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EARTH DAY ESSAY: Nature is Good Medicine
In this engaging personal reflection, yoga therapist Alyssa Pfennig celebrates the benefits of taking time to reconnect with nature and the outdoors.

When we connect to nature, we connect more deeply to our truest Self.

Nature is good medicine.

We connect to the wild inside of our hearts...our innate wisdom. We are all filled with this longing for the wild; however we are too often pressured to be all things to all people and overburdened with a neverending list of to-dos.

But where are YOU on this list?

You can start re-connecting with nature today with simple actions. Put your feet in the grass. Go for a hike. Have a picnic at the park. I do these things at least once a week and try to put my feet in the grass when I let my dog out in the backyard, put my face towards the sun and say at least one thing in which I am grateful.

Find something that works in your schedule and see how reconnecting with nature can be so healing for you.

How are you connecting with nature?

*Original essay was published on August 27, 2018 at: It is reprinted here courtesy of the author, Alyssa Pfennig, C-IAYT.

Alyssa is a certified yoga therapist and hosts the Wild Wisdom Podcast in addition to owning Embarque Yoga Studio in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can read her blog and find out more about retreats and other offerings on her website:

Published: 04/15/19