When I heard this year’s National Tea Day was being launched in London, I was curious to find out more. Sampling different teas in the glorious surroundings of Kensington Roof Gardens? Yes please! That sounds just my cup of tea.
A small group gathered mid-morning in the car park at Cranham Woods to meet our guide Karan for a ‘Yoga in Nature Walk’. A trained Dru Yoga teacher, Karan has based the idea of her yoga walks on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, literally translated as ‘forest bathing’.
Scientific researchers in Japan have concluded that spending time in the forest has significant health benefits. Shinrin-yoku is prescribed in Japan for preventative health care. Its benefits reportedly include reduced blood pressure and stress levels; improved sleep and energy levels and a boosted immune system. I was keen to try it out and see what affect forest bathing had on me.