Beach yoga not only sounds idyllic and makes you feel like you’re on holiday, but it is proven to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, which sounds like more than enough reason to take a class! Taking your practice to the beach can help you challenge yourself, protect your body, connect with nature, and feel better about life.
Here’s our top six reasons to practice beach yoga...
Exercising outdoors can have extremely positive effects on the nervous system. The sensory experiences of the sounds of the ocean, the soothing ocean breeze, and a few peaceful birds chirping can help you to relax and deepen poses like child’s pose or warrior pose. Plus, the sea breeze helps to cool you down after a vigorous session.
It’s important to commune with nature. Sometimes, we forget this as we would rather be cuddled under a blanket in front of the television than we would against a nice sturdy tree in the forest. Feeling the grass under your toes, the sand in your feet and the fresh air on your skin brings us back to our evolutionary roots and can help you to feel grounded in your yoga practice. Practicing outside enhances our moods and makes us feel much more positive!
Breathing in the sea air has many health benefits that are particularly enhanced by yoga. Your body can actually absorb oxygen easier thanks to the negative ions that are present in the ocean air. These negative ions can help naturally boost your serotonin, which can help you feel more relaxed and happier. Salt also has antibacterial properties. This means that it’ll help you to recover faster from any infections or bacteria that you may have picked up.
Any exercise that you do outside is going to give you a huge boost in vitamin D, even on a cloudy day. Vitamin D is essential for regulating the calcium and phosphate in your body. You need plenty of this vitamin to feel happy and healthy. A lack of vitamin D is associated with autoimmune diseases, such as MS. Vitamin D can help keep your bones and muscles healthy, which is an important part of any yogi’s fitness routine.
While supporting yourself on the sand might add a little challenge to your practice, you’ll get the relaxed benefit of having a soft cushion of support underneath you too. This will help support your hips and bottom too. You might want to try out a few more challenging poses on the beach because you won’t need to worry about falling on a hard wooden floor if you happen to get one wrong.
When you do yoga in a new setting you start learning things about your practice you never noticed before. You may notice your body reacting to a pose in a different way or you might feel completely different about a pose you normally love or hate. Getting out of your comfort zone can help you look at the world (and your yoga practice) through different eyes.
Join Emma from ELM Yoga at Polkerris Beach for a nourishing beach yoga class and harmonise your body, mind & soul in an oceanic, peaceful and picturesque setting. The sessions will be running on the following Thursdays at 10.30 -11.30am: 31st May, 2nd August & 23rd August. As well as the following Saturdays 16th June & 22nd September. Price £10pp
Emma will also be running a Beach Yoga Workshop on August 11, between 2 - 4.30 pm. Join us for this two and half hour workshop, which is designed to help you reconnect with nature and feel great! Price £30pp
Booking advised. Contact Emma at Elm Yoga 07875400677 / firstname.lastname@example.org or book online here.