This past weekend I attended Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DL. When asked about my experience, my usual answer has been, “it’s the most fun I’ve ever had while simultaneously being more miserable than I’ve ever been before.”
Why the misery?
Four days of 90-degree temperatures, 80% humidity, tornado warnings and tropical storms – just to name a few reasons. The weather was either extreme heat or extreme rain; there were no in-betweens.
This wouldn’t have been so terrible, except my friends and I were sleeping in tents. It was either sweltering hot or all of our sleeping gear was getting soaked. Due to this, I found myself sleeping in our car for 2 out of the 4 nights we were there. (The first night I slept on a lawn chair and the 2nd I gave the tent a shot.)
As you could probably imagine, none of these conditions gave me an ideal nights sleep and I woke up feeling miserable, sore and with muscle cramps.
After the second day, I couldn’t take it anymore. I left my group, grabbed a towel, laid it on the ground and started to do yoga. Immediately my body breathed a sigh of relief.
For those of you camping this summer, I would strongly suggest bringing along a mat and some yoga moves as well! Here are my favorite five moves that helped me immensely.
Downward Facing Dog- Adho Mukha Svansana
An oldie but goodie. We’re probably all familiar with this pose, but no matter how advanced or experienced you are Downward Facing Dog still has much to offer for you and your body. Downward-Facing Dog rejuvenates the entire body. It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs.
Cobra Pose- Urdhva Mukva Shavasana
This move is great for opening up your neck and shoulders. It has added benefits of toning your abdomen, strengthening your back and shoulders and improving flexibility. For camping however, we want to do this pose because it also reduces fatigue and stress and improves your blood circulation by expanding your chest.
Bridge Pose- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Bridge pose stretches your spine, neck, thighs and your hip flexors. It revitalizes your legs and shoulders, which is great after a long day of hiking/sleeping in uncomfortable positions.
Child’s Pose- Balasna
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Child’s Pose. Yes, it’s a seemingly simple move. However, it’s benefits are enormous. It releases the tensions in your back, shoulders, chest and helps to relieve stress. It stretches your back, hips and normalizes circulation throughout your body and encourages calmness in your mind and body. Basically, Child's Pose was my savior on my camping/festival experience.
Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose- Ardha Matsyendrasana
This pose is fantastic for your spine. This pose has deep seated twists that increase spinal rotation and boost blood flow to each disk of your spine. It builds strength and flexibility, and all around provide relaxing relief to your back. Your neck, shoulders and hips also get a nice relief from this one.
Use nature to your advantage and improvise! I used a tree with flat ground surrounding it to help with my headstand and to help assist with Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani.)
Do you have any poses you do while camping? Share them in the comments below!
Sky Andersen holds down the role of blog writer at Yoga Accessories. Currently studying Public Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, she writes for many different publications and is passionate about all things photography, travel and of course- yoga.