Take a break from all the hustle and bustle and step out onto the beach and enjoy the benefits of sandy toes and beautiful scenery.
Bringing your yoga practice to the beach can be really rewarding. Noticing the subtle sounds of the ocean and the scent of the sea breeze is a good way to ground ourselves in the present moment.
In his “Blue Mind” essay, Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist at Ocean Conservancy, says we all have a “blue mind, [...] a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment”.
Have you ever stopped to think just why you feel so good walking on a beach and breathing the fresh sea air? Or perhaps even breathing the fresh air after it rains?
Why is this? The human body’s magnetic field is made up of both positive and negative ions. Over-exposure to positive ions, often caused by electrical equipment such as phones, laptops, and our favorite devices can affect our magnetic field by overloading it with positive ion, ultimately draining our energy. However, water in motion produces abundant negative ions, bringing more energy and vitality.
Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments such as the ocean and other places of moving water.
Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, reducing our stress levels, helping to alleviate depression and boost our daytime energy. No wonder surfers are so addicted to the ocean!
Additionally, doing yoga in nature is correlated with increased creativity, elevated mood and add a big breath of that gorgeous sea air to the mix, and you have yourself a calming and mood-boosting cocktail.
Who would have thought that negative ions could create such positive vibes? 😍