Wintertime yoga

Bring flowing movement indoors during the cooler months and start a home yoga practice.

Spending more time indoors over winter need not mean whole months of inactivity. Embrace the quiet environment of home and use it as an opportunity to introduce and build up a home yoga practice.

Inspired by ancient yoga philosophy and focused on teaching it in an accessible way, Power Living Australia Yoga is a big advocate for doing just this. Founder and CEO Duncan Peak shares his tips on how to embrace yoga in the home this winter.

Wellbeing benefits of yoga

The physical practice, asana, is the most well-known aspect of yoga. It is designed to relax, tone and stretch your body. It also unlocks the vibrancy we all have within us, what yogis call prana. However, yoga is much more than a mere physical practice. While physical training has many benefits, it only scratches the surface of what can be gained from practising a complete philosophy of yoga.

Power Living’s yoga is inspired by areas of ancient yoga philosophy but presented in a modern, accessible way. There’s nothing mystical about our yoga, nor unattainable or even complex. It embraces all traditions and teachings with equal respect. It is a simple, holistic practice that develops a greater connection to life.

Home yoga practice

A home yoga practice has lots of benefits and is a great complement to other forms of exercise such as running, cycling or surfing, or a studio practice. Setting up a regular routine will enable you to commit to an ongoing, dedicated practice and if you’ve not done yoga before, it will allow you to get familiar with the sequences and start to understand your body. You can build confidence and progress comfortably at your own pace.

Here are a few tips to ensure success:

  • Try to set up a regular routine Practice at the same time or days of the week to get into the flow.
  • Give yourself plenty of space Spread out, set your mat up and have all of your props at hand.
  • Make sure you allow enough time Relax knowing that you can complete the class and that you won’t be interrupted so you can really enjoy the full experience.
  • Don’t eat just before your class You should have at least 2-3 hours break after food before practicing. If you are doing a morning class, it is best to do it on an empty stomach.
  • Follow a class online Teachers can guide you through the basic alignment of the key postures. It’s important to follow the cues and understand how each pose works so as not to cause injury. You can watch yoga classes from the comfort of your own home at Power Living’s Online Yoga. The site includes ‘Yoga Tips’ and ‘Basics’ classes so you can get to grips with the foundations of yoga before moving on to some of the more advanced classes.
  • Mix it up Try out a range of styles or classes to keep it fresh and inspiring.
  • Remember to have fun It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it all at first. Keep practicing and the more you do, the more familiar you’ll become.

As we head into winter it’s great to keep the fire from summer alive with your yoga practice. Power Vinyasa is a dynamic style of yoga which uses flowing movement that will help keep you warm.

Stretch out and soothe your mind with this simple 7 minute yoga routine.

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