During the cold and dark winter months, the lack of sunshine often leaves us feeling mentally and physically drained. Sometimes even getting out of bed can be a struggle and might make you want to roll back over and retreat under a warm blanket. Read on for some great advice thanks to our partnership with Redfin|Blog.

YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME: 

Cultivate Your Calm &

Ease the Winter Blues

Yoga London had the opportunity to partake in Redfin's Blog on how to combat winter blues with yoga at home. We have included parts of that blog below. For the full article and great tips check out the Redfin|Blog.


Although it may be getting darker outside sooner, and colder than we may like, Redfin|Blog and partnering yoga studios have brilliant tidbits to help you through these winter blues: Physical activity helps release mood-boosting endorphins while taking your mind off of your day-to-day stresses. So if you struggle to maintain energy and keep your mood positive in the winter, incorporating yoga practice at home may be just what you need. We’ve asked experts to share their best tips for incorporating yoga practice at home. Try integrating these suggestions into your routine and bring the sunshine back into your life.


START SMALL

Starting a yoga routine can feel overwhelming. Make sure to start small! Begin with just five minutes a day of long deep breathing and gentle postures that wake up the body. A few of our favorites are cat/cow, child’s pose, and spinal balance. Right away you will feel more grounded and connected. – Lora Brandt, The Yoga Casa

DON'T GET STUCK ON THE IDEA OF PERFECTION

If you’re an “A” kind of student, I want to ask you to try something radical and shoot for a solid, “C.” When starting yoga practice at home, it’s easy to get stuck on the idea of perfection. If we don’t have enough time (or the right music, mat, clothes, etc.) it’s easy to toss our practice out of the window by thinking, “Well, if I can’t do the full hour, I might as well not start.” Au contraire my friends. Think small. Start with a five-minute daily practice. You’d be amazed at the transformation that can emerge from small, daily acts of self-care. – Rachel Yoga

MAKE IT FUN & INCLUDE THE KIDS

Kids have cabin fever? Yoga-fy your family’s favorite games for some active, mindful fun! Simon Says becomes Yogi Says as you try different poses. Do a Yoga Freeze Dance by dancing to upbeat music and when you pause it, the family freezes in a yoga pose. Write yoga poses on Jenga blocks and when you pull out a block, the family does the pose. Beat the winter blues with yoga moves! – Kidding Around Yoga

GROW YOUR PRACTICE ORGANICALLY

Yoga is for everyone, not just the flexible as there is so much more to yoga than just reaching for your toes. Yoga benefits both body and mind whether you are in bed, on the couch, or in your zen den, you can do yoga from anywhere. Start small with a couple deep breaths to calm the mind followed by one or two poses (such as folding forward, hinging at the hips, or cat/cow movement in the spine – tucking your tailbone and rounding your spine). Let your practice grow organically and listen to what your body needs whether that’s movement, meditation, or breathwork. – Yoga London

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE CLASSES

Your home can be a safe, welcoming place to practice yoga. Set yourself up for success by finding an established studio with experienced teachers who offer a variety of online classes. You don’t have to have any experience – just be open to taking deep breaths, learning something new, and doing something healthy that’s just for you. – Uptown Yoga

PREP YOUR SPACE BEFOREHAND

How does one start a practice as a beginner? Set up your mat before you go to sleep, or before you leave to go to work. Prepare the space, so you can step into it, as you would with a shower in the morning or a bath before bed. This practice allows you to focus on the present while winding down to relax and connect to your body’s needs. Join the On-Demand Classes of Buddha Body Yoga to start your daily practice. – Buddha Body Yoga


This winter, do whatever you need to do to keep your body moving. Even if it starts with only a few minutes a day, that's okay. You have to start somewhere. And when you're ready to switch up that 'at home' practice, we have plenty of great classes on the schedule! Check them out: Yoga London Classes

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