Snow-ga Time!

Today’s snowstorm caused much of DC to shut down. No need to despair: we can still do yoga!

Bundle up well.

Go outside.

Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Allow the falling snow to create the white peak atop your head.

Do 3 rounds of kapalabhati, 25 counts each, to stoke the fire within.

Keep your inner fire burning with ujjayi breath.

Now we’ll do snowangelasana:

Lie on your back in the snow with your arms alongside your body and legs together.

Inhale move your arms out to the sides and alongside your ears until your hands meet.

Exhale move your arms out to the sides and alongside your body.

Now we’ll incorporate the legs with the arms: Inhale spread the legs out to the sides while moving your arms out to the sides and alongside your ears.

Exhale bring your legs back together as you move your arms out to the sides and alongside your body.

Repeat up to 11 more times. Or 107 more times.

Snowy savasana: cease the ujjayi breath and resume calm breathing. Turn your palms facing up. Let your feet fall away from each other. As you release the tension from your body, let go of any thoughts and observe any emotions and sensations that arise without attachment, allow yourself to just be at one with nature.

Once you perceive that the snow has sufficiently blanketed you, wiggle the fingers and toes. Slowly spread the movement through your body. Bend your knees and roll onto your right side. Gradually roll up sideways to sitting.

Take a moment to observe the effects of today’s snow-ga practice.

Namasté.

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