# 91 – Celebrate Winter and the Holiday Season with Yoga

# 91 – Celebrate Winter and the Holiday Season with Yoga

Celebrate Winter in the Kootenay Lake Area

The longest night of the year just passed, and the days are only getting brighter. With these dark, starlit nights upon us, the season of light is here  — time to celebrate winter! Getting outdoors is certainly one way to celebrate winter. Starting or continuing a yoga practice is another way you can do this.

Walking labyrinths is another. Nelson and Kaslo both have labyrinths that are easily accessible. What a great way to slow down during this especially hectic season.

Some grounding time at Bambu Hot Yoga, in Nelson, BC.

Some grounding time at Bambu Hot Yoga, in Nelson, BC.

Spiritual Practice — 108 Sun Salutations & Counting

There are several spiritual practices helping you integrate the change in seasons, the longest night of the year and the coming winter. Perhaps closest to our hearts are those who are celebrating the tradition of 108 Sun Salutations, a form of moving prayer. To learn more about the spiritual significance of the number 108, read this great article in Yoga Journal. The Kootenay Lake area is an especially lovely place to practice yoga, as last year’s inaugural Kootenay Spirit Festival proved. This year’s festival is happening September 18 – 20 2015 — we’re so happy it’s about to become an annual event. Hope to see you there!

Yoga and massage — Wildwoods Yoga, at  557 Ward Street is holding classes throughout the holiday season, with short breaks on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Wildwoods also has sauna and massage so that you can really deepen your inner quiet and practice good self care. Take a moment to check out their holiday schedule and make time for yoga during your next visit to Nelson Kootenay Lake (http://wildwoodswellness.com/yoga/schedule/).

Bambu Hot Yoga and Shanti Yoga on Baker Street, offer a full schedules of yoga classes during the holiday season as well. In their new facilities you’ll feel replenished and renewed as you practice the moving meditation that is yoga.

Labyrinth Walk — Lighthouse Beach Labyrinth, Kaslo and the Labyrinth at Lakeside Park in Nelson are both lovely places to walk in silence and practice cultivating an inner calm during this season. Take some time away from the busyness and create a calming ritual in your day by practicing a walking meditation on one of our labyrinths.

Acupuncture and Massage — Nelson and the Kootenay Lake area has several wonderful acupuncture, shiatsu and massage practitioners. Get Well, Stay Well offers massage, acupuncture as well as gentle stretching for pain relief and general wellness. Our own Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences offers student sessions in most areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mountain Waters Spa & Wellness offers a variety of treatments to soothe the body and spirit.

Come to Nelson Kootenay Lake to Restore the Wonder in the Holiday Season

The rushing busyness of winter season is upon us! Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to visit our Nelson Kootenay Lake communities and bring back the calm. Revel in the starry night skies, breathe in the fresh winter air, and walk away your stress in our labyrinths. Take a look through our accommodations listings and find a lovely place to stay. What a great way to honour the season of light, and welcome the lengthening days to come.

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