Ever have one of those days where it’s cold out and you just wanna crawl back into bed and stay there? Sure you could do a heat-building yoga flow to shift the funky winter blues. But, there are also times when you need to embrace the snuggly cozy bundled-up feeling and need to move slower. This yoga class is the latter! Moving slow, wrapping up warm, and going with the slow sluggish Kapha energy. This 30-min yoga for cold days class is perfect for days when you just want to do less.
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Yoga for Cold Days
Begin this yoga for cold days class laying on your back. Either legs straight or knees bent. Your choice. After a short scan, begin a slow windshield wiper movement whilst entending opposite arm overhead. Next, we’ll do a crunch hugging alternating knees towards the chest.
From here roll over to all fours for cat cow and barrel rolls. Great for stirring up the sacral and creative energy. Then, extend one leg behind you lifting it away from the floor. Draw the knee out to the side towards the same side elbow and lengthen back. Remember to do both sides!
After a brief pause in child’s pose rise to downward facing dog. Stepping forward to uttananasa and then standing in mountain pose. The next few minutes of this yoga for cold days class are standing poses, but we move slow. Take the feet wide into star pose. Then sit into goddess for a few breaths. Rise, and come to balancing star on the right. Repeat everything on the other side.
See short and sweet standing practice. From here, come to sit on your mat. Draw one leg towards the chest, holding the lower leg like a baby. Gently rock your ‘baby’, then circle around a little to massage your buttocks. Looks weird, feels good! Bring the legs to sit cross-legged and fold over both legs. Repeat “rocking the baby” on the other side.
Then come to lie on your back for supine twists. These are my favorite before coming to savasana. Do a little arch and flatten first, move the pelvis and then twist. Repeat on both sides before coming into savasana.
Remember, just as our moods and energy fluctuate so should our yoga practice. Sometimes it’s highly energetic, other times it’s not. Stop fighting and give your body what it needs, instead of what you think you want.
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- How does your yoga practice change with the seasons?
- Do you like the cold weather?
- Are you looking forward to Spring?