I’m in Maui, and I thought, hey! I should do some yoga by the beach! So I did. *gasp* *trumpets*
I’ve got some tips you might want to read, along with a simple routine for you to follow. If you’re not a yoga person, I wrote an article on why you should be!
Right after my yoga session, I also went running along the coast, and it was gorgeous. Such an amazing experience. And i had no idea I could get that much sand in my tennis shoes.
Anyways, here are the tips!
1. Bring a mat or a beach towel, or find a grassy spot.
As nice as it is to just be like the chick in the lovely stock image above and say I’m going to be one with nature and just do this yoga on the sand don’t. Downward dog is tough when the sand is caving in around your hands and feet, and 99% chance you’re going to get it in your eyes and under your nails and it’ll be gross (unless you’re truly a badass Yogi, then congrats because I don’t know how you do it.)
I was lucky enough to find a nice grassy hill by the water that was just as good, so I didn’t need a towel or a mat.
2. Plan a routine — and then do what you want.
It’s nice to have a routine to start with, and then kinda do what you feel like. If you know a few moves you want to do to start off with, then you can really just enjoy the sound of the waves as you move through a simple vinyasa flow or a few asana poses, and then just improvising from there.
3. Take your time.
You’re at the beach — enjoy the spray of the ocean, the swaying of the palm trees, the crashing of the waves. Yoga is equal parts mind and body, and it’s important to really absorb your surroundings as you take your focus to your breath its link to your movement.
4. Do it at sunset.
Or, in the morning. I guarantee you there’s nothing more relaxing and breathtaking than doing yoga at these times. There’s also the added bonus that the weather is perfect (at least in Maui) at these times. Depending on where you are, you may want to layer your workout clothing. Make sure your clothing isn’t too loose so that it rides up when you’re doing inverted poses.
5. Set an Intention.
Do you have a creative project you’re working on later that you need to focus on? Is there a problem you need to solve, or are you trying to de-stress? Is this going to be a healing yoga session, or a strength one? Are you trying to push yourself and try difficult poses or are you going to find your quiet place? Set your intention so that this yoga session can be a powerful one.
Here’s a beginner yoga routine for you guys!
My intention for this routine was to pick something energizing and rejuvenating to wake me up and get rid of my fatigue.
Pictures and video on how to do each of these moves will be up by Monday!
2. Forward Fold
4. Upward Dog
5. Downward Dog
6. Float right leg, in between hands to Warrior I
7. Warrior II
8. Reverse Warrior
9. Return to Warrior II, move right leg to the side, get on elbows for Runner’s Pose
10. Pidgeon Pose
11. Repeat 5-10 on Left Side