The yoga principles that you apply on the yoga mat can be applied off it too, even while doing simple routine tasks (see housework yoga). Ever thought you could do yoga in heavy snow? While exercising the body and flexing your muscles as you shovel off snow from your driveway, you can also enjoy a yogic experience. Let’s see how.
Note: You will need some specialized equipment to proceed with snow yoga – a shovel, possibly an ice chopper and a bucket of salt. Layers of clothing will depend on the weather condition being cold, chilly, or freezing cold.
Here are some simple tasks that are a must-do during snow time and where you can find opportunity to apply yoga principles:
So as we see, with a little awareness on the body movement and the breath pattern as you clear out the snow, this routine task can become a yogic experience. Inhale as you push the shovel into the snow and exhale when throwing the snow away from the clearing area. Also, make sure you equally use both parts of the body in all the movements. Do not exert one part more than the other. And most importantly, stay comfortable throughout the process.
At the end of the snow yoga session, it is recommended to lie down horizontally on a couch or on the floor (as you feel comfortable) in Yoga Nidra. and take a few moments of deep rest. You can also relax in a warm tub after some more strenuous sessions.
Warning: Lying down outside the house in a snow bank is contra-indicated.
Also, if you do not have a property that needs clearing, you may join a neighbor doing snow yoga. These yoga sessions are commonly held throughout the snow season. To enjoy snow yoga 100 percent, keep a smile on your face throughout the act and see the difference!
By Bob Williams from Canada