I make no secret of sharing my love for the coast on my Instagram account. When I found yoga and qualified as an instructor, it was a dream of mine to teach people in my favourite place. I think many would agree that being by the water makes us feel calmer. So coupled with mindful movement and breathwork, we have a powerful combination for our well-being.
Here are some of the benefits of practicing on the beach, from both a personal and scientific viewpoint!
1. You feel more connected with nature. Being in nature is amazing for our mental health. Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy or green therapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the benefits. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
2. You have so much space & quiet (if timed right of course), giving you a beautiful stripped back natural environment for your movement/meditation/pranayama.
3. Free the feet! Grounding, also referred to as ‘earthing’, is a therapeutic technique involving activities that ‘ground’ or reconnect you to the earth. As we place our bare feet on the ground, the body absorbs negative electrons from the earth. The negative ions help to balance out the positive ions in our body and improve our wellbeing.
4. Practicing next to the sound of the waves can be soothing and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) moving us away from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). When we start breathing slower, we can ease any anxiety/built up tension.
5. I personally find myself feeling totally free and at peace.
6. If you’ve had an awful day, you can visualise the water and wind washing away all the negatives, starting a fresh. Breathe, flow and let it go!
7. You don’t need a mat, fancy yoga leggings or music. Just you and the elements.
8. It’s never the same. It could be the same beach - but the sky, tides, feel of the sand, are different every time.
Why not give it a go? Even if it’s just sitting on the sand to slow your breath down. Try this: inhale for 6 counts, hold for 4, exhale for 6, hold for 4 and repeat.
I teach yoga on the beach during the spring and summer months... weather dependant. You can book a class here.
If you have any questions, drop me a message!