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Monday, 27 November 2017 20:39

Is this the time to begin a yoga practice?

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Nearing December, we are beginning to feel the impending reality of the winter. Those shorter and darker days that draw us into ourselves and the retreat of the Sun in the Sky.

You might think it’s a terrible idea to begin practicing yoga at this time of year - that you want to stay in your home, wrap up warm with your loved ones, human or animal. 

Or maybe it’s the perfect time? Each Sun salutation calls back and relights the Sun at this time of year. The Ujjayi pranayama reminds you that you can heat yourself from within as you move through the asanas.

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Illness and Stress

Unfortunately, many of us may fall ill at this time of year, as cold and flu viruses make the rounds and we get used to the lower temperatures. A yoga practice is a great way to prepare for the harsher points of winter. You’re giving your immune system a boost, improving your circulation and generally giving your body the love and attention it needs. 

Your yoga practice is unique to you and will help with the more testing times of the winter. We all know that the winter can be a time of increased stress and fatigue, even if you don’t happen to catch a cold. The pressures of the Christmas period can be well balanced through a yoga practice which reconnects you to yourself despite any craziness around you. 

You are planning ahead, preparing/cultivating yourself for the springtime and the summer - where you will enjoy the fruits of a practice that you have started now, way back in November and December. 

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Mythologically calling the Sun back from the Underworld has always been part of life - it is no different with yoga in 2017. The Ancient Egyptians, the Mayans and the Celts all invested time and energy into some practice which connects them to the journey - departure and return - of the Sun. 

With this practice, we set our feet on the mat and we learn about the journey of the Sun of our Soul. The breath, bandhas (energy locks), the asanas (postures) and the whole system of Ashtanga Vinyasa are luminaries guiding us to our Sun that never fades, our Sun Soul. 

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Practicing Yoga Together  

Transformation of the Sun inside our Soul is what can make the difference between a winter that we stumble out of maybe a little older or a winter where we stoke the inner fire and go into the new year with a clear intention that 2018 is the year!

And we get to do this as a community, coming together, breathing and transforming as one.


Written by Richy Batten. Edited by Lena Younes.

Read 905 times Last modified on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:33