Practicing yoga outdoors is an incredible experience. The healing environment nature provides adds a layer of spirituality to any practice, while the peaceful noises of wind, water, and birds are perfect for cultivating focus and mindfulness.
While outdoor yoga is a recommended practice, especially for those who don’t have an ideal indoor space, yogis must be careful when temperatures drop. Yoga works so well with our bodies because it cultivates warmth from within. This internal warmth loosens the muscles, allowing increased flexibility and access.
In lower temperatures, and especially during less vigorous practices such as Hatha and Yin, it’s important to keep ourselves warm. Practicing in less-than-ideal temperatures can inhibit our stretchiness and access to deeper muscles, potentially setting the stage for injury. It’s easy not to notice that these conditions have impeded your practice, which makes it more dangerous.
So, if you’re crazy about outdoor yoga and can’t imagine not using every Spring and Autumn day to get outside for practice, make sure to bundle up. The more insulating material you have on your body, the safer you’ll be from muscle and ligament tears. Here are a few of our recommendations:
1.) Leg warmers
Leg warmers are both stylish and useful. Our calf muscles do a lot for us in yoga—think of how important they are for downward dog! Leg warmers will ensure that your calves don’t tighten up in the brisk weather.
2.) Thick, insulated leggings
When choosing a pair of leggings for your outdoor practice, pick a hardy material. Leggings that are lined are an excellent choice, as they’ll provide both extra comfort and conservation of heat. Synthetic materials are best here—you want something that will quickly wick away sweat and provide protection from the air temperature.
3.) Yoga socks
While yoga socks aren’t always the most practical choice indoors or in a studio, they’re a perfect choice for practicing in chillier temps. Our feet are essential to every style of yoga out there—as our foundation, we need to make sure they’re as protected as possible. Full yoga socks with coverage for the toes are best.
No need to make this too complicated! Layering materials is a wonderful way to insulate in yoga as well as in daily life. The combination of materials and space in between those materials will preserve the heat your body produces. Just make sure to keep your inner layers synthetic so that your sweat doesn’t dry and make you colder. Get creative—there’s no rule against practicing with hats, scarves, or vests for extra protection!
There’s no need for the fickle temperatures of Spring and Autumn to ruin your outdoor practice. In fact, these seasonal periods when everything around us is changing are wonderful times to focus on your own inner transformation and journey. Just make sure to keep those muscles warm!