When holiday stress amps up and weather temperatures plummet to freezing (in some parts of the country), walks can be the best form of self-therapy! Even in as little as fifteen to twenty minutes a short walk can be rejuvenating, grounding and a form of meditation.
After a brisk winter walk I feel energized, refreshed, more positive, and present. Use your time outside as you do your time on the yoga mat–as a chance to breathe, to practice self-love, and connect to the world around you.
Transform your walk into a meditation in motion! Here’s how:
1. Ditch the technology
Keep the cell phoned stored in your pocket, a running belt, or, if you feel safe, at home. Ditch the ear buds and silence your itunes. Turning off technology allows you to tune into to YOU. Listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale. Hear the birds chirping around you, cars honking, cyclists passing you, and the buzz of life around you. Music, texting, chatting on the phones to friends are all great but it can take you away from the present moment and make you less aware of your surroundings. Let your breath and the noise around you be the music to move you along.