Life can be simpler and more rewarding when you align yourself with the seasons. Living in harmony with the seasons creates more homeostasis in our bodies. When we are in seasonal alignment, our diets, activities and priorities adapt to the conditions. As Winter hurls her cold weather, short days and stark beauty, embrace it. It is the Yin energy season. It is the season to be quiet, make plans, dream, read, sleep more. The time to eat warm food, take winter walks, try Yin or restorative yoga. Take time to watch a storm rage across the ocean or the prairies. Marvel at the power of Winter.
"I align with the rhythms of nature."
Yoga Pose: Warrior II Virabhadrasana II
A classic pose that emphasizes good alignment.
Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.
Stance. Step your feet apart so that the outer borders of your feet align with your wrists when your arms are spread wide. Turn your left foot out 90 degrees. Turn your back toes slightly to the left. Your left knee cap should align with the center of your left ankle.
Exhale and bend your left knee towards 90 degrees. Press your outer right heel firmly to the ground.
Torso. Keep your torso and upper body upright in the center with your chest and shoulders still facing center. Your shoulders align above the pelvis. Stay upright without leaning forward.
Arms. Lift and expand your arms out to the sides with your arms at about shoulder height. Lift your heart energy.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Gaze out from your heart center over your left fingertips.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Winter in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona