Preparations to Take Your Practice Outside

As the weather changes, many yogis get excited by the idea of moving their practice outdoors. Along with a beautiful backdrop and fresh air, however, the outdoors can bring bugs, unexpected audiences, and weather surprises that can throw a kink in your plans for outdoor serenity. Whether practicing with a group or on your own, here are a few things to consider in advance to allow for a smooth transition to an outdoor practice.

Outdoor Mat

If practicing outside, your yoga mat might be set up on dirt, grass, gravel, or pavement. While it is good practice to clean your mat after every use, this might not be practical, and you don’t want to track unwanted grime into the studio. Think about what your mat will come into contact with and consider getting a mat that is reserved for outdoor use only.

Sweat Management

Outdoor practice often goes hand in hand with warmer weather, which means you may sweat a bit more than usual. Bring a small hand towel with you to wipe your hands dry throughout your practice. This will allow you to continue your practice as usual without the frustration of slipping and sliding in downward-facing dog. In addition, consider wearing a headband and wristbands to help manage sweat throughout your practice. The type of clothing you wear can also help control your sweat, something like this would be ideal.

Sun Protection.

The application of sunscreen can protect exposed skin from painful burns and permanent sun damage. If you are concerned it might make your hands slippery, opt for a “sport” sunscreen that is designed to not interfere with your grip. If your skin is extra sensitive, perhaps you should wear lightweight, long-sleeved clothing so that your skin is not as exposed. There are also garments designed to block UV rays if you are concerned about permanent damage to your skin.

Shades

Your skin isn’t the only thing that can be affected by the sun; depending on the glare and intensity of sunlight, your eyes may also require an additional layer of protection. Adjust your mat to face a direction where you are less likely to look directly into the sun. In addition, consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and allow you to see better.

Flora and Fauna

Are you affected by allergies? Do you feel like mosquitos are more attracted to you than they are your friends? Are you afraid of stray dogs? We all have unique peculiarities that must be considered when contemplating a change in setting. Anticipate outdoor elements that may potentially get in the way of your practice, and take the necessary precautions, whether allergy eye drops, bug spray, etc.

Choose Your Setting Wisely

If you are practicing in a park or other public outdoors space, remember that it is likely there will be other people there or passing by at some point. Determine how much privacy you need to practice yoga comfortably and choose a location accordingly.

Take the precautions necessary to keep yourself comfortable and enjoy the beautiful opportunity to take your yoga practice outdoors.

Are You Man Enough For Broga?

Simply put, Broga is yoga for bros. However, it is not exclusively for men. Most studios offering Broga also accept women in their classes. But what is the difference between Broga and traditional yoga?

According to founder Matt Miller, Broga is just like yoga but from a male’s point of view. It involves healthy and functional movements. The regular yoga poses are taken up a notch or two, and there are times when they don’t look like yoga at all. Even the names of the postures were changed. Child’s pose became chill-out pose, and wild thing was renamed rock star.

Broga focuses on strength. However, anyone can try it even if they don’t have any experience with yoga or physical training. Miller made Broga to show men that yoga is not just for women. It can also be used to improve physical attributes, and at the same time helps people become better athletes and prevent sporting injuries.

Why Broga

Because of social conditioning, men often dismiss yoga as for girls. Men appear less likely to enjoy the dance, meditation, and other disciplines involved with yoga. That is the reason why founder Matt Miller came up with a system that men more likely to enjoy. And that’s how Broga came to be. It doesn’t make men recite mantras or carry out meditations. While it is designed predominantly for men, there are women who find Broga to be more enjoyable than traditional yoga classes.

Getting Started

Broga sessions start with stretching and breathing exercises. The instructor will ensure that the spine is warmed up before the actual exercises. A session focuses on an area of the body. There are sessions for the back and twists, chest and shoulders, inversions, and hips and legs.

Each session is around an hour long and covers various poses that target the specific area of the day. Instructors of Broga are more instructive compared to yogis. They are hands-on to each and every participant of the session. They make sure that each individual in the class do the poses the right way.

Benefits of Broga

When done right, Broga can improve athletic performance. It allows you to work on specific muscles, and at the same time avoid the one’s not needed for their sport or other activities. It boosts strength, concentration, endurance, stamina, and flexibility.

Broga can also help prevent injuries while working out. There’s a lower chance of getting injured while practicing Broga compared to other workouts, such as crossfit. Yoga works on various parts of the body without putting a lot of stress on them.

Lastly, Broga can help reduce depression as it promotes a healthy mind. Practicing Broga on a regular basis can help lower the effects of depression, encouraging a positive outlook, and improve your way of thinking.

Broga is a style of yoga that you should try. It allows you to work on both your mental and physical health simultaneously. Those who want to stay in shape should consider looking for Broga classes today.

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