The new year is here and everyone is trying to make better choices and commit to new fitness and exercise plans. If you are trying to get fit with outdoor yoga sessions, there are few essentials that you should grab beforehand.
Practicing yoga outside allows you to tap into the bliss of the great outdoors and takes the whole healing benefits of yoga to a new level. Combining the breath of fresh air and the calmness your mind gets from the tranquility of your environment switches up your daily yoga routine and rejuvenates your mind, body, and soul.
Of course, to make the most of your outdoor yoga sessions, you have to be well prepared.
Here are five top essentials you’ll need for outdoor yoga sessions.
1. Yoga Clothing
Well, it seems like a no-brainer, but you have to ensure you wear the right clothes for the outdoors. If you’re planning on indulging in that early morning gentle flow yoga session, then add a few layers of clothing. Yoga Hoodies are essential to keep you warm and optimized for a workout in the cool breeze. Yoga pants are a good idea too. You should also consider putting on shoes particularly when the grounds are not well manicured. A slip-on, flip-flops or any easy-to-wear shoes are excellent, but if you are open to any adventure opportunities that may arise after the yoga session, then you may want to put on your sneakers. Organic cotton is ideal for activewear because it allows your body to move freely and not overheat.
2. Yoga Mat
That takes us to the second essential. Don’t forget your yoga mat. A lot of yogis are tempted to sink their feet and hands into the grass, only to have their sessions disrupted soon after small insects begin crawling on their arms and legs. Bring along a lightweight mat, and you can even go ahead and lay a town next to the top end of your mat to keep the bugs away during your savasana.
3. Protect Your Skin
Since you are training under direct sunlight, it is essential that you apply an organic and natural sunscreen that will offer protection from the UV rays. A sweat-resistant sunscreen is the most ideal as it will help you remain cool and fresh while also avoiding your skin from drying out. You should also consider carrying an insect repellant which will protect your skin from the bugs.
4. Re-usable Water Bottle
Drink water! You’ve probably heard this a million times already, but again, hydration is vital. Pack a reusable water bottle that will last you through your yoga session. It’s usually recommended to drink water about half of your body weight (ounces) daily, but you might want to double that amount if you are practicing yoga in the hot summer heat. You may increase your water intake even more if you are doing yoga in high altitude locations. Use a smart water bottle like
5. Find a Perfect Spot in the Shade
Finally, you want to find a place where you can practice yoga in the ideal conditions, and that is most likely under a shadow. You should avoid practicing under direct sunlight as such hot conditions will wear you off faster and leave you dehydrated. Besides, yoga under direct sunlight is not equal to hot yoga. Instead, find a spot with ample shade preferably under a tree, on your patio or under a pavilion.
With these five essentials taken care of, there’s no doubt you’ll have a relaxing and successful session. Have fun!