in bringing your yoga outdoors this summer!

Shawna is the owner of Breathe and Believe and “Your Wellness Navigator”
www.ShawnaShakti.com

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