MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a new way to do yoga that takes you out of the studio and into the great wide open. It’s called walkabout yoga, and it’s offered by instructor Traci Weber at Silver Sands Beach in Milford.
“Walkabout yoga is a 90 minute outdoor yoga adventure,” Weber explained.
The class combines both yoga and hiking. Before the trek begins the group warms up with a few moves.
“We are just stretching and getting settled in and getting used to our space and being outside and then we go on this nice little hot, hot spicy brisk walk,” Weber said.
And when she says brisk, she means brisk. The class covers two-and-a-half miles of terrain and the views are hard to beat.
“My favorite part about walkabout yoga is actually being outdoors being in nature, and enjoying the outdoors,” said class participant Rebecca Strickland-Muliumu.
“I love being outside,” said Martha Bogucki, also a class participant. “I love doing everything near the beach.”
Weber says doing yoga in the great wide open is actually the way it’s meant to be done.
“The ancients — the original yogis — that’s where they were doing yoga was outside,” she explained.
And bringing the ancient art outside adds another level of challenge to the exercise.
“Being in a studio — it’s all very controlled,” Weber said. “The temperature, the lighting, the music — everything is controlled. So being outside gives a little bit extra challenge to your practice, whether it be the grounds uneven, or maybe a plane is flying by, so it causes you to be a little bit more aware of your surroundings and a little bit more in tune with what’s happening inside of you.”
There are big benefits to exercising outdoors are more likely to stick with a routine. Another study and found those who worked out outside lost seven more pounds compared to those who didn’t.
“Because the yoga is outdoors it helps me stick with it it’s an opportunity to go outside, enjoy the fresh air, the scenery; enjoy the beach,” said class participant Carmen Abreu.
Weber says for those who are new to yoga, taking it out of the studio also makes it less intimidating.
“There’s lots of freedom; there are lots of chances to be silly; there are lots of chances to get dirty — you put your knees down and you get some grass in your on your pants you’re going to get some sand in your shoes from being on the beach so it lightens it up a little bit,” she explained.
And what could be better than ending class with a sunset?
“I’ve done several yoga classes and this is by far the best one,” said Strickland-Muliumu.
There’s no doubt this class will leave you “oming” and “awing” the beauty around you.
For more information about walkabout yoga, visit WalkAboutYoga.net.