With days that are shorter, colder and darker it is natural that energy levels can take a considerable drop. In the past I’ve dreaded winter but this year decided to go with the change and embrace it, rather than trying to fight against it. I’m learning that winter gives time for reflection, rest and recuperation, if you let it!
Reflections in the water, triangle pose
What I have found particularly helpful is getting out in the daylight, going for walks or a gentle run. Then, creating a lovely warm sanctuary at home to hibernate in when it gets dark, I’m seeing winter as a great opportunity to make things and have been doing lots of creative activities to bring plenty colour and life into our home. Each day I start with a fresh lemon, ginger and honey drink with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar-touch wood I’ve not had a cold yet!! The challenge has been truly listening to my body and working out when its best to move or to stay still.
In yoga this week we will be focussing on moving stagnant energy in the body with deep breaths, a variety of inversions (getting upside down) and a lovely long savasana.
Sequence for 1 hour class:
Seated cross-legged position, bolster under bum if tight in hips.
3x Brahmari into Solar plexus
Knee pile with Kabalabatti breath-x30 0n each side
Side bend and neck release with heal into groin (other leg is straight)
Abs-Elbow to knee
Dolphin- take each leg up
V1) Warrior 1)
HANDSTAND on wall
Straddle forward fold