Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

This July, yoga instructor Adelle Leonard will travel across Canada spreading her love of outdoor yoga through free classes in parks.

Inspired by Healthy Parks Healthy People, this program aims to bring people outdoors with the opportunity to practice yoga in stunning natural settings.

Outdoor yoga offers a host of benefits, as well as an opportunity to try something new and connect with a new community.

Benefits of yoga

Woman does yoga pose on rocky beachThe science of yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago, and its teachings are still studied and passed down today due to the countless benefits of this practice.

Some well-known physical benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, endurance, muscle strength, joint mobility, balance, and breathing capacity.

Other physical benefits of regular yoga practice include improved circulatory and immune system functionality, increased body awareness, and reduced muscle and joint pain.

While yoga has countless physical benefits, the mental and emotional benefits of the practice are also endless. Yoga helps reduce levels of stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and general worry or overthinking.

Nature is good for you

Woman meditates outdoors

Spending time in nature also has countless physical and mental health benefits. Just 30 minutes outdoors can dramatically reduce levels of stress, blood pressure, anxiety and mental fatigue. A natural increase in oxygen intake increases happiness levels, creates more energy in the body and calms nervous system functions.

Spending time in nature also stimulates creativity, concentration and inspiration. By connecting with the earth, we gain a better sense of the health of the world around us, the health of our communities, and our own physical and mental well-being.

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Don’t forget about the beautiful scenery available outdoors too!

Why do yoga in nature?

A woman leans back on the beach during sunset

When we experience the benefits of yoga and the benefits of being outdoors together, the two create a very supportive relationship.

Practicing yoga combined with a natural outdoor environment encourages a greater connection to self and a greater connection to the earth. Nature invigorates and stimulates the senses, helping yoga practitioners feel naturally more connected to their body and, in turn, their surroundings.

If you’re a current yoga practitioner, practicing outdoors can turn a familiar routine into an intense experience. If you’re new to yoga, a class outside the studio can create a friendly and welcoming approach to trying something new in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Woman does yoga pose on a log

Ready to try outdoor yoga? Adelle’s class dates are:

July 1: Lake Superior Provincial Park – 5:00 p.m.
July 2: Lake Superior Provincial Park – 10:00 am
July 3: White Lake Provincial Park – 5:00 p.m.
July 4: Rainbow Falls Provincial Park – 5:00 p.m.
July 5: Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
July 28: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – 10:00 am
July 29: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – 10:00 am

Follow Adelle’s journey via Instagram at @adelleleo and share your yoga and nature stories with #namastayinnature and #HPHP.

About Adelle

The woman does a handstand in the field

Always inspired by the physical body and its capabilities, Adelle began her yoga journey as a means to promote greater inner balance.

Photo by Adelle Leonard

After years of self-study, she followed her passion to inspire and embarked on the path of a yoga instructor in 2010. Adelle was motivated to share her knowledge and dedication to healthy living with others.

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Influenced by the connection between mind, body and breath, she strives to create fun, challenging and alignment-focused sequences that guide people towards the path of self.

Certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Chakra Yoga, her classes are intertwined with creative flows, supportive adjustments, and clean, clear instruction with soul.

She is an ambitious explorer, deeply captivated by nature and dedicated to living in rhythm.