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Yoga for All Seasons: Winter

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | December 31st, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, backbend, body, bow pose, Breath of Fire, circulation, cold weather, colds and flus, corpse pose, Dhanurasana, doshas, energy, Fish Pose, heat, herbs, hibernate, hibernation, humidifier, inversion, kapalabhati breathing, kapha, light therapy, Locust Pose, lymph, Matsyasana, neti post, pranayama, rejuvenate, relax, rest, root vegetables, SAD, Salabhasana, Salamba Sarvangasana, savasana, seasonal, seasons, Shavasana, shoulder stand, soup, spices, Sun Salutation, sunlight, Surya Namaskara, tea, vata, Vitamin D, warm-up, warming, winter yoga, yoga poses

Winter Yoga

It is important that we change with the seasons just as nature does by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. During the winter season, the energy of the Earth and its creatures is drawn inward. We can use this time for restoration and introspection, just as many plants and animals use it for hibernation. In preparation for the spring, it is important to slow down and rejuvenate.

An Ayurvedic approach to winter

There is a rule in Ayurveda that “like attracts like.” That is why the kapha and vata doshas can become provoked and aggravated during the dry, dark, cold months of winter. This is because the climate is alike the qualities of these two doshas. If kapha or vata are triggered, digestive fire plummets, leaving you more susceptible to colds, poor circulation, joint pains and negative emotions. Here are some yoga and lifestyle tips that can help you to balance your doshas this season.

Music to Sweat to: Your Workout Playlist

Teri Ann Krefting by Teri Ann Krefting | February 1st, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: 50 Cent, BoB, Cake, cool-down, Down On Me, ET, exercise, Fitness, Fool in the Rain, Give Me Everything (Tonight), gym, headphones, I Will Survive, intensity, iPod, Jeremih, Jessie J, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Muse, music, Ne-yo, OK Go, pace, pacing, Paul Simon, Pitbull, play list, playlist, Price Tag, rhythm, Santeria, songs, Starlight, Sublime, tempo, This Too Shall Pass, tunes, warm-up, work out, workout

Woman working out listening to musicThe main thing that really fires me up for fitness is a superior song playlist. If I’m planning a long run or a hard workout at the gym, great songs make the time fly by and make workouts much more enjoyable. And music tempo is perfect for pacing yourself — slower songs to warm up and cool down, and pumping rhythms to keep the intensity up in between.

Here are my top 10 workout tunes right now — share yours in the comments section below!

Warm Up with Dynamic Stretching

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | March 5th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Pilates, Yoga | tags: dynamic stretching, fascia, fast twitch muscle, intermediate twitch muscle, joint health, resting length, static stretching, warm-up

Back in my college years, along with practicing Iyengar and Sivananda yoga, I studied dance, including modern, ballet, jazz, African, Butoh and more. The part of class I loved the most was doing the warm-ups. I totally sucked at the combinations and the jumps, so once the warm-ups ended, I often dashed out of class without being noticed. Those first 20 minutes just felt so good! They melted away my stress and chipped through my body frozen from my winter-logged Chicago campus.