Winter may be long and cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Use these 5 tips stemming from yogic traditions and principles to stay warm both physically and emotionally!
Tapas is one of Patanjali’s Niyamas, a list of moral codes and social contracts that lead his followers towards positive behavior and a happier life. While this niyama is frequently translated as meaning “austerity” or “discipline,” it can also symbolize a sense of fiery discipline or passion. Creating tapas in your life can, in a way, burn away barriers that are keeping you from happiness and peace.
Ways to cultivate tapas in your life:
- Meditate for 10 minutes per day each day
- Challenge yourself to practice yoga each day for a month- maybe longer!
- Create positive mantras for yourself and do away with “self doubt” talk.
2. Layer Up
Between yoga class, running errands, and getting cozy at home, layers are both a fashion statement and a necessity during colder months! We recommend a thick scarf, leggings, and a thick sweater or cardigan. Bonus points if you practice ahimsa (non-harming), by making sure your threads are eco-friendly and ethically made!
3. Tea + Mindfulness
Yoga is much, much more than asana practice! In fact, asana is only one of the eight limbs of yoga! Take a moment to slow down and practice mindfulness by making a cup of your favorite tea. Be sure to make each action deliberate; brewing the water, selecting a tea bag, pouring honey, etc. Then find a cozy spot, sit down, and enjoy!
4. Embrace Your Inner Book Worm
Svadhyaya, another of Patanjali’s Niyamas,involves self study and reflection. Use the winter months as a time for introspection. Head over to your local book store, stock up on books from the yoga section, and get reading! Add a warm blanket for maximum comfort.
5. Go to Hot Yoga
Warm up, literally, by hitting up a hot yoga class. The combination of challenging postures, high heat, and deep relaxation is great for weathering the cold!