Whether it’s a small pond in a park or a 5-storey tall waterfall, the simple act of being by water can have a healing power over us. Here are some of our top yoga routines to incorporate into your practice by the ocean.
Start in Sukhasana with an ujjayi breath—the ocean breath. Let go of your worries and allow your breath to mimic the flow of the tide.
2. Surya Namaskar
Next, flow into Surya Namaskar, a prayer to the sun. Take time to show gratitude to the life force that gives us water. Move slowly and breathe deeply between each of the 12 postures.
3. Standing Flow
Now transition into a posture that connects you to the Earth, open your hearts and allow energy to flow from the ocean to your core. Move freely between: Tadasana; Virabhadrasana 1 (left leg back); Virabhadrasana 2 (left side); Trikonasana (left arm extended upwards), Virabhadrasana 2 (left side), Virabhadrasana 1 (left foot still back); Tadasana; and repeat on the opposite side.
4. Ground Sequence
Moving to the floor, start with Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), followed by Cat/Cow to warm up the middle back. Then flow into Salabhasana; Balasana; Bhujangasana; Balasana; Adho Mukha Svanasana; Kapotasana (right leg); Adho Mukha Svanasana; Kapotasana (left leg); Adho Mukha Svanasana; Balasana; Dandasana; Ardha Matsyendrasana (both sides); Paschimottanasana.
In either Sukhasana or Vajrasana, bring your hands together into dhyana mudra representing our intention to set aside our manifest life as we dive deep into a five-minute meditation.
Complete your practice by lying on your mat, listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the heaviness of our bodies sink into the sand by the ocean.