There are yoga classes for all levels, taught by experts in their fields. River Zen classes take place overlooking the water to utilize its calming effects. However, there is no reason to leave the knowledge you have acquired in the classroom. The USA has some of the most beautiful natural beauty on Earth, so there is really no excuse not to find a remote spot to meditate. Here are some of the benefits of practicing yoga in the great outdoors.
Clarity and Focus
Our brains naturally crave the outdoors. The air inside can be up to five times dirtier than it is outside. Yoga focuses on breathing techniques, so it doesn’t make sense to be breathing anything but the cleanest, most toxin free air. A good yoga hall will be airy, well ventilated and not cleaned with toxic chemicals. However, your home may be less than ideal for air quality.
Being among nature allows the brain to relax deeply, by avoiding the overstimulation of busy cities and technology. You should leave any electronic equipment switched off and in a bag, out of sight. Then find a place to lay your yoga mat, which is away from people as much as possible. Feel the stillness and serenity of being completely alone, so that you can more easily achieve a zen like state.
Achieve a Transcendent State
Yoga is more than just a physical exercise. In the same way that nature can awaken your spirituality, yoga is about achieving different states of consciousness. Whether you feel like you are connecting to God or some other powerful force, the sublimity of nature will help you get there.
Nature is a source of wisdom and has been since the beginning of humanity. Mountains, such as the Olympic Mountains in Washington and the Cascade Range in Oregon, have always been associated with myths and legends by Native Americans. They are said to be the abodes of gods. Nepalese and North Indian sages claim to have found enlightenment while trekking in the Himalayas. If you are looking for true transcendence and knowledge, then it is to be found in the most remote areas.
Whatever level you are at in your yoga journey, there is no better place to practice between classes than out in nature. Here you can really clear your mind of distractions and focus on becoming mindful and present with the world around you.
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