Shinrin-yoku is probably the easiest thing you can do to refresh and recharge your body, mind and soul. No cell phones, no deadlines, nothing to do, but simply to be. It’s a peaceful walk in a natural environment while you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. Come see what it’s all about. It is similar to mindfulness in terms of being in the present moment, with one important difference – we have a bias towards that which is pleasurable.
Based on a growing body of scientific research, here’s what a regular practice of Shinrin-yoku can do for you:
- Boost immune system functioning
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce stress
- Improve mood
- Increase energy levels
- Increase ability to focus
While the research regarding Shinrin-yoku is based on the effects of forests, there is also a lot of research on the wellness and healing properties of being in any natural environment. Conversely, a lack of contact with nature lead to a decline in both mental and physical health – a condition commonly known as Nature Deficit Disorder.
Find out more through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs.