Reconnecting with Yourself and Others Through Yoga in Nature

A friend of mine recently shared that he was at a dinner party a few weekends ago where one of the guests was literally on the verge of falling asleep at the table. This wasn’t because the conversation wasn’t stimulating (or so I gathered) - rather, because life had brought him to a point of total exhaustion. In this state, it’s hard for anybody to connect with their own needs, let alone the needs of others. It’s also tough to know how to pull yourself out of that dynamic and get back to some self care. A breakaway in nature with a few yoga sessions is perfect for recharging those batteries if you feel like you might be suffering from exhaustion too.

The Power of Exposure to Nature

I love being in nature so much that I’ve made it my home. I’ve quite literally decided to live in a space where I have access to the wild over and above the greenery in my living space. Being exposed to and immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the world is a powerful way to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing. Even just getting away to the bush for a weekend (highly possible considering how small South Africa is) can lead to a change of perspective, give you a chance to reconnect with yourself and may even encourage you to reprioritise your health heading back into daily life.

The Grounding Effect

A couple of yoga sessions in nature will also have a largely grounding effect. During times of high stress, our bodies react by sending multiple messages that are often quick to be dismissed. From headaches to stiff bodies to even just moving too fast and stubbing your toe, the signs are there that it’s time to slow down. A yoga session encourages mindfulness and brings you back into the present, with how you’re feeling, your breathing, and generally helps with a reset at a time when it’s essential to return to a healthier state. Pairing a bush trip with a morning and evening yoga class (something I can help with) is a good way to reap all the benefits without having to do much preparation on your end.

When Extra Bonding Time is On The Cards

Over and above getting to reconnect with yourself, doing yoga in nature with a loved one can be a great way to solidify your bond again. You’re not only creating new memories together, but are able to encourage each other and to speak openly about ways to reprioritise each other too. This counts from friends, siblings, parents or partners. Life is so fast-paced these days, that it’s easier than ever for connections to break over time. If you’re hoping to sustain something in the long term, consider a group coaching program (like our Lifestyle Manager) to guarantee spending more time together with your loved one well beyond the breakaway in nature.

Hitting Pause and Getting Going

If you’d like to explore a venture out into the wild coupled with a few yoga classes, I’d be happy to chat about how we can make it happen. The first step is to hit pause and to carve out space in your life for a breakaway to make it happen. From there, we can decide on a personalised plan together to help you reconnect with yourself and others, if necessary. The process doesn’t have to be overly complicated and simply requires taking the first step. From there, you’ll be able to head off into nature sooner rather than later, returning restored and ready to look after yourself in a way that never has you nodding off anywhere other than in the joyful slumber of a good night's rest.