Posted by on 5/1/2021 to Let's Talk Yoga!
Taking Vacation Relaxation to Another Level: Morning Yoga Poses on the Beach!
The beneficial effects of yoga are now widely recognized and proven.
It is a discipline that involves the body and mind, helping us to strengthen the muscles, joints, the immune system and to achieve an inner well-being that is often influenced by daily commitments.
Doing yoga poses at the beach under the sun, together with the sound of the waves and the contact with the sand leads you to the deepest essence of the practice, you will feel one with nature.
Whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner, you will be surprised by how yoga will make your beach holidays special, you just need to follow a few small tricks.
Choose the right place for your beach yoga poses
If you have been practicing yoga for a long time you can reach a concentration so strong that you can do the beach yoga poses (called asanas) anywhere, in any case we recommend that you choose an uncrowded place for your practice.
If you are lucky enough to stay near a pristine beach, make it yours!
The sea and yoga will lead you to an unforgettable experience.
If, on the other hand, for your beach holidays you have chosen a very popular location, prefer the times when there are fewer people around, the passage or some curious glance could be a source of distraction.
The best time to do yoga poses at the beach
Doing yoga early in the morning (at dawn or in any case before breakfast) is ideal not only because the beach is not very crowded, but also has a strong symbolic value.
The sun salutation (Surya Namaskara), a sequence of yoga positions among the best known, is ideal for starting a yoga session on the beach: it gives the body greater elasticity, reactivates the metabolism and fills you with energy to face the day.
That's not all, it's a special moment, a tribute to the sun which in yoga represents a real divinity.
If you love to stay in bed a little longer in the morning, an excellent alternative is to do yoga at sunset. The beach slowly empties and you can indulge in relaxing yoga exercises or a few moments for meditation.
Getting started with beach yoga poses
Doing yoga poses at the beach is also recommended for those who do not have much training, on the sand there is a lot of freedom to move and it is possible to maintain some positions longer because the pressures on the ground are much less annoying.
At the same time, on a less rigid surface it is necessary to pay more attention to the back, move slowly and do not exceed your limits, when you feel too much fatigue, leave the position.
Never forget to breathe! Pranayama, or breathing control, must accompany all your movements, and the sea air is rich in mineral salts, so why not take advantage of it and breathe more deeply? It will be of great help to you if you practice water sports.
You don't need a teacher, you can practice DIY yoga on the beach.
Here are some of the most beautiful beach yoga poses
1. Tree pose (Vrksasana)
It is the most famous position of balance.
In an upright position, with your feet firmly anchored to the ground, shift your weight onto your left foot. Slowly bend the right leg and place the sole of the foot on the left thigh.
When you feel that you have achieved stability, bring your palms together and stretch your arms above your head. Maintain the position and repeat by reversing the feet.
2. Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I )
Bring your right leg forward and your left leg stretched back.
Rotate the rear foot outwards and bend the knee of the right leg.
The gaze is fixed in front of you, your arms are up with your hands together, keep breathing. Move your gaze upwards when you feel stable, keep and repeat on the other side.
With the warrior you strengthen your legs a lot.
3. Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)