CONNECT with NATURE
Let’s take our practice outside!
Join me, Simone as we make the most of the beautiful surrounds that is Virginia Lake, one of my favourite places on earth!
During this 90 minute special workshop, we will explore our deep (and often forgotten) connection with nature, discovering powerful ways to layer yoga with mindful moments, outdoors.
RELAX and RECHARGE
We will start with a sensory meditation and pranayama (breath work) in a secluded spot, before we take a short walking meditation around the trails of Virginia Lake to drink in the landscape. During this time you will learn hand mudras and asanas (poses) you can do using nature as your props (no blocks or straps needed!).
On our way back to base we will stop and settle down in a serene, shaded, grassy spot to flow through a gentle, pure (sattva) yoga sequence that will tap into our purusha (true nature), combined with many moments to sense, feel and touch natures wonders. We’ll practice morna (silence) on our short stroll back to base so we can really let the senses tap into nature.
Studies repeatedly show that being in nature has many benefits, from increasing the activity of cancer-fighting cells to lowering blood pressure and increasing memory and attention span. As human beings, we’re meant to be outside. Practicing outdoor yoga connects us to yoga’s roots, the ancient yogi sages knew that their relationship with nature was an essential part of yoga.
With each deep natural breath of air we’ll relax, breathe and open up to the energy of the sky – you’ll feel fresh and more alive, each pose will be heightened and you’ll open up to a whole world of inner clarity, self-awareness and divine abundance.
No mat required, this is a practice connecting ourselves as close as possible to mother earth. Maybe just wear some clothing that you don’t mind getting ‘touched’ by nature. I’ll invite you to take your shoes and socks off during our yoga sequence so you can ground down and balance yourself with nature.
Please note that we will meet at Rotokawa Reserve (off Norfolk Drive, just to the left of the roundabout), a very private area backing on to Virginia Lake where we will start our sensory meditation, there’s lots of large trees and shade.
Beginners, first timers and experienced yogi’s welcome. R13, but please do contact Simone if you have a younger one who you think would enjoy and benefit.
If the weather is wet, we will postpone and post this on our Facebook page 8am am on the day.
Expect to learn tools to better manage stress and reach moments of clarity with this 90 minutes of eco-yoga, natures prescription to cultivate more clam in your life. Take home’s to enhance your yoga practice include:
- A meditation perfect for connecting with nature
- Pranayama (breathing) technique to calm the nervous system and increase the life force running through you
- Tricks to easily turn on the five senses
- A walking meditation – never stroll the same again!
- Five hand seals/mudras to deepen your practice
- Six+ asanas using nature as your props
- A gentle sattva (pure) outdoor yoga sequence to open up the body and restore the soul
- Tools and tips for tapping into natures medicine and abundance