The Final Stretch - Beating the Winter Blues with Yoga
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Spring is literally around the corner, but you’re growing impatient. You’ve had your fill of snow and cold and are ready for some CHANGE. It’s too early to ditch your warm coat, but there are a few yoga poses that just might help you during the grueling, final stretch of winter.
Dancer pose, Triangle pose, and Camel pose – all great postures that energize your body. All act as natural stimulants to set you up for a productive day. They warm up the body and bring you from repose to refresh. Many of us sleep with the spine and hips rounded in fetal position, which is calming and introspective for rest and contemplation. In contrast, backbends stretch and extend the spine and hips and bring an energetic openness to the body, preparing you for action. Take 10, 20, or 30 minutes every morning to practice, and you’ll start your day wide-awake and full of life.
Side Plank, Sun Salutations, Bridge pose, and Bow pose are all great postures that generate heat. And this is what we crave this time of year for sure! By holding these postures, you will generate heat, build strength, and train your ability to focus and find stillness.
Heart opening postures – Cobra pose, Cat pose, Wheel pose. These poses help with anxiety and depression. It is easy to fall into a slump towards the end of winter-time… maybe you’ve gotton off the track from the intentions you set for the new year. Heart opening postures are perfect for getting back to yourself. They warm the spine and stimulate the heart chakra, which is responsible for our ability to give and receive love.
"The sun shines not on us, but in us."
~ John Muir, Naturalist