"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation."
- Paul Theroux
Usually I rush out of winter, desperate to leave the cold behind and ready to welcome more sunshine and running outside.
This year, however, I’ve been thinking about how rushing out of winter doesn’t honor its value – a necessary time of hibernation to slow down and recharge.
I’ve set the intention to spend these last few weeks of winter reflecting on the things I have to be grateful for: the simple pleasures of holding onto a warm cup of tea (with foamed milk thanks to the frother my mother got me for Christmas!), the extended time with family during the holidays, and the motivational force of the start of a brand new year.
This season has been particularly meaningful for me. I gave into slowing down more than usual. I practiced more of the slower styles of yoga and ran less.
As spring approaches, I feel in my body an excited craving for more vinyasa, more running, more dancing-- as if indeed my body has been recharged and is ready to begin anew with more (intentional) doing.
I pause and give thanks to winter for its power to recharge and renew.
I extend this invitation to you: let yourself not rush out of winter.
Take time to pause and reflect: what am I grateful for about this winter?
This weekend, you can join me at Raffa Yoga for special classes focused on intentional transitions:
Yoga Stretch Saturday March 12th at 11am
Vinyasa with Deep Relaxation Sunday March 13th at 5:30pm
May you gently transition into spring.
So grateful for you, Giusita
P.S. The next women’s yoga group will be announced soon, stay tuned...