Spring is here and we are so excited to start our outdoor classes again! We meet across the street from the studio at the Washington Riverfront Park usually on a Saturday morning from 7-8 a.m. Our first practice is April 23rd from 7-8 A.M.!
I'm hoping to add a few weeknight or Sunday afternoon classes this year as well!
What are some of the benefits/reasons we practice outside by the water?
1.) Practicing outside increases your proprioception - sense of where you are in space. The extra challenges outside demand that you focus more on your body and where you place your hands and feet, therefore improving your proprioception!
2.) Practicing outside helps build and strengthen the muscles you use for balance! The terrain is never as flat as the studio floor, the wind might be strong, there may be more visual stimulation that tries to pull your focus away from one spot. All of these things make balancing harder, but the more you practice outside, the stronger you get!
3.) Align with Nature! Smell the flowers, the freshly cut grass... Feel the breeze and the sun on your skin, the tickle of the grass on your feet... share your mat with an ant...try to balance while watching a cloud or bird go by.... turn inward amidst sounds you don't normally hear within the studio walls - cars, trains, people walking by...
Join us this coming weekend - which just happens to be Earth Day weekend! Please bring a mat and any props you may need! Cost is $15 or you can use your class card!