One of the keys to a sustainable yoga practice is to do what you can to practice somewhere where you feel 100% comfortable. It should be a safe space to explore your body, movement, mind and spirit freely. I’d go as far as to say that this is essential to getting the most out of this part of your wellness practice. City life tends to be very fast-paced, and it can be nearly impossible to keep up with it all the time. For this reason, many people are exploring bush wellness holidays, especially since the pandemic started to be a little more under control. I’ve recently done some yoga in the bush and have pondered a bit about what it is that makes it so special.
The Differences Between City Yoga vs. Bush Yoga
Identifying the differences between city yoga and bush yoga has a lot to do with the setting itself. City yoga tends to be done in a studio space or inside the home, whereas bush yoga is rarely indoors. It’s not always possible to find outdoor spots for yoga in a big city, especially if you live in an apartment complex. In contrast, the bush offers open spaces galore all the time. You can essentially do it anywhere, well… anywhere except when you’re on a game drive and close to one of the Big Five. Bush yoga also presents the opportunity for a completely different experience to push you out of your comfort zone.
Night Yoga Under The Stars
Another aspect that makes bush yoga so unique and captivating is being able to do night yoga under the stars. You’re essentially given total freedom for mindful breathing, taking in your surroundings, and appreciating being immersed in nature. Outdoor night yoga is nearly impossible in a big city, unless you have ample space at home or attend a retreat specifically designed to do this in a safe location. Night yoga is something I’m interested in exploring more in my personal practice, as well as incorporating it into my regular classes in the coming month.
Complete Engagement with the Senses
Without fail, the Bush does something very special for me whenever I get to go. It allows complete engagement with all senses, resulting in total immersion in our connection with the natural world. From the sounds of the crickets and the birds, to the smell of the earth (a big thing for me when I’m there), all the way to watching the starry sky in all its glory or simply appreciating not hearing cars or loud noises, the bush is a spectacular place that we should never take for granted.
A State of Groundedness
By tapping into all our senses the result is a state of absolute groundedness. Your feet are on the ground, your soul is totally plugged in. This helps with getting back in touch with your own intuition, provides mental space to be able to take stock of how things are going in your life, and presents an opportunity to analyse where you can get more out of your own wellness practice. In this way, a visit to the bush compliments sustainable wellness, and is worth adding to your calendar at least once a year. If you’re looking for a recommendation of where to go, or you’d like me to teach you and your loved ones a few classes out there, reach out and let’s see what we can do.