A May 2016 article, “‘Forest bathing’ is latest fitness trend to hit U.S. — ‘Where yoga was 30 years ago’” in the Washington Post is an interesting read on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku. It is full of great insights and interesting research statistics,
“‘There have been studies comparing walking in nature with walking in an urban environment and testing people on their mood, different aspects of depression, and in some cases, brain scans,’ said David Yaden, a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. “In the natural setting, people are more relaxed and less stressed.
People on nature walks also tend to engage in less rumination, or negative self-referential overthinking, which has been correlated with depression.”
Real Music’s new album, Forest Bathing is inspired by the real benefits one can expereince with a walk through the forest and can be used to enhance the experience. Enjoy!