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Mood Boosting Yoga Outdoors

As the weather turns warmer and days stay brighter for longer, the possibilities for being outside are increasingly appealing.

Being outside is a wonderful way to connect to nature. The combination of fresh air and sunshine can often be exactly what we need in order to reset and refresh how we feel.

Getting outside to soak up some sun and fresh air may not be something you’ve done enough of over the pandemic. If you have been spending several days at a time without leaving the house recently, then this could seriously impact your wellbeing.

There are so many different ways to embrace this idea. It can be as easy as going for a walk in your local area or could even be going camping in the woods for a whole weekend. The duration doesn’t necessarily have to be important; the point is to enjoy a change of scenery and appreciate the natural world.

If you can double this time up with some exercise like Yoga, then even better!

Exercising outdoors can give you such a wonderful sense of freedom and can also go a long way to boosting your self-esteem and confidence.

Practice these 4 mood boosting yoga poses outside and feel the difference!

Downward Facing Dog

  • Starting in Table Top position, press into your palms, tuck your toes and straighten your legs as your hips lift up and back into Downward Facing Dog
  • Drop your gaze towards your thighs
  • Continue to press the mat away and lengthen your spine
  • Drop your head and sink deep into the pose

Mountain Pose

  • Begin standing with your feet hip-distance apart and a slight bend in the knees
  • Press your feet into the mat to help your body feel grounded and stable
  • Inhale as you raise your arms overhead
  • Rotate your thighs inward and engage your core
  • Drop your shoulders
Photo Young woman in sportswear practicing yoga in one legged plank pose created by IgorVetushko

One Leg Plank Pose

  • Starting in Table Top position, tuck your toes and straighten your legs, pressing up and into Plank position
  • Gently scoop your pelvis forward to engage your low core and pull your belly button to your spine to keep your full core engaged
  • Make sure your shoulders are over your wrists and heels over your toes
  • Slowly lift one leg

Butterfly Pose

  • From a seated position, bring the bottom of your feet together
  • Interlace your fingers around your feet and allow your thumbs to rest on the inside arch of the feet
  • Pull your chest forward as you roll your shoulders down
  • Gently engage your core to create a firm foundation
  • With a tall, flat back, pivot at the hips bringing your chest forward

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