Yoga Flow For Summer Glow
Posted on June 24 2017
Practicing yoga outside is one of the best ways to connect your body with the natural environment. During the colder months, it can be difficult to do. Now that it’s summer, it’s time to get your body outdoors and let your skin bask in the perfect weather so you shine as brightly as your bling.
Take a visit to your favorite summer spot and bring your yoga practice along with you—a shady forest, a secluded sunny beach or a best friend’s backyard pre-BBQ. If you can, try your practice without your mat. It might feel a bit uneven or more difficult at first, but you will soon learn to work with the natural elements and breathe into the earth to ground your movements without the added barrier of your mat.
Here are a few of our favorite outdoor yoga poses perfectly matched with Lulu Collection pieces for optimally capturing each unique environments energy:
Forest Setting: Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
This asana pose practices balance, poise, and posture. Connect with the life of the trees around you as you root your foundation into the same soil. If you are advanced in your yoga practice this pose may be second nature to you, but the subtraction of the mat offers a new difficulty in your balance practice.
- Begin in mountain pose (tadasana) with feet planted firmly, a fist-width apart and your arms at your sides, palms facing forward.
- Once you feel balanced between your feet, begin to shift your balance to your left foot and bend your right knee slightly.
- Slowly bend down, reach for your right ankle and place the bottom of your right foot on the inner thigh of the left leg just above the knee. Be sure not to rest your foot on your knee.
- Slowly stand up straight adjusting your hips to be in line.
- Clasp your hands together in front of your chest or above your head and hold for one minute.
- To release, slowly release your right leg and rebalance into mountain pose.
Our Prayer necklace, available in yellow bronze or sterling silver, is perfect for this yoga pose, bringing a sense of tranquility and connection to your surroundings.
Beach Setting: Crow Pose (Bakasana)
This asana pose is an arm strength and balancing pose that is said to be slightly easier than it’s close relative, Crane Pose (Kakasana). The uneven surface of the sand without your mat will add a level of intrigue. Allow the sand to fall in between your fingers as your hands sink further into the ground providing added support to your wrists.
- Start in a squat position and place your hands on the earth in front of you shoulder width apart with your middle fingers pointed forward.
- Spread your knees slightly wider than your elbows and try to keep your feet as close together as possible. As you move into the lift, you will touch your toes together.
- Rest your knees on the outside of your upper arms as you shift your balance from your feet to your hands, angling your torso forward and keeping your gaze parallel to the ground.
- Bend your arms and lift your feet above the ground. You can lift them one at a time if necessary. Balance the weight of your legs and your torso on your upper arms.
- Hold for up to one minute before releasing your feet back to the ground and clasping your hands in front of your chest.
Looking for inspiration for this pose? We’ve paired it with our Internal Flame pendant necklace, available in yellow bronze or sterling silver set with a white diamond.
Grassy Setting: Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
This asana pose is called Salabhasana after the sanskrit word “salabh” which means grasshopper - the perfect pose for a grassy backyard environment! The soft ground beneath you adds support for your stomach and pelvis in a way that a hardwood floor and a mat cannot provide.
- Begin by lying on the ground face down with your arms by your side and hands palms down.
- Firm the muscles in your abdomen and buttocks in preparation for lifting your chest and legs on your next inhale.
- Inhale and lift your chest and legs keeping your arms straight by your side. Keep your legs as straight as possible.
- Hold for 30 seconds to one minute remembering to breathe. Release on a comfortable exhale.
We’re loving our gorgeous India Collection as the perfect accoutrement to this dynamic pose, available in yellow bronze or sterling silver.
We hope you will give outdoor yoga a try this summer and that these poses—and their sparkly counterparts—help you connect to the energy of the environment you choose. Leave us a comment with your favorite outdoor yoga poses and where you like to practice. We’d love to hear your comments and try your favorites for ourselves!