BBC Radio Sussex came to the forest bathing experience at Stanmer Park.
Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex at Stanmer Park. The audio recording of the interview, accompanied by video footage of the forest bathing experience, captures the essence of this rejuvenating practice. Join me on this journey as we explore the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing in the heart of nature.
Introduction to Shinrin-yoku
Forest bathing is the practice of immersing oneself in the natural environment of a forest, engaging all five senses to fully experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and even tastes of the woodland. It's about slowing down, being present, and connecting with nature on a deeper level.
Introduction to Shinrin-yoku
In Japan, forest bathing is known as Shinrin-yoku, and it's more than just a walk in the woods. It's a sensory journey that takes you back to the simple joys of childhood, strolling through the forest, exploring woodlands with all your senses. Picture yourself laying on tree barks in the summer, watching leaves dance in the wind, and listening to the symphony of birds and squirrels.
Things to Do in the Forest
Looking for Fractals
Nature's beauty lies in fractals, repeating geometrical patterns that our brains find soothing. As you wander through Stanmer Park, notice the fractals in the leaves, branches, and textures around you. Research indicates that our brains produce relaxing alpha waves when we observe fractals, contributing to the overall calming effect of forest bathing.
Wander and Wonder
Explore the intricate details of the forest, from the variations in leaves to the unique growth patterns of trees. Keep an eye out for hidden gems like bird's nests, badger holes, mushrooms, or vibrant flowers. Each visit to the forest unveils new discoveries, making every experience unique.
Explore with All Your Senses
Engage all your senses in the forest. Crush a leaf between your fingers and inhale deeply. Observe the textures, colors, and details of leaves. By immersing yourself in the sensory richness of the woodland, you gain a fresh perspective on the beauty that surrounds you.
Find Your Sitting Point
Discover a serene spot to sit in the forest, perhaps on a tree trunk with your shoes off, grounding yourself and looking up at the canopy. This simple act can deepen your connection with nature.
Forest Bathing and Yoga
Combine the calming effects of yoga with the sensory experience of forest bathing. Set the right mindset for your forest bathing experience with yoga, ensuring a relaxed and stretched-out state.
Research on Forest Bathing Benefits
Dr. Qing Li, a pioneer in forest medicine, has extensively researched the physical benefits of forest bathing. His studies demonstrate that spending time in the forest enhances the activity of natural killer cells, strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation, improves sleep quality, and even increases anti-cancer protein production.
Join our Yoga and Forest Bathing experience at Stanmer Park
Come along to one of our yoga and forest bathing days in Brighotn - Stanmer Park.