It's that time of year again! The flowers and trees are in bloom, the birds are singing, the bees are pollinating – Summer Solstice is just around the corner. So take your mat outside and breathe in the beauty that surrounds you.
Find a Place of Beauty
Escape from the usual sounds and scenes of every day life and pick a spot with natural beauty. Luckily here in Rhode Island we have miles of beautiful beaches and great parks to roll out our mats for some meditative movement. Waves crashing or lush trees filled with birds chirping can help provide great cues for coming back to the 'here and now'.
Avoid the Mid-Day Sun & Stay Hydrated
If you are going to take your practice outside, seek a shady area if at all possible, or try to choose times that are before or after the intensity of mid-day heat. Creating an early morning practice or going outside in the evening will help you avoid heat stroke, and drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated as flow through poses.
Pack Light, but Smart
It's better to be prepared! No one wants to be too cold or hot while lying in shavasana, so bring some extra layers that can easily be added or removed as a response to the whimsy of Mother Nature. We suggest having a bag ready with your favorite durable yoga mat, blanket or beach towel, sun block, and water bottle so it's ready to go when you are.