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By Madison Raye

As the colder season approaches, it is still very important to get outside and get active. Often times, people stay indoors during the winter but throw on the layers and get out there!  

There are so many ways to be active outside during the winter and it may not believable but yes, Snowga is something to try! It is vital to dress warm with the winter essentials; boots, coats, gloves, scarves and hats. 

Here are some simple snowga poses to try this winter.

THE PLANK

This position is fit to build core muscles, it strengthens the arms, abdomen, glutes and legs. This position is also beneficial to the muscles surrounding the spine and helps improves posture.

  1. Enter a pushup position.
  2. Hold position for desired time.

You can set goals such as holding the position for 30 seconds to a minute.

Maya Auchincloss doing The Plank pose. Photo by Nathaniel Smith.

THE HALF MOON

This pose is meant to strengthen the thighs, ankles, butt and abdomen. It also helps stretch the groin, hamstrings and calves.

Maya Auchincloss doing The Half Moon pose. Photo by Nathaniel Smith.

To do this pose, you’ll want to:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Place your hands together and raise them so your arms point straight up.
  3. Lean your body to the left or right and try to touch the ground.
  4. Raise the opposite leg so you should be standing on one leg – arm on the same side of the body.

THE TREE:

If you want to improve your balance, strengthen your core, and improve postural and body awareness, then Tree Poses I and II are for you. 

TREE POSE I
  1. From standing, bend your right leg and place your foot high on the inside of your upper thigh.
  2. Bring your hands together at the center of your chest.
  3. Hold the pose for three minutes.
TREE POSE II
  1. From Tree Pose I raise arms above your head.
  2. Keeping your arms straight bring apart your arms. 
  3. Hold pose, deep breathes in and out.
  4. When done bring arms, and leg down.

THE WARRIOR:

Warrior pose helps strengthen your shoulders, arms and legs. It can help improve your focus, balance and stability regardless of the season.

  1. Position your body in a lunge stance.
  2. Slowly lower your body into a comfortable position.
  3. Raise your arms, placing one arm in front and one behind.
  4. Hold this pose for three minutes.
  5. Repeat but switching arms and legs.
Maya Auchincloss doing The Warrior pose. Photo by Nathaniel Smith.

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