Slippery sidewalks, days and nights spent inside, and constant daydreaming about the summer paddling season too often define the cold winter months. As this pattern repeats itself, tension begins to build in the body and mind. A regular yoga practice can help melt away any physical stress and bring the mind back to the present from its almost magnetic attraction to the paddling season.
Combining pranayama (control of the breath) with a series of asanas (postures or positions of the body) lays the foundation of all yoga practice. Yoga offers the practitioner more than just a stretch; it is a journey of self-discovery. Asanas have been used to enable practitioners to sit in meditation for extended periods of time. A regular yoga practice is a powerful tool for anyone, but especially paddlers during the off season. The same feeling of presence and awareness that is produced when we are paddling on a misty body of water at dawn can be achieved, with practice, from a quiet space in our home during the winter months.
Below are a series of asanas that target areas of the body that often hold stress and tension during the winter months. The series also focuses on building core strength which is important for long days on the water.