I have been doing yoga for 8 years now in everything from the back room in the office or my living room to a studio and yes I did practice in nature a few times also.
Many people think yoga is about getting the postures perfected. There are 104 year old yogis in India who still describe their yoga as a practice. Every day and every body is different. Some postures are physically impossible for one person and incredibly easy for another person. Much like Life itself it is not about the end result, but the daily journey.
As a chiropractor the vast majority of my patients come to me because they have a bio-mechanical issue. I have written in other blogs about how most all conditions are a result of either lack of or improper movement of the body over time.
This is why yoga is my go to exercise.
1. Yoga gets you moving. Movement is life. Your muscles and joints require movement to stay healthy and work properly.
2. When done properly, yoga is challenging but not damaging. It builds muscle, improves balance and flexibility and even relieves stress.
3. Yoga is a moving meditation. It forces you to check in with yourself and reconnect to your body. Some people have been in pain or covered it up with medication so long that they no longer listen to all the important information their body is giving them. This makes natural healing much more difficult.
4. Yoga is diverse. There is a type that is right for you, try them all and see what you like. But all practices are a full body workout. Forget "leg day", I've never understood the desire to only improve one portion of your body with exercise. What about the joints in your feet ankles wrists or hands, between the ribs and spine, your spine itself. These joints don't look good in a swimsuit but they are the difference between being independent and capable at 65 or having 1 and 1/2 feet in the grave at the same age.