As the earth cools on its path towards winter, the laments are already rising.  “Winter is so miserable! I hate the cold!”

What’s the best way to deal with this winter? Should you crank up the heater?  Pile on sweaters?  Why not, instead, step onto your yoga mat to rev up your own personal “internal combustion machine”.

Our bodies are clever beyond measure.  They store potential heat in many ways.  In cooler weather, we still can take on that more active yoga practice that we often set aside for the summer months.  Tap into your inner heat by increasing twisting poses such as Reverse Triangle (Parivritta Utthita Parsvakonasana) or take on balancing poses such as Eagle (Garudansana).

To move deeply into these poses, we invite the outside world to drop away – or we fall down.  Never an issue in the safety of a yoga class! These types of poses ask a lot of us.  We are called to capture and hold the whole of us in the moment, breath to breath.  When the mental, emotional and physical bodies unite, heat is generated. The body sweats, the muscles warm and soften, the mind clears.

Nestling ourselves in warmth and comfort as we move into savasana we drop easily into repose.  The internal massage of these poses warms the whole of our being and invites a deep calm as tensions melt away. We are safe, warm and happy to be in our favorite asana – Corpse Pose (Savasana).  Ah, warmth and bliss!

After nearly a decade of debilitating illness, Barbara was introduced to yoga as a potential means of restoration.  Yoga changed not only her body but her life.

Barbara is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and certified by Judith Lasater as a Relax & Renew Teacher/Trainer.  She teaches Multi-Level Yoga on Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8 pm and many of our monthly Bliss restorative workshops.

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