I recently came across this fabulous article on ways Gardening is like Yoga. For me, gardening is very therapeutic. I find it to be very humbling and grounding, much like yoga. To be able to play outside in the dirt has a certain innocence to it. A step back to a simplier time as a child making mud pies.
Here are five other similarities between gardening and yoga:
1. Practicing mindfulness. It takes a keen awareness to notice the subtle signs of growth (or lack of growth) in plants. Noticing when a plant is too dry or not getting the right amount of sunlight is a challenge. Not to mention the feeling of being in the present moment when you notice the sun on your skin and the earth under your knees. It’s not unlike the awareness you build as you notice subtleties in the poses and in your body’s response to them.
2. Finding connection. It’s incredibly gratifying to watch plants grow and bloom, and knowing that you had something to do with helping that to happen makes it even more amazing. In yoga, we’re taught that there is a sacred connection to the universe and all life around us. In nourishing something and helping it to grow, you feel even more connected.
3. Pulling weeds. In order for a plant that you’re nurturing to grow, you’ve got to make sure the surrounding area is free of weeds or other plants that might take nutrients from the soil. In order to thrive in your yoga practice, You have to learn to banish distractions and expectations.
4. Seeking balance. A beautiful and healthy garden is one with a variety of colors and types of plants. Too much of one thing can not only throw off the aesthetic of the garden, but it can also affect the balance of nutrients in the soil. Yoga is all about balance, too. Too many active poses can be exhausting or cause you to overheat, while too many passive poses can cause sluggishness. It takes a good mixture of both to create the desired result.
5. Dirty work. Yoga doesn’t work unless you’re willing to put in the work. There are times when it’s uncomfortable to hold a pose for as long as your teacher asks you to or when you feel too tired or rushed to do the practice. But if you come back to it again and again, you’ll see that the results far outweigh the occasional discomfort. You’ll finding gardening to be the same way: You might not always want to get my hands dirty (and it’s pretty frustrating when you feel like your efforts aren’t paying off) but you know you will be incredibly proud when your plants thrive.