Expanding in the Heart Of Winter: A Restorative Practice Can Create Inner Space While Winter Contracts Around Us

According to yoga and Ayurveda, like qualities increase like. 

Our opposing energy in winter

We want to ensure that winter’s contracting elements do not weigh down our body and mind. We may wish to equalize by creating warmth, lightness, and openness. Our yoga practice, meditation, and lifestyle should also keep things bright, fluid, and moving inside. 

 

Restorative yoga warms the way

Slow flow yoga and restoratives are a great way to warm the body as they: 

  • create circulation
  • encourage elimination
  • cultivate inward awareness and receptivity without expending unnecessary energy or depleting ourselves

We can work deeply and mindfully with minimum effort. 

A pose for balance

The restorative pose, Goddess, balances winter's heaviness. Goddess allows us to stay grounded and move inward while relaxing into a more expansive state. The practice will help you melt solidity, rigidity and unnecessary holding while you release and expand your chest and abdomen.

This pose can help lift your mood and energy, deepen your breathing, promote digestion, and increase elimination. It is a great way to harmonize with the heart of winter while expanding into your own body and mind. 

Recharge with self care

 Research shows that restorative yoga can help people maintain proper weight and metabolism, according to a study from the National Institute of Health. As you take care of yourself this winter, know that you are nourishing yourself for more than the present moment. For how you nurture yourself throughout winter, will dictate how you bloom up in spring. 

 

RESTORATIVE YOGA PRACTICE FOR WINTER
http://jillianpransky.com/expanding-into-the-heart-of-winter

PERFECT GENTLE FLOW ROUTINE FOR MELTING WINTER's HEAVINESS
http://www.prevention.com/fitness/yoga/10-minute-gentle-yoga-routine-can-help-you-lose-weight

 

Read More About Restorative

LEARNING TO RECEIVE AND RESTORE: THE BENEFITS OF RESTORATIVE YOGA
http://yogadork.com/2013/01/17/learning-to-receive-and-restore-the-benefits-of-restorative-yoga/