When life feels busy and hectic, yoga can be a perfect way to slow down and take a break. Taking your yoga practice to the beach can be an even more peaceful and refreshing experience. Doing yoga on a beach can bring many calming and peaceful moments that won’t soon be forgotten. Beach yoga poses come with several benefits, including taking in some fresh sea air and enjoying the scenic water view.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward facing dog is a popular yoga pose and it’s perfect for doing on the beach. To do beach downward facing dog, start in a table top position. Press your toes into the sand and lift your hips up. Spread the fingers wide and reach the arms out straight and firm. Feel a nice stretch in the legs and an arch in the back.
Upward Facing Dog
Another great beach yoga pose to try is upward facing dog. Start in a push up position and lower your chest to the ground, with your palms and tops of your feet on the ground. Exhale and press into the palms of your hands and lift your chest and upper legs of the ground. As you do this, allow the shoulder blades to slide backwards along the rib cage and widen the collar bones.
Pigeon pose is a deep hip opener, and it can be a great way to really feel your body amid the soothing sound of the ocean and the cool sand beneath your feet. To do beach pigeon, start in a downward facing dog. Lift your right leg up, and then bend your right knee and place the right shin in front of your left knee. Keep the right ankle lined up with the right hand. Lower your hips down and feel a nice stretch in your outer leg. You may even rock back and forth and massage your leg for additional release. Repeat with the other side and hold for several breathes on each side.
Beach yoga is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the beach and relax your mind and body. Give it a try and see how it makes you feel!