(Part 2) Yoga on Hilton Head Island: The Standing Sequence

Practicing yoga outside on Hilton Head Island is simple, especially when you are equipped with a few key supplies.

Outdoors Yoga Checklist:

* A well-padded mat. Jiva Yoga Center and Sports Addiction carry a selection of yoga mats.
* Comfortable clothes. Go-Tri Sports sells Moving Comfort tanks and sports bras and Jiva Yoga Center stocks both men an women’s yoga apparel.
* Sunscreen. Faces Day Spa, the Sanctuary, and Le Spa all sell high-quality sunscreen.
* Bug repellent. Hilton Head Farmers Market vendor Cynthia Lee makes a honey herbal insect repellent bar that smells divine.
* Water bottle.

After warming up the body as you learned in Part 1 with Sun Salutation A, you can begin the standing sequence. There are several energizing and lengthening standing poses for all experience and fitness levels. I would encourage everyone to be aware of their breath and make sure their inhales and exhales equal in length and originate from the nose rather than the mouth for optimal breathwork. Also, listen to your body. There is a difference between challenging and over-exerting yourself.

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The Best Way to Discover Hilton Head Island

LONG BEFORE GOLF became popular, even before families came to play on our spacious the beaches, people have traveled to experience Hilton Head’s natural environment and culture. This quest—to experience our diverse wildlife, waters, maritime forest and unique historical sites—was the original treasure that lured visitors to this once sleepy Island over 60 years ago. […]

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(Part 1) Yoga on Hilton Head Island: The Warm Up

May on Hilton Head Island is the ideal time to be outside. According to the Weather Channel:

* The average low is 62
* The average high is 80
* The average precipitation is 2.95 inches (second after November in lowest annually)
* The average ocean temperature is 75

With extra daylight hours and relatively few mosquitoes, May is my favorite month to do yoga outside. My top 5 places to do yoga on Hilton Head Island are:

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Pathways to Sustainability

Community trails connect people to nature, and spur economic growth

GETTING THERE FROM HERE on Hilton Head Island is a centuries-old challenge.

Over 4,000 years ago, American Indians paddled their hewn dugouts all the way from the the Colleton, May, and Savannah Rivers seeking winter’s bonanza of oysters and game. We know they were here from their shell ring, shell mounds, and middens scattered over 42 square miles of high ground.

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Tree Pose: Paying Homage to Hilton Head’s Lowcountry Landscape

Live Oak, Sabal Palmetto, and Long Leaf Pine. Red Cedar, Wax Myrtle and Bald Cypress. Whether draped in Spanish Moss, haloed by an osprey nest or spotted white with egrets, Hilton Head’s trees frame the Island’s natural beauty and are the infrastructure to the Lowcountry’s charm.

It is for this reason the Island’s trees make us smile. The appreciation we have for them generates a form of nature-inspired wellness.

Whenever I practice yoga outside—whether it is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Pinckney Island, or one of the Island’s pristine beaches—I feel compelled to honor our native trees and do Vrksasana (vrik-SHAHS-anna), or the Sanskrit word for Tree Pose.

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Meet Your Wild Neighbors

That’s what Spanish explorers reportedly named Hilton Head Island—Isla de los Osos—when they sojourned the Port Royal Sound in the 1520s. And so began the legend that the Island and the Lowcountry were a primordial paradise populated by swamp dragons, stilt-legged prehistoric looking birds, and huge bigheaded fish that rose to the surface to breathe air. As late as the 1960s, wild turkeys roamed the pinelands and wild boar reaped havoc on lawns and fairways. And in the past 20 years new species of wildlife have arrived. Learning to coexist with residential critters is an everyday activity for coastal folk. But the interface of people and wildlife, sometimes inspiring, sometimes aggravating, challenges our role as stewards of natural resources here.

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Explore the Wild Edge

In the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area, there is one great nature preserve that trumps all others. Our beaches offer more breathtaking scenery, wildlife action and a daily show of nature’s raw power than anywhere else in the region. This nexus of land and water is pure habitat for hundreds of animal species – from the biggest fish and dolphins to mysterious burrowers deep in sand.

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Getting into the Gardening Groove

When I was a young girl growing up on Hilton Head my mother would say to me, “Becca, one day you’ll be a gardener. It’s just in your DNA.” I remember looking at her sweat-stained T-shirt and dirt-encrusted fingernails. I remember holding my nose to avoid smelling the mulch. And I remember thinking, “No, gardening’s not for me. I must be adopted.”

But, as always, my mother was right. I have become a gardener.

I love removing a newly-purchased plant from its plastic container and planting it in the ground. I love wrestling with the garden hose. And, most of all, I love the fact that gardening is a form of moving meditation.

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Tanger Outlets is completing a $50 million renovation of its Hilton Head Tanger Outlet 1 to create the first LEED-certified green shopping center in Beaufort County and the second of its kind in South Carolina. The new center is set for its grand opening March 31, 2011; just in time for the influx of more […]

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