The Yoga of Walking

The Yoga of Walking

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in traditional Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and its Etsy Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

24 Responses

  1. Renata says:

    Hello Andrea,

    Oh, I love your website and the article about walking. I love this kind of exercise and I do it as much a possible. Reading your post gives it deeper meaning I have never thought before.

    And the quotes – as I am a tree lover I appreciate the one from David Thoreau (I also read some book from him and it was awesome), so it really starts to connect my walking trips with more meaning in my life.

    Happy to come to your website, thank you, thank you, thank you again for this great post. It really makes my day brighter!

    Take care!

    Renata

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      I like Henry David Thoreau too. He really has a succinct way with words that makes his writing so simple, yet so deep.
      I’m glad this article brightened your day, Renata!

  2. Hannie says:

    Those quotes are marvelous! Very inspirational, as is your article. I practice mindfullness for almost 10 years now, but mindfull walking is definitely something I still haven’t mastered. I love my daily hikes, but as soon as I am well on my way I am caught in thoughts. 🙂

    It’s a good thing that usually my husband walks with me. He is very good in mindfull walking, although he will never call it that way. So when I am drifting off too far, he points a bird at me, or the mandarine trees. Or tells me to smell the air.

    I should be able to do that myself as well. I will, in time, I’ll just keep on practising 🙂

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Allowing your mind to wander and drift off can sometimes be a good thing, Hannie! Especially during walking meditation.
      Because it works beneath the surface, you could discover revelations that you never would have come to had you consciously tried. Don’t look too hard, let go of the reins and trust your intuition!

  3. Willow says:

    I recently started walking in the morning for the health benefit. I’ve always enjoyed walking, and several years ago when living next to a park, I’d take a walk through the park simply to clear my head. This was many years ago before I’d even heard of yoga or mindfulness; I simply enjoyed the sights and sounds of the park as I walked.

    Next walk I will try to synchronize my breath with my stride. Glad I came upon this article as it has given me the motivation to keep my morning walks up, even as it is heading into cooler weather where I live.

    I’m a quote person as well, so I enjoyed those here also.

  4. Habib says:

    I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your yoga walking post. I always get super excited whenever see a personal growth information. And it looks like I’ve come to the right place for that. I have gained so much knowledge about the benefits of walking. Of all the paths you taken in life, make sure some of them are dirt.” This quote is deep and inspirational.

  5. Mick says:

    Hey Andrea, we are blessed with some great walks only a couple of minutes from my house. River one side and the woods the other.

    I have spent many an hour running through these woods which are quite extensive but I have also spent a number of hours walking as well to clear the head.

    Great first thing or last thing just before dark although there is something special about walking through the woods in the dark.

    I practice Reiki and Meditate a lot but applying that to walks I haven’t tried but will certainly give it a go.

    Great article and thank you for sharing

  6. Omg! I totally needed this. I didn’t know that walking is a form of yoga meditation. Of course, when I walk, I am everywhere EXCEPT in the present moment. As a matter of fact, I once was so out of it when I was walking, I had stepped off the curb and almost got hit by a bus! Jesus. Yes, i can use this mindful walking yoga meditation. I love walking through Cental Park in the early morning hours. It’s super peaceful. I will try your suggestions.

  7. Sean says:

    Andrea,

    Great article, and I love the advice about breathing along with your steps, well three steps in and three steps out really. I’m in poor health right now and I need to get out and walk more often. My wife does most of the care for our dogs because of my seizures, but my seizures aren’t happening as frequently. I need to try and join her for the morning walk.

    My favorite quote about walking was missing:

    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

    Thanks again,
    Sean

  8. Tom says:

    Hi Andrea,

    This is a lovely article and could be very helpful to me. As we are in lockdown again in the UK, I will be going on many walks to get out of the house for a few minutes. But I am definitely going to be using your techniques so I can be mindful while walking. Yoga waking is something I have never heard of but I really want to share with my family and friends. Especially my parents because I think they would really benefit from this during their daily walks together and on their own.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

  9. Gareth says:

    Great post Andrea,
    I meditate daily and have heard of walking meditations, which your walking yoga post seems to deal with very eloquently! The balancing of the left and right hemispheres is something I’m actually practicing as part of my meditation routines so incorporating a walking yoga/meditation is a no brainer – plus it’s a great time for affirmations as I’ve read that when the left and right hemispheres are balanced, your subconscious is primed for programming 🙂
    Cheers,
    Gareth

  10. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – This is one the most real quotes I’ve ever come across, and there’s a good reason for that.

    Long walks are therapeutic for me. I usually avoid city walks and head directly to the nearest mountain range (20min. car ride). I don’t live in an ideal city for walks, so that’s why I prefer to avoid the hectic city life whenever I have the chance.

    Thanks for taking the time to craft such a fantastic post. I had a blast reading it!

  11. Giuseppe says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for this great article on Yoga Walking!

    I really like how you mentioned the practice of walking barefoot(earthing). I only started performing this practice occasionally 2 years ago, and had to build up the padding under my feet at first. However, it is such a nice way to connect and become mindful with the surrounding environment.

    Thank you again for another great article!!!
    I love your website!!!

  12. Kathy says:

    I enjoyed this post as enjoy walking. I always try to make it part of my daily routine. I can totally relate to what you’re saying, and find it a very mindful activity. The idea of walking at dawn sounds great, though not in mid winter! I never realised walking has so many health benefits including boosting immunity. I always knew it was good for relieving stress though. As someone who had a stroke 6 years ago, I make myself walk briskly as it helps with recovery. I’ll certainly use your tips of relaxing and letting go of tension before setting out for my next walk. I often find my shoulders and neck get quite tense. In addition, I’ll try to synchronise my breath with my strides. Thank you for sharing

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