Outdoor Yoga, No Mats Needed

the natural world is the perfect place for adults and little ones to move their bodies and calm their minds

Kacy Bresina, photos by Andrea Paulseth

High-five free yoga is a peaceful outdoor yoga gathering in Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park with sessions on Thursday nights before the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series and Saturday mornings during the Artist Market.
High-five free yoga is a peaceful outdoor yoga gathering in Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park with sessions on Thursday nights before the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series and Saturday mornings during the Artist Market.

One of the best parts of yoga is that it can literally be done anywhere, and as it turns out, nature is one of the best places to practice. Whether you are near the ocean, in the forest, or even in your own backyard, being outdoors has so many benefits, including reconnecting us to our roots. Nature naturally replenishes our energy and helps heighten our senses. With all of the natural benefits outdoor yoga has for adults, it is just as beneficial for our kids. Sit in the back yard, at a nearby park, or at the beach with your little one and get practicing – no mats needed.

“Have them breathe in the fresh air and close their eyes, paying close attention to the sounds surrounding them.”

As you set out with your little one, have them start by closing their eyes and feeling the ground beneath them as they relax. Have them wiggle their fingers through the soft grass or the cool sand. Have them breathe in the fresh air and close their eyes, paying close attention to the sounds surrounding them. Maybe they hear cars going by, or kids playing. If you are in a more secluded area, maybe they hear birds overhead, or the leaves swaying in the wind. Once their minds are relaxed, you can start a few easy poses.

It is best to start off with poses that your little one will be able to do without much effort. This will help them build a love for the practice, and avoid frustration. Some good starters are warrior, downward dog, and tree pose. These poses help your little one build confidence and learn what yoga is about. 

Remember to keep it simple, and to let your children express themselves in their practice. After all, yoga should be fun and relaxing, and this can be a great way for you to bond together.

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