The yoga principles that you apply on the yoga mat can be applied off it too, even while doing simple routine tasks (see housework yoga). Ever thought you could do yoga in heavy snow? While exercising the body and flexing your muscles as you shovel off snow from your driveway, you can also enjoy a yogic experience. Let’s see how.
Note: You will need some specialized equipment to proceed with snow yoga – a shovel, possibly an ice chopper and a bucket of salt. Layers of clothing will depend on the weather condition being cold, chilly, or freezing cold.
Here are some simple tasks that are a must-do during snow time and where you can find opportunity to apply yoga principles:
- The Plow Pose: Place the shovel in front of the body on the ground and keep walking forward until the load becomes too heavy to push.
Yoga principle: This act flexes the muscles as the pressure increases on them. However, ensure that you only push as far as you comfortably can. Do not exert or strain yourself. The whole idea of yoga is to remain stable and comfortable in any pose.
- The Scooper Pose: Shovel one scoop at a time and throw it in a logical direction away from your sidewalk or driveway. This routine task-to-do during snow time can serve a dual purpose: clearing out snow while exercising the upper part of the body.
Yoga principle: Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed, be aware of the breath.
- The Sweep Pose: Now that the heavy snow is cleared out, it’s time to get rid of the light fluffy snow scattered around. Use the shovel to make erratic sweeping motions in every direction.
Yoga principle: As you do this, keep your attention on the hand movement and the breath, observe the muscles stretch – be totally aware of what you are doing.