Thaw Your Body, Mind and Soul With a Winterized Yoga Practice

January 20, 2015 8:19 PM

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Thaw Your Body, Mind and Soul With a Winterized Yoga Practice

It's that time of year again: The twinkling lights of the holiday season have been extinguished, and cold, snowy days and dark, icy nights stretch out ahead of us. This used to be a challenging few months for me, as my body and mind would absorb the qualities inherent in winter: hardness, density, and dullness. I could feel myself longing for the fluidity, flexibility, and positivity that arrive with the warm, sunny summer.

Yoga teaches that we are made up of the five elements -- earth, water, fire, air, and space -- and that the practices of asana (postures), pranayama (breath techniques), and dhyana (meditation) can be used to thaw a frozen body, create space in a narrow mind, and bring light to a darkened heart. Thi...

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