By Tasha Friedman

Snow days aren’t only fun for kids! When the land outside becomes a frosty winter wonderland, we yogis and yoginis can enjoy a well-deserved break from the outside world.

Not sure what to do with your time? Here’s a homemade, tried-and-true recipe for a delightful yogi snow day.

YOGI SNOW DAY INGREDIENTS:

Meditation (1 hour, 2x/day)

There’s nothing sweeter than dissolving in the joy of the present moment amidst the peace and stillness of a snowy day or (even better) a snowy evening. Try to sit so quietly that you can hear the snowflakes fall, as in this poem from the Zen master Hakuin:

“If only you could hear

the sound of snow

falling late at night

from the trees

of the old temple

in Shinoda!”

Yoga (1.5-3 hours)

Stoke the inner fire with sun salutations and asanas for manipura chakra. With enough practice, you can toast vegan marshmallows over your own navel! (Maybe.)

Or, practice some restorative poses and deep forward bends to stay with the gentle, inward-turning mood of the day.

Spiritual books (1 or 2, best savored next to a fire)

Whether it’s a classic like Autobiography of a Yogi, a heart-opening collection of Rumi poems, or an inspirational sacred text like Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, no yogi snow day is complete without a good read.

Sacred music (at least 1 hour)

Snowy days at Longeval will usually find our karma yogis serenading each other with bhajans, mantras, and devotional songs. A quiet day is a perfect opportunity to find your voice.

If you’re not so musically inclined, you can still raise your vibrations with recordings of Deva Premal, Russill Paul, the otherworldly medieval compositions of Hildegard von Bingen, or any music with a sacred tremor.

Golden milk (1 cup)

This warming Ayurvedic drink gives a boost to your metabolism and immune system, especially if enjoyed right before bed.

Make it by warming milk or a vegan substitute, and add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne (optional). Sweeten with maple syrup or honey.

Silence

Snowy days don’t just seem quieter, they actually are quieter. Snow acts as a dampener, absorbing sound vibrations and literally laying a blanket of silence over the world.

Enjoy this precious time by taking a day of mauna (noble silence), turning off your mobile phone or simply going outside to listen to nothing.

Combine, mix well, and spice to taste.

Tasha is a Hridaya Yoga teacher. You can read more of her posts here.

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