Whilst we're being encouraged to keep our distance, where better to practice yoga than outdoors. And if you have access, how about taking your yoga classes to a local sandy beach?
Here are some tried & tested tips which may be helpful for yoga teachers, and any one else who wants to practice yoga on the beach.....
1/ If its a public beach, take along extra sarongs in case people want to join in.
2/ Take a large beach towel or sarong to practice on, yoga mats are less easy to practice on with uneven ground.
3/ Take warm layers for pre sunrise/ post sunset practice, temperatures can drop quickly, and in case of any cooling breeze off the ocean.
4/ Check the tides, it's easier to find dry, hard sand at low tide. If its high tide and big waves, a simple ocean meditation, using the sound of the waves can be really cleansing for the mind. I love this app for tide and weather checking: www.magicseaweed.com
5/ Practice new poses, the beach provides plenty of space and a soft landing, with so much space, where better to have a go at handstands. Handy tip: use a small pebble or shell as your focus point.
6/ Take a bin bag to pick up rubbish, a mini-beach clean in exchange for the hire of your beach yoga floor space
7/ Plan to speak louder & use less words: Your voice will be carried by the wind, and simply by being outdoors. This, along with the sound of the waves, means that you may have to speak louder than studio classes. Plan classes where cues can be instructed clearly and with less words. A hands-free Bluetooth microphone may also be helpful.
8/ Standing Poses: The likes of Crescent Lunge, Goddess Pose, Chair Pose, Prayer Twist Lunge, Warrior II, Reverse Warrior - work well by way of sand:body management. Once you start doing seated or lying down poses, it's becomes more of a rolling around in the sand class; the mat, your clothes, your hair, everything gets covered. Great fun towards the end of the class...
9/ Balance practice. The beach is a great place to practice standing balance poses like Warrior III, Tree Pose, Dancers Pose. And any poses that focus on overcoming fears too, like Crow Pose - face-planting on sand is softer and more forgiving than tiles or concrete.
10/ Be prepared to wobble more, and have fun!
Let me know how you get on, and if anyone has a hands-free Bluetooth microphone recommendation, am on the look out for one. Have had the Hey Mic recommended?