Self care is something that we need to learn to value. This time of the year can often get overwhelming with sports, the changing of the seasons, holidays and all of the other many things that we need to accomplish daily. It is important to take the time to honour your body, and your mind. Take this time to treat yourself, you deserve it.
Winter is the perfect time to practice your favourite hobby: yoga. Let’s get real, is there anything better than spending 75 minutes moving and breathing in a gently heated room while it’s freezing outside? Our yoga classes also involve a lot of meditation before, during and after the class, so you will always return home feeling completely relaxed.
We like to compensate for the darkness outside by lighting scented candles inside our homes. They look so relaxing, warm and shiny that it helps us forget that the sun sets during lunch these days. Our favourites are earthy, soy candles that burn clean, and without chemicals. *Incense is also a great alternative!
With holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, fall/winter feel like the perfect seasons to express some more gratitude. It’s as easy as writing down three things you’re grateful for each evening before bedtime.
Further journaling is the perfect way to allow your thoughts to flow freely, with no interruptions (shout out to all of the beautiful mom's who deal with everyone else's thoughts as well as their own... you need this, trust us).
There’s nothing more relaxing than going to a spa, spending the afternoon in different saunas, playing around in a hot tub and ending the day with a nice and long massage. And the winter holidays are the perfect time to do so. BUT this all costs a lot of dough, so try to bringing some wellness into your home, by diffusing essential oils, drawing a bubble bath or using massage balls to roll out tension in your back, neck and shoulders.*Psst we sell massage balls at Yogadown ;)
Spending Time Outdoors
Even though it’s cold out, we should all really try to spend enough time outside during winter. This can include going shopping or going for a walk in a nearby park or forest before the sun sets. During the work week this is a lot harder, by the time most of us leave work, it’s already dark outside. However, on warmer nights it's pretty easy to fall in love with walking through the Christmas markets, or a neighbourhood path blanketed thick with fluffy snow. Maybe you could jump in and make a snow angel?
Meditation is always a big part any self-care routine, winter is no exception. The lack of sunlight can really bring on negative thoughts for some, so some extra meditation is really needed during winter. We prefer guided meditation, there are some great videos on YouTube ranging from five minutes up to two hours, and we also offer a Move & Meditate class where different types of meditation are highlighted, check our schedule for more info on when we offer this class!
This article was adapted from: http://lavenderlife.co/winter-self-care/
Get ready to play, take flight and feel weightless! Aerial Yoga is a light hearted practice that will leave you hanging (in a good way!) and coming back for more.
Learn how to use the hammock as a prop and enjoy postures where you float suspended in space. The hammock, also known as a "silk" will be used as a unique tool in creating stabilization for standing poses, assisting in deeper stretching and allowing you to access easier inversions.
In addition to offering the same benefits as a regular yoga practice, here are a few more perks of Aerial Yoga:
- Decompression and Alignment of the Spine
- Core Strengthening and Improved Balance
- Upper body Strengthening
- Improves body and spacial awareness
- Increased blood circulation
- Flushes lymphatic system and moves stagnant blood
- Helps ease stress & anxiety
At the end of class you will have the option to do savasana (corpse pose) either in your hammock or on your mat. The aerial hammock has been referred to as womb-like during savasana, leaving you with a feeling of safety, comfort, and peace.
Yoga Nidra has been a favourite at the studio for quite some time now, however, there are so many facets of yoga Nidra that you won't ever get to explore in a 45 minute workshop. There are many layers to explore, and ways to enhance your regular Nidra practice, we just HAD to put them all together for people to experience as a series. YOU HEARD IT, we are bringing you a Yoga Nidra series with the goddess of Nidra herself, Melanie Larson.
Step away from your busy life and find refuge as you practice yoga Nidra each week in addition to learning more about why Yoga Nidra is so darn magical. You may enter this series as a novice meditator or a seasoned pro, but you will certainly leave feeling confident in your practice, having learned skills to take you through many Nidra's to come.
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