Breathe deeply and embrace nature when you take this yoga pose outside
We’ve all heard the real estate mantra “location, location, location.” Well, I’d advise that the same is true for yoga: location will make or break your yoga practice. Yoga is most effective in an idyllic and awe-inspiring place, preferably outdoors at dawn or dusk. While this advice seems simple enough, I’d suggest that the most fundamental of all yoga truths is contained in the phrase “location, location, location.”
With summer in full bloom, it’s prime time to learn this fundamental yoga lesson!
So, choose your favorite serene outdoor location, and practice this yoga lesson to inspire growth for years to come:
At your favorite outdoor place, preferably early in the day or in the evening around dusk, choose a spot within the setting that calls your name.
Face toward the rising or the setting sun.
Stand or sit with your palms open skyward.
This yoga posture is known as the Posture of Freedom.
Free yourself from any weight on your shoulders. Breathe the fresh air.
Free yourself from any strain in your gaze. Absorb the sunlight.
Free yourself from any concerns on your tongue. Cushion the tongue to silence.
Hear the hum of the world around you. Then, feel this hum resonating in the space between your heart and palate.
The quieter you stay embodying the Posture of Freedom, the more this resonance will grow in your heart and palate.
This is yoga’s most fundamental lesson.
Yoga is the moment in which you free yourself from all life constraints and are absorbed with awe in your surroundings.
Sing with the birds and buzz with the bees.
Flourish with the flowers and transform with each cloud.
As the sun rises or sets, cherish the day and the world.
By losing yourself in it, you will find your true location.
Charlie Higgins is affectionately known at many Holiday Retirement communities as "Yoga Charlie." Charlie a graduate of Reed College and a certified yoga instructor. Charlie specializes in yoga for retirees and he teaches at a number of Holiday communities in the Portland, Oregon area. His classes focus on range-of-motion, peripheral awareness, balance and breathing. As a guest author for Holiday Retirement, Charlie is excited to share fun, safe and easy tips for senior health & wellness. Explore more exercises by Charlie or visit his website: www.samdhyayoga.com.