The Australian called it “A walk about”, the Vietnamese called it “Walking without a purpose”, the Japaneses called it “Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy”. They all have the same concept: Go to a Forest, Wood, Park (places with many trees, plans). Walk. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of how our body release stress when just simply being out in nature.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. We have always known this intuitively. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system’s way of fighting cancer.
Yoga walking is when we practice mindfulness (mindful attention). While walking, we are able to reconnect with our body and this, in turn, helps us quiet an overactive mind. The repetitive rhythm of linking the breath with our stride organically induces a state of calm. Stressful thoughts, worries and negativity softly fade away, by simply focusing the mind and being in the present moment.
We also reap the physical benefits of regular walking; we strengthen the heart, burn calories, lower risk of disease, increase circulation and improve stamina. Walking is a weight bearing exercise that helps build bone density. We also are receiving a natural dose of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. With the integration of yoga poses, we begin to build strength, improve stability and increase flexibility.
Starting April 27, every Sunday at 8AM, come out and join us for our Group Walk. They are open FREE to community. Pre-register so we know that you are coming.Share