Wednesday June 21st is International Yoga Day. A day that’s all about the health benefits of yoga. And that works even better in the garden. Particularly with these ten plants around you: they make a soft rustling sound, have a delectable fragrance, encourage butterflies to flutter around or have calming properties. And.... relax.
10 yoga plants
Bamboo: the soft sound of the leaves in the wind and the beautiful green of bamboo create peace and equilibrium in the garden. Place the plants together, for instance as a hedge or as a green accent between flowering plants.
Lavender: the scent of relaxation. Lavender is ideal as a mini-hedge alongside a patio, but also looks lovely in a pot on your balcony. Breathe in, breathe out.
Ornamental grasses: just like bamboo, ornamental grasses have a calming effect. With every breeze the plants make a soft rustling sound. There are also very strokeable! They look good planted in a bed and in pots.
Delphinium: the beauty of these pastel flowers allows you to stop and contemplate nature and be in the moment. They’re therefore an ideal focus for equilibrium exercises.
Waterlily: a rippling pond creates a relaxed atmosphere in which waterlilies steal the show. A good alternative to a pond is a large bowl or container with a waterlily next to your yoga mat.
Echinacea: not just a sun salutation, but also a sense of healing. The flowers ensure constant visits by butterflies, to remind you to adopt the butterfly position.
Thyme: what a delectable scent! Place your mat near thyme in order to give your exercises even more effect, because an attractive fragrance creates a positive feeling.
Verbena: another magnet for butterflies. The plant provides a colourful accent in pots, and makes it easier to enjoy gazing around you.
Clematis: conceal a bare wall or depressing fence behind a clematis bursting with flowers. That helps the garden look a lot more natural, and you will feel more balanced.
Buddleja: alongside beautiful flowers, the buddleja also has a pleasant sweet fragrance. Close your eyes to breathe in the scent, then slowly open them and peacefully admire the butterflies surrounding the purple flowers.
Finished your asanas? Spend a moment gazing at the nature around you, relaxed and mindful. Namaste.