With all the fun new ways to practice yoga outside, there is even more reason to keep up with your yoga practice this summer season. Whether you attend a yoga festival, practice with friends in the park or try your first SUP Yoga class, practicing yoga outside switches up your routine and inspires you to find bliss in the great outdoors.
Prepare for your summer yoga season with our top 5 summer yoga essentials!
1. Ticket to a Summer Yoga Festival
Research the many yoga festivals happening this summer and participate in events that spark your curiosity and inspire you to practice outside! For a full weekend experience, check out Boulder’s homegrown festival, Hanuman Festival, scheduled June 15-18th in beautiful Boulder, CO. For a shorter one-day experience, check out Wanderlust 108, a mindful triathlon including a 5K run, yoga practice and guided meditation, happening in numerous cities all across the country.
2. Pack Light
Consider a travel mat that is light-weight, foldable and easy to transport. You might even select an eco-friendly mat option that is BPA free and easy on our environment. I love my Elite Hybrid by Kulae because this mat-towel combo is super light-weight and 100% recyclable. I can practice in a hot studio without slipping on it and throw it in the washing machine after a sweaty practice. Grab your favorite mat, a reusable water bottle and a pair of shades and you’ll be ready for your practice outside!
3. Protect Your Skin
Our skin is the largest organ in our body so we must be sure to protect it. Apply natural and organic sunscreen every few hours and wear sun hats to shade your face from the sun. You can find lots of great skincare options at any natural and organic health food stores; just be sure to check the labels and avoid any products with alcohol as that will dry out your skin. Stay informed and stay protected!
4. Buzz Off
Opt for a DEET-free insect repellant like Buzz Away Extreme, a plant-based natural repellent that protects your skin from mischievous bugs up to 4 hours. With an environmentally friendly non-aerosol spray applicator and convenient towelettes, Buzz Away Extreme is an eco-positive alternative that works!
5. Stay Hydrated
Drink Water! While it is recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day, it may be wise to double that amount when stretching and sweating in the sizzling summer heat. If you’re practicing at higher elevations, be sure to increase your H2O intake even more. I always think it’s better to drink too much water than not enough.
Enjoy your summer full of yoga fun in the sun!
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