Hidden within the grounds of Grey’s Court, owned by the National Trust, is a Japanese Torii (literally meaning “bird abode”).

Simply put, it marks a transition - from the mundane to the sacred. 

At Grey’s Court, our local Torii hotspot, and I'd imagine the only one in Hampshire, it was placed on a bridge between a perfectly manicured lawn, and the wild forces of nature. 

It felt like a metaphor for the gate we need to open, pulling ourselves away from time sat at a desk, or mindless scrolling, and diving into the depths of a more natural environment. 

For the same reasons we fleck our yoga practises with Mountain and Tree pose, we must also try to do splash our spare time with habits that ground us.