If you have planned a beach trip for the summer, you have probably looked at websites and brochures that feature a photo of a person on the beach, gracefully settled into Warrior II and silhouetted against a blazing orange sunset. And you thought to yourself, “Ooh! That looks so relaxing and fun. I want to do that.” Well, that’s a great idea. Beach yoga works the secondary muscles in your feet, hips, knees and shoulders. The fresh air helps your brain and body get a stable supply of oxygen. And you won’t need any music—just the sound of the waves crashing brings you in tune with nature.
A simple series of poses that would be good for the beach would be a sun salutation.
Yes, there are a lot of benefits to practicing yoga on the beach. But before you head out across the dunes and onto the sand, here are four tips to remember.
Bring a beach towel. A towel under the mat will keep it from slipping around on the sand and prevents damage to your mat.
Practice in early morning or at last light. Those sunlit silhouettes could be you! Morning and sunset are usually quieter hours at the beach. You’re also avoiding the sun’s most intense rays. However, no matter the time of day, be sure to apply sunscreen before you venture out.
Keep the routine simple. You’re already in a different environment; so keeping it simple can be a great plan. Concentrate on your breathing and your intention. A simple series of poses that would be good for the beach would be a sun salutation. This illustration is easy to follow, so print it out and take it to the beach with you if you need some prompts:
Be prepared for shifting sands. Sand, just like life, is constantly shifting. If it gives out from under you and you fall, don’t be hard on yourself. Take a second, get your balance, and get right back into the flow. After your practice, you may feel a bit sore from using muscles you’re not accustomed to working.
Relax and enjoy your time at the beach. Breathe in the fresh air. Let your mind go to the sounds that surround you. Remember, nature is a great nurturer!