After years of sweating it out with hot yoga, the newest craze finds itself at the other end of the barometer. Snow yoga, or “snowga,” takes traditional poses outside in snowy landscapes with locations chosen to accompany other winter sports like skiing and snow shoeing. Poses must often accommodate athlete gear like heavy boots, and, surprisingly, many will find that winter sport accessories make yoga more accessible. Heavy snowshoes may help stabilize those who are less limber backbend into a successful camel pose, while a ski pole may help steady those lunging into a Warrior Two position. And while snow yoga may be a welcome introduction to those who are new to the practice, it is also a new frontier for advanced yogis looking to test their skills by holding poses with more equipment, balancing on uneven surfaces, all while braving below freezing temperatures.
As the New York Times reports, several resorts in Montana, Vermont and New York are offering packages where customers ski out to their destination, do 30 minutes or so of yoga and then head back. Windham Mountain Resort spokesperson, Beth Stewart, said they were inspired to include snow yoga packages after their snowshoe guides reported guests were spontaneously striking yoga poses, “a grown-up version of making snow angels,” she said.
Will you be joining in the frozen yoga fun? If you do, be sure to snap a photo and share your image on Instagram using the new hashtag #snowga and #anyyogi so we can follow along!Share this post: