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Al fresco asana

Victoria Jackson ponders the challenges of taking your yoga practice outdoors during the British summertime

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Every year, about this time, as the seasons turn a little further towards summer and the days are longer, lighter and warmer, I find mysel f tempted to take my practice outside. It feels stuffy and confined indoors and, after a day working in the office in artificial light, I crave some open spaces and fresh air. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to drift out of work to the nearest park and roll out my mat there for some al fresco asana instead of heading to the studio or practicing at home in my apartment? I’d have a beautiful expanse of sky above me, the spreading trees as my inspiration for standing postures and the grass would tickle my feet deliciously in Savasana. The sun would warm me gently and perhaps a soft summer zephyr would play over my skin bringing a vital aliveness to each posture. The birds would sing and insects buzz past offering up their own natural r endition of an ‘om’. In my mind it would be a perfect setting and my beautiful practice would flow along effortlessly with the very rhythms of life and the natural world. Aaaah, I’m smiling even at the thought of it. Bliss!

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In this issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine we’ve got lots of great ideas and inspiration to keep your practice fresh and alive on the mat. We’ve got our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy with Doctor Yogi plus a sequence on finding relief from anxiety, one of the great challenges of the modern era. Look out for a standalone yoga teacher training guide this month too, brought to you by the OM team, where you can find out all you need to know about teacher training before you take the plunge. If you’re looking to explore the world this month then be sure to check out our yoga guide to Manchester where there’s plenty going on; it’s a city with some amazing teachers and studios. And, for you guys, we’ve got an article on Why Men Need Mindfulness, it’s an invaluable tool to learn and take with you throughout the day. Keep on reading for more yoga inspiration and advice in Britain’s best-loved yoga title. Have a fantastic month, folks.