Winter is a time to enjoy the more snuggly and warm things in life.
It’s an opportunity to get out the gorgeous soft blankets and surround yourself with the beautiful warm light of candles in your home to create a cosy, warm and nurturing environment. It is a time when our area of the globe receives fewer hours of light and this can and often does have a big impact on how we feel.
Many people comment on feeling a little depressed or may struggle to feel enthused about life. For myself I often enjoy the oncoming winter months as the light draws in. I look forward to cocooning into my nest at home and creating a warm and cosy space and making time to rest and rejuvenate although as time progresses particularly January and February I do introduce herbal support, rejuvenating Yoga practice and getting out into what light there is as often as possible to keep my body, mind and emotions in balance.
In my Dru Yoga classes the key focus is on rest and rejuvenation. We spend lots of time breathing into stretches and have extra-long relaxations which benefit and nourish your whole body and mind.
It serves us, what thinking have we outgrown and if we are ready to change this particular way of thinking and being. As women we can tend to worry a lot. Is it time to let go of some of those worries, just one at a time and see what transpires instead?
Winter is a great time to reflect on all that we time practising movements which balance the emotions.
Autumn is a great time to recognise what no longer have achieved in the year. As we make time to go inward and notice the beauty in the stillness you may notice life becomes a little less hectic, our relationships are enhanced as we have more energy to show love and care for those we love around us and equally as important we have energy for ourselves.
Within Taoist philosophy the yang energy of summer is warm, dry, extroverted, fast, and male which is suited to more energetic activity. However, the yin energy of winter which is cool, wet, slow, quiet, female is very different and is more suited more to storing and conserving energy.
So my recommendation to you is to sit quietly and think what will nourish and nurture you over the coming months?
How will you ensure you are making the most of the light throughout the day?
It could be that you incorporate a short walk (20 minutes is the recommendation) to ensure you are exposing yourself to light.
Maybe taking up a relaxation practice, yoga or meditation can assist you to tune into the stillness of winter.
Buy candles and surround yourself with the warmth and light of a gentle flame.
The first step is recognising what nourishes you and prioritise to experience it.
Soul Harmony Yoga
Debs is running a Winter Wellbeing Workshop at the Sanctuary of Healing, Langho Centre, Dewhurst Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8AF on the 7th December 2013.
See her website for more details or contact on 07877478333.