I have written before about my mama group that I attend. I am so grateful for these women, together we are a strong tribe of support. That is what we do – we support each other in every which way.
A few of us have been together as friends since we were pregnant, and some are new comers, either way we are family.
Each week we plan to do something all together, as we have been blessed with beautiful weather through the spring and summer, we took advantage and got outside as much as we could before Fall hits soon.
Today was a special meet up for Marlow and I. Michael, Marlow and I were away in Ontario on vacation for three weeks so I didn’t get to join my tribe during that time and today was our first outing with them since we have been back.
One of our fellow mamas took us through a great outdoor yoga flow, babies included of course!
I find that yoga has great calming benefits for me, I have just recently started practicing in the mornings, and find that my anxiety is greatly lowered when I take a few minutes to calm my mind and ground myself each morning. Practicing outdoors this morning was a new experience for me, and it got me thinking…
What are the benefits of practicing yoga – and practicing yoga outdoors?
Benefits of Practicing Yoga (Outdoors)
Yoga has so many benefits to the body, but practicing outdoors is the ultimate way to ground yourself and literally be one with nature. You become more aware of your surroundings, and you really become in tune with all of your senses at one time. Dig those bare feet in to the earth, and embrace the uneven ground you stand on.
Not only will you be soaking up some of that sweet Vitamin D, but practicing yoga outdoors can actually give you a boost of energy, and decrease stresses that are in your life.
We all know that fresh air is good for us, and it really is! While breathing in fresh air, as you focus on each breath, your body is inhaling cleaner oxygen which can give you increased awareness, increased energy, and a feeling of less weight on your shoulders. Think of it as “inhaling the good, and exhaling the bad”.
This is also a great way to practice patience. (A huge one for me) Depending on where you decide to practice, you may become aware of the city sounds, bugs flying around, birds chirping. Accept the sounds, and use them as a sort of meditation instead of becoming annoyed with them.
What Are The Other Benefits Of Practicing Yoga?
Yoga does so many great things for our bodies, here are just a few that I find really fascinating!
- Helps improve sleep
- Increases flexibility
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases and tones muscles
- Maintains a healthy metabolism
- Reduces weight
- Great for heart health
- Decrese stress
- Can help fight depression and anxiety
- Helps with chronic pain
Well we all know the benefits of yoga, however, the importance of this post to me is my acknowledging my friends. I truly do cherish my relationship with each and every one of them. Living in a new city where I knew few people and being newly pregnant was very scary to me. I really had to break out of my shell, put myself out there and get connected with some like-minded women.
These meet ups are a priority for me, even when I don’t feel like getting off the couch, even when I haven’t slept enough. It is extremely important for my mental health to stay connected, and in contact with these women.
Relationships with females were never a top priority growing up, I sure had no idea what I was missing.
Nine years ago with my son, I was diagnosed very late in the game with Post Partum Depression, and was very aware that it could happen again this time around with Marlow. It was an extremely painful time in my life that I wish to not relive. I wanted to make sure I had a support network to lean on in case the dreaded PPD struck again. I have been grateful this time around that I am genuinely feeling well.
Wishing you all a very happy weekend!
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