Winter Solstice Yoga Flow — Northern Hemisphere December 2017
Cuddle up with family or friends, around a warm fire, or the simple flame of a candle. Celebrate the Earth’s longest stretch of darkness this year with these simple, gentle poses. Allow yourself in your yoga practice to fold forward, comforting and nurturing yourself, embracing yourself in a big warm self-compassionate hug.
Bring a cosy blanket so that at the end of this sequence you can wrap up in your savasana ‘rest’ to contain the warmth and stretch.
For my ladies on the other side of the world, check out the Summer Solstice yoga flow!
- Sit in the centre of your mat with the soles of your feet together. Use your outer thighs to draw your knees down towards the mat for Bound Angle.
- Slide your feet as far away as you can while keeping the soles of your feet together. Allow your spine to round and bring your head towards your feet. Seated Star Pose.
- Lengthen both legs out in front of you with feet flexed. Hinge forward from your hips to bring your chest towards your thighs. Seated Forward Fold.
- Sit up tall and slowly roll down onto your back. Bend your knees and place your feet on the mat hip-width apart. Elevate your hips, followed by your spine one vertebrae at a time until you are resting on your shoulders and upper back. Rest your arms by your sides. Bridge.
- Lower your spine one vertebrae at a time, followed by your hips. Curl through your spine to bring your toes to the floor above your head. Plough.
- Slowly lower your spine to the mat one vertebrae at a time and extend both legs along the mat. Bend your elbows and rest your arms on either side of your head. Draw your right knee up and over your left leg, resting your foot on the mat. Turn your gaze towards your right shoulder. Supine Twist.
- Turn your gaze forwards. Press your right hip into the mat to unravel your torso. Draw your left knee up and over your right leg, resting your foot on the mat. Turn your gaze towards your left shoulder. Supine Twist.
- Turn your gaze forwards. Press your left hip into the mat to unravel your torso. Draw your knees into your chest before separating them outwards and placing your hands on the outsides edges of your feet. Happy Baby.
- Lower your legs and extend them along the mat. Turn your palms upwards, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Corpse (Savasana).
Spend at least 2-3 minutes in each pose to really allow the body to release and go into a deeper stretch. Don’t get too concerned about how deep you can go, but rather, how you can hold the pose with your breathing even and steady.
Once you’ve finished your winter solstice flow, you might like to think about what you want to accomplish before the summer solstice!
Love and light,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.