WHAT IF NATURE COULD JUST BE THE BEST MEDICINE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES—IMPROVING OUR HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND WELL-BEING???
TAKE YOUR PRACTICE OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO AND FEEL THE CHALLENGES...
THE LINK BETWEEN NATURE AND HAPPINESS
Zelenski and Nisbet conducted two studies with one question in mind: Is the link between nature and happiness independent from the other things that make us feel emotionally connected to life, like family, country, culture, music, and friends?
In the first study, they measured people’s feelings of connectedness across many spheres, including nature. They called the concept of how we emotionally connect to our natural world nature relatedness. Using a Likert-type scale, participants rated their nature relatedness by their level of agreement or disagreement with statements like “My relationship to nature is an important part of who I am,” and “I take notice of wildlife wherever I am.”
The results of their research suggest that “nature relatedness has a distinct happiness benefit” beyond the more generalized benefit of feeling connected to family, friends, and home. Our connection to nature also correlated with most measures of human well-being, indicating it may play an extremely important role in maintaining positive mental health.
Take your mat and practice outside. By getting out of the studio and into nature, you can experience yoga as it was originally intended. Being outdoors gives you access to a whole other world of sensations. It helps you feel part of a boundless existence, at one with an intelligent and sympathetic universe.
Love & Sun