Yoga and hiking, or being a nature in general, connect perfectly. Being in nature gets you in your tune with everything around you, and allows you to take in the beauty. Going for a walk or taking a hike up a mountain often means that you are taking time for yourself – taking time to connect with yourself – recharge – rejuvenate – and connect with the beautiful world around you.
When people are in love with hiking, they often take in a big inhale at the top of the mountain, and exhale fully – taking a moment for gratitude. What they are also doing in that moment is releasing all of the carbon dioxide that has been built up in their lungs, and replacing it with new fresh oxygen.
People find themselves naturally taking this full breath when experiencing an extraordinary view, but people often never take a full round of breath when living their days to day lives.
This is where is yoga comes in – conscious awareness of breath.
Our breath is our life force energy (prana), yet that fact is so elusive, or just not thought about often throughout our days.
You don’t need to be at the top of a mountain or in front a gorgeous lake to take a moment for gratitude and renewal. Taking even one full breath helps ease pain, calms you down, and reduces tension.
- Take more walks, and note places of beauty.
- Put yourself there transcendently when you are feeling anxious or rushed, and take in one deep breath.
- As you inhale, think about filling up your whole being with new, fresh, regenerating air.
- As you exhale, think about something you are thankful for.
- Continue with these refreshing breaths and thoughts.
- Note how you feel after preforming this exercise.
- Journal or talk about it in the comments!