Winter is a time for relaxing, restoring and recharging your batteries. The kidneys and bladder are the organs associated with the season of winter according to traditional Chinese medicine and the kidneys can be thought of as our own battery pack. We need to ensure they are recharged to support us through the year.
It is a time for reflecting – contemplating what continues to serve us and what no longer serves us. But this is not a time for taking drastic action or making radical changes. It is a time to reflect and contemplate, building a bigger picture so that we can start planting seedlings in spring that we can nurture and grow.
Water is the element associated with winter. It reminds us to go with the flow or to be still and reflect. When the kidneys are out of balance we tend to feel fear – the adrenal glands are paired with the kidneys and are involved in our ‘fight or flight’ stress response so if you are feeling a bit stressed or fearful practice some gentle flowing yoga or find stillness in meditation to calm the body and mind.
With the start of a new year many people choose this time of year to go on a diet but this is the time when the body is seeking warming hearty meals such as soups and stews. That doesn’t mean you have an excuse to be unhealthy at this time of year! Fill up on healthy vegetable with warming spices – curried parsnip soup or cumin spiced roasted root vegetable. Check out @seasonaleats for some weekly inspiration.
Winter Recipe: Spice Roasted Winter Vegetables
- Sweet potato
- 2 cloves garlic – peeled
- 1tsp cumin seeds
- Olive oil
Wash & peel the vegetables & cut into large chunks/wedges. Combine in an ovenproof dish with the garlic and cumin seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven (180C) for 30-40 mins or until the vegetables are tender.
Watery Winter Moon Flow
This lovely practice is great for easing out tension and gently moving the body. Moving between child’s pose, upward dog & downward dog. Flowing through the spine, closing your eyes and taking your attention inwards. Listen to what your body is asking you for, spending a few breaths in one particular posture, perhaps swaying the hips from side to side in updog or down dog. Keep the focus on the watery, fluidity of the movement.
Child’s Pose – Up Dog – Down Dog – Up Dog – Child’s Pose
There are still some spaces left at my Mini Retreat this Sunday (14th January) at Prana Yoga Hamilton. Give yourself some time and space to relax and recharge.
I’m also starting a monthly meditation workshop which kicks off on 11th February. This monthly workshop is suitable for beginners and those with a regular meditation practice. It will offer a supportive space to learn more about meditation, develop a regular practice and dive deeper