Winter is no longer the season for hiding and getting fat. With Snowga (snow yoga), you can keep your body fit and your mind healthy. Performing asana poses in the open snowy fields before skiing or snowboarding also keeps your body warmer and muscles toned. You are more prepared than ever to conquer fun winter adventures.

What is Snowga?

Log in to your Instagram or Facebook and you will see many pictures of yogis holding asanas in the great winter outdoors. What you are seeing are Snowga poses. Essentially, Snowga is the practice of yoga poses in a winter environment. This yoga variation is applicable during winter when the temperature is freezing but the landscapes are distinctly beautiful.

Why perform Snowga?

Winter is known to elicit seasonal affective disorder (SAD) due to the proliferation of positive ions in the atmosphere. Positive ions alter your mood and make you feel sad without a direct cause. The extremely cold temperature also makes you eat more and gain more fat. But you can put winter to good use.

Snowga is an innovative fitness solution that helps you fight sadness and reduce unwanted winter fat.
As you stay outdoors, you get your daily dose of Vitamin D naturally. Vitamin D strengthens bones and improves mood. If you perform Snowga in groups, then you also reap the positive effects of socialization.

Most importantly, winter brings forth a different kind of peace that frees your mind from stresses and worries. Yoga is a holistic exercise, to begin with. It facilitates a mind-body-and-soul connection. Performing yoga in a winter wonderland is both physically and mentally relaxing.

What are the examples of Snowga poses?

Technically speaking, you can perform all yoga poses out in the snow. But sometimes, your area may impose limitations due to safety concerns. For example, doing a headstand on a snowy, uneven field can tip your balance and cause injuries.

However, if you have a patio at home, then you are free to perform any yoga poses. You don’t necessarily have to do Snowga in the middle of an ice-cold surface.

Safer yoga poses include Warrior Pose, Half Moon Pose, and Crescent Lunge. You can perform lying poses, too, if you’re keen to bring a mat. Also, your choice of Snowga poses is largely dependent on your goal. If you’re preparing for intense skiing, then you are better off performing complex poses at a faster pace.

Is Snowga safe for kids?

Snowga is safe for kids. For added protection, make sure that the terrain is level. Do not attempt to do yoga on mountain slopes and sliding surfaces. Also, wear appropriate winter clothes to protect you and your kids from the cold weather, especially when you intend to exercise for 30 minutes or more. Wear thermals, gloves, bonnets, and well-cushioned pants.

You can bring mats and blocks, too. Lastly, when doing Snowga with kids, be selective with your asanas. Go for the easy ones, as your kid may not be able to perform twists and bends, much less hold them for a minute.

Don’t let winter stop you from achieving your fitness goals. Use the cold and quiet months to meditate and master your flow.

Emma Pyke
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