Yoga is a practice that stretches beyond the time spent in classes or on the mat. It is a lifestyle, a way of interacting with the world around us. Yoga can help us connect on a deeper level to our breath, our body, and our ability to stay mindful. The weather is warming up and summer is right around the corner. In celebration, we asked a few of our Namaste community members why they love mixing their yoga with the great outdoors!
“We rock climb and I have found such a big connection with yoga and rock climbing. Obviously, being flexible and limber helps, but the more subtleties of body awareness in space and the mental aspect are huge. The only way I don’t totally loose my shit when on a high wall is by coming back to my breath and single pointed focus on what I am doing in that moment.” – Bekah Andrews, Rockridge Studio Manager
“To create emotional and mental space, to understand my life in a greater context, I turn toward nature. Spending time in the spaciousness of big sky, big trees, and big seas. The grandness of the natural world reminds us where we fit cosmically in the flow of the universe and helps us to gain perspective.” – Jerry Givens, Namaste Yoga + Meditation Teacher
“I love hiking. Going out on backpacking trips is the best way to clear my mind and let go of all the stress of everyday life. Yoga is the perfect complement to a long day of hiking and helps me to savor the moments in between. Taking off my boots and sinking my hands and feet into the earth after a long day of trekking is the best feeling. Literally grounding into nature and finding that moment of ultimate peace.” – Emily Roth, Marketing Manager
Get inspired by this beautiful video of Bekah and her husband Nick climbing in Sonoma!