The sun is pretty amazing it? You know that wonderful feeling when you’re just lying out on a patch of grass and the warmth just pours all over your body?
It’s nature at its finest. The sunshine, the grass, the silence, the fresh air… Natural perfection.
Now imagine all this, but instead of you just lying there on the grass, you’re in downward dog with a few hundred other people around you.
That was the scene last Sunday at the Wanderlust festival and it was incredible being a part of it.
I never wake up early on Sundays but there I was, at 8.35am in the Sydney CBD, getting ready and walking up to the Domain. Oh and I was super early, I even did a double take at the clock at one point (i.e this NEVER happens, I’m usually late).
From 9.30am, I spent the next 90 minutes just flowing under the beautiful sunshine, under the guidance of the amazing Tiffany Cruikshank.
Truthfully, I haven’t always been a yoga believer or lover. In fact, my relationship only begun in 2011, when I joined Virgin Active gym. I tried out a yoga class there and I was blown away by how challenging it was and how it made me feel: completely at peace with my mind. This was a foreign but wonderful feeling. Since that moment, I took up yoga semi-regularly with some breaks in between.
Last year however, was a terrible year of practise for me (or largely lack thereof). It was early this year when I was undertaking my yearly ritual of reflecting and setting new goals and resolutions, that I realised that I had to build the habit back in.
And last Sunday at Wanderlust was the first time I’d ever practised yoga outside of a room. I didn’t expect it to be much different… oh but it was!
Moving, resting and breathing whilst the sun washes over you… the sound, or rather silence of nature as background “noise”… I’d never experienced a yoga session that made me feel more alive. It was incredibly and now I can’t wait to do it again in the open.
It made me realise: what’s something that you usually do indoors, that you could also try and do outdoors? I encourage you to give it a try. Perhaps you can go outside one morning, find a peaceful spot and draw there, knit there, read there, practise yoga there, write there… the possibilities are endless. The sun, fresh air and morning light truly do wonders to the most standard of rituals. You’d be surprised - like I was!
On a related note, if you haven’t given yoga a try yet in your lifetime, I dare you to try it. Seriously, just do it. At the end of the day, what have you got to fear or lose, right? And seriously, this is coming from a former anti-yoga-believer of 23 years!
Namaste and enjoy the sunshine!
Photo credit: Unsplash
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