Shinrin Yoku is the New Yoga
So, why Shinrin Yoku?
Let’s begin by pointing out that yoga is one of the best mind and body workouts and the spiritual paths to the self. Practicing yoga comes with many benefits for both mental and physical health and we personally swear by it. The above statement does not mean that Shinrin Yoku will replace yoga, is better than yoga or that yoga will go out of fashion.
These traditional practices have existed for many years. The fact that the term Shinrin Yoku was coined just recently does not mean the practice did not exist before the term was given. The indigenous people in all cultures have deep connection with nature and the forest for millennia. Only when the practice is forgotten, and people getting sicker and weaker from being disconnected, the government, healthcare professionals and science start to catch up. Scientific research is done and the term is given, to re-convince people that it is good for you.
Like yoga two decades ago, an interest in Shinrin Yoku has only just picked up and only those who specifically look for it will find it. It is not yet mainstream and you certainly will not find it in your neighborhood gym. Back then yoga was known and practiced by relatively small groups of people, it was rather esoteric. Now, it has become a cult and you see it in every corner of the world.
Stating that “Shinrin Yoku” is the new yoga is a bit of a prediction from our part. The demand for connection to nature is rising and, with that, inevitably more and more people will discover it, practice it and teach it.First, they will probably read about it on the internet and they won’t even remember having read about it. Or maybe they will hear the term in a podcast, but it is not registered in their brain, because of the exotic term. But soon, their friends will talk about it. They will know someone who practice it.
From the latest Research done by Global Wellness Institute, connection time nature ranks number 1 on the Top 5 Wellness Expectations on Next Trip, post pandemic. From a commercial perspective, this means there will be a rising demand for nature-based activities. When you look at that, it is probably a fair speculation that there will be higher demands for Shinrin Yoku guides and instructors.
This article discusses how Shinrin Yoku is the new yoga and why it is becoming the latest wellness sensation. Find out how you could become a certified Shinrin Yoku instructor and gain the skills you need to stay relevant in the holistic wellness field.
Citizens of the Modern World
Nowadays, when we want to meditate, we are told to download an app and connect away. Our mind has to be anchored to a guiding voice on a smartphone. It is impossible to disconnect. There are too many apps and devices to deal with and too many distractions. We are nature deprived and what we consume is no longer pure.
“As a veteran in the wellness industry, I feel that nature connection and its healing benefits are so underrated. Wellness leaders focus a lot of their time on procuring the chemical-laden and heavily fragranced treatment products and high-tech equipment in their wellness centers. They usually overlook the importance of harnessing the healing power of nature around them. That is one best way to localize your wellness activities by connecting guests to the immediate surrounding and indigenous plants,” commented Pin Chinnapat, founder of The Mindful Tourist.
Urban people think spending time in nature is inconvenience. They seek comfort in the indoor living because being in nature boring and dangerous. There are the possible dangers of poisonous animals and sunburn and the inconvenience of rain and dirt. Whatever the reason is, they are missing out.
Why should we spend more time in nature?
Yoga and Shinrin Yoku practitioners enjoy many similar mental and physical benefits, such as decreasing stress, bertter heart health and improving sleep quality. Having said that, most yoga classes are held indoors, in an air-conditioned environment. This limits exposure to the fresh air and the natural elements nature provide.
First of all, nature revives our energy and inner spirit. Getting in tune with it can help optimize our immunity and ultimately our well-being. Try walking in the sand or grass. Being able to physically feel the ground helps your body to achieve balance and increase sensitivity to touch.
Secondly, when you spend time connecting with nature, you experience a sense of awe. Dictionary defines it as an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, and fear produced by that which is grand, sublime and extremely powerful. Awe promotes generosity, creativity, curiosity, loving kindness and enables us to live in the present moment.
Lastly, being in nature is stress-free and hints at relaxation, beauty and a sense of serenity. As nature calms you, your stress level reduces. Lower stress levels, as a consequence, allow your own body’s immunity to increase.
Shinrin Yoku is about going back to the basics, as it connects our mind, body and spirit to the natural environment and learning the simple things in life, one thing at a time.
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