Why Practice Yoga Outside?

June 27, 2018


Mu, Mother, Tao: Earth’s mysterious life force.

Yoga is a practice of the senses, which can be a method to deepen your self-discovery. Yoga, or union, becomes one way of recognizing the continuity and one-ness within. In asana practice (yoga poses), the physical practice, we use our five senses to experience our surroundings and in turn, learn more about our connection to ourselves, to nature and the world around us (our truest selves).


When we practice outdoors:

  • We feel the clothes and the wind against our skin, dirt under feet,

  • We hear the rustling of leaves, barking of dogs, and rushing of river,

  • We taste tasting summer air, whichever food or beverage we previously consumed that is making its way into present experience,

  • We smell green grass, earth, perfume, and hopefully not your neighbours under arms

  • We see summertime; blue sky, trees, love and community in connection. Unity

Nature has a way of stripping away the ego, exhibiting harmony and reminding us that everything in creation came from Love. The sun shines on all equally, the dirt doesn’t choose whom to nourish and support, and the air gives oxygen to all who inhale. Yoga is playful and constantly challenges us when we begin to take our selves or our circumstance too seriously. 


“Ch’i; the universal breath, vital energy, or cosmic force is in constant motion, animating all things, and so is a kind of tissue that connects us.” –David Hinton

This summer, you will have an opportunity to bring your practice outdoors during Yoga in the Park at Heart and Mind Yoga! This is a slower and gentle movement class, with ample support for individuals of all experience levels. Bad weather? No problem, we’ll go indoors.


Genessa Sather Biography


Genessa is a gentle light that burns bright in her classes. She teaches Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Yoga in the Park on Saturdays at 10:15 am at Heart + Mind Yoga. has studied  the Sivananda lineage of yoga, Yoga Nidra, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Kundalini yoga. Genessa has also trained Myofascial Adjustment with Christine Wushke. She is a certified Holistic Nutritionist. Discover more about Genessa at https://www.heartandmindyoga.com/genessa-sather

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Heart + Mind Yoga + Education

827, 10 Discovery Ridge Hill SW

Calgary AB .T3H 5X2