Sometimes yoga is best in a dimmed room with quiet music, in order to create a solitary meditative space that lets you connect with your inner thoughts. But sometimes it’s also great to get out and share your yoga energy with the world, surrounded by people and vitality!
So, I decided to go to the park to do my yoga today in order to get a change of pace in my meditation practices. I wanted to work on my inner self by surrounding myself with others! And it turned out to be so much more than just a traditional workout! I’m not sure if others were drawn in by my vibrantly colored outfit or the sunny vibe radiating off of me from my yoga peace, but either way, I got a great workout and made some new little friends!
Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Just like I’m inverting the idea of solitary meditation, the shoulder stand inverts the body. It gets you off your feet and changes the flow of your body’s circulation, revving up your muscles and heart for the rest of your workout. It also stretches out your body and relaxes the muscles in your back and abdomen, so they feel looser and freer.
The shoulder stand is traditionally known as a cure-all for most physical ailments. The reason? Simply because it flips the body to fight the natural way of the world!
This pose helps me change my perspective and think about the world in a new, upside-down way.
This backbend stretches your entire body—and makes you look super flexible (as seen on the excited face of the little one in the back)!The bow pose opens up your chest, which is where a lot of people hold their anxiety. Click To Tweet
It also gives your abdominal organs a massage to get them flowing and working. If you have any belly or intestinal problems, this is the pose for you!
My watermelon-helmeted buddy especially loved this pose! 🙂
Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
I always find calmness doing this half lord of the fishes pose, especially because it relieves back discomfort and fatigue. Tradition says that this pose actually destroys most deadly diseases because it stimulates the liver and kidneys, which work to fight off bad gunk in your system.
It’s also a great pose to close your eyes and focus on your breath, as your tummy expands to touch your thigh, and releases back into your abdomen.
I have to admit, this was my favorite pose of my day in the park!Yoga is a solitary activity, but it can also be fun with friends! Click To Tweet
The tree pose is perfect for everyone, from the most advanced to those just starting out! It lengthens your spine, burns belly fat, and stretches your legs! I always feel taller after doing the tree pose.
And my two skater friends I met at park today were doing an awesome job too, haha! I spy future yogis!
Time for a little shade near the jungle gym to equalize blood pressure shifts from the sun and the workout. When you reach for the sky in the triangle pose, your body seems to calm and relax, and your breathing and blood pressure return back to normal. This is a great way to settle back into the stretch, opening up your hips and chest. Take a deep breath and lengthen.
Revolved Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
This revolved side angle pose is the best way to stimulate abdominal organs and improve digestion! Click To Tweet
It also increases stamina, which is why I like doing it towards the end of my workout.
I hate feeling too tired after a workout, so if you save some stamina-boosting poses for the end—you’ll be ready to take on the rest of your day!
To finish off your yoga day in the park, you want to stretch out from top to bottom.The gate pose is a great way to cool down. Click To Tweet
It’s usually done from a kneeling position, but I like to stand and hold right below my knee in order to get a deeper stretch.
This pose works your obliques, which helps get rid of pesky love handles, while stretching out your entire side. It strengthens thighs, knees, abdomen, back, ankles, and hips. That’s a lot of work for one pose!
I’m glad I ended my workout in a standing pose, as opposed to the usual corpse pose. My heart was still pumping and excited, so I could go play with my new pals in the park! They are so cute!
T-shirt from Lululemon
Leggings from Lululemon
Sneaker from Nike