One of the most amazing things about choosing yoga as your form of movement is that you can literally do it anywhere you go. The beach, in particular, only makes this blissful practice that much sweeter, thanks to all of the unique sights, sounds, and sensations that are inherent to the shore. Connect yourself to nature with these simple yoga poses!
Hero Pose (Virasana)
Hero pose is an amazing way to center yourself and quiet your mind as you allow your entire being to be consumed by the external sensations taking place around you. Place your hands on your thighs, and close your eyes for a moment. Release yourself into the present moment as you make note of the subtle, yet powerful sound of the waves, and the feeling of the salt-speckled wind caressing your cheeks.
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Using the knee that’s on the ground, feel free to make a little crevice within the sand to support your back leg, and provide comfort in this pose. Allow your chest to be open and expansive in a low lunge as you maintain strength in your lower body. Breathe deeply, and take comfort in the knowledge that you are exactly where you need to be right now.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
The deeply heart-opening properties of Ustrasana might stir up some raw emotion as you melt into this backbend, but don’t shy away from this. Instead, allow the radiance of the sun, the infinite compassion of the ocean, and the everlasting support of the sand beneath you to hold you as you allow those feelings to emerge through your heart space.
If you’re a newbie to inversions, the beach is a great place to practice because of the cushion-like buffer that the sand provides for tumbling, falling over, and trying again. Still, there’s certainly no harm in bringing a friend to spot you if you feel a bit intimidated by these types of poses.
Ocean Breathing In Easy Pose (Ujjayi Pranayama In Sukhasana)
Take a moment to try and sync your breath with the ebb and flow of the crashing waves in front of you. Aligning your breathing with the “breath” of the ocean will make you feel connected to the water in a way that, honestly, just might give you chills.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Allow yourself to completely immerse your consciousness in the soft, soothing sounds of the beach. Close your eyes, and scan your body to help you release any lingering tension that you might be holding on to. Let the crystal-clear, yet ever-changing water encourage you to clear your mind of persistent chatter and allow yourself to fall into the present moment, free of worries about what the future may hold.
From the salty scent in the air to the sound of the crashing waves, to the feeling of the soft and supportive sand beneath your feet, your routine practice will be taken to totally new heights when you venture down to the shore.