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Yoga in the Snow

Warm your spirit this winter by taking your yoga practice outdoors.

Photo Credit: Donna Grethen

Maintaining a regular yoga or meditation practice can go a long way toward battling the winter blahs.But if you keep your yoga routine inside, you’re missing an opportunity to reconnect with nature—and, some might say, your true self.Instead, incorporate your practice into outdoor winter activities and defrost your icy outlook on the season.“The more time we spend indoors, the more we get cut off from our true nature,” says Andrew Criswell, a yoga instructor in Canadian Lakes, Michigan, who leads classes that mix yoga with cross-country skiing. “Subconsciously, in our deepest selves, we feel lost and lonely and sad when we’re not out in nature. It’s so important to find some activity that gets you outside.”Die-hard outdoor yoga enthusiasts can get creative with their wintertime practice. Katie O’Connell, owner of Dragonfly Yoga Barn in North Sandwich, New Hampshire, created a retreat that blends yoga and snowshoeing. Though the activities are typically done separately, O’Connell says her clients do sometimes practice “snow-ga” while trekking.“Tree pose or warrior pose with snow pants is just fine,” she …

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