9 Reasons to Yoga in the Winter

9 Reasons to Yoga in the Winter
Ok, here is the shortlist. 
Increase Your Energy 
Help You Get Better Sleep
Reduce Your Stress 
Helps You Recover
Support Your Immune System
Improve Your Balance
Improves Blood Circulation 
Reduce Your Stress 
It keeps You Feeling Ageless


As much as I like all of the above, I have to live with myself in the present moment and the present moment is all about thoughts that create feelings, so thoughts about how wonderful my body functions after an asana class leaves me feeling ageless and that ageless feeling are where I want to be. 

ALWAYS

Your thoughts determine your feelings, which determine the actions you take or don't take in your life, creating desired or undesirable results. At 45 years old, my daily dose of yoga is essential for middle life. It's like a daily tune-up for mind and body. 

I have a gift for you if you'd like to optimize your lifestyle this year too. 

Suppose you subscribe to my Friday love letter, the Inbox Exhale. In that case, I send you an under 30-minute dose of seasonal self-care, a recorded yoga class inspired by traditional Chinese medicine themed by the current month and season, with access to the Inbox Exhale members section of this site that keeps all those classes stored for you in a library, if you like. 

Yoga is just part of my recipe for Longevity; movement and breath practices are essential, but so is sleep, sunlight, hydration, nutrition, strength training, supplementation, and recovery. This is why I've decided to focus all month long on Winter Recovery to cover all of these pillars in a simplified way so it can become your second nature, your lifestyle. 

If your eyes are reading this, I'm glad you're here. Please reach out to me; I would love to get to know you.

P.S. If you're into seasonal self-care, you need my favorite Katonah Yoga manual, Yoga as Origami



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Before the Winter Fast

Before the Winter Fast
It's the last Friday before the winter fast, or more specifically, the Nativity Fast. 

What does this mean for me?
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If I Were A

IF I WERE FOOD
It's been an icy couple of days in Dallas, with schools and businesses closed; what's one to do except sleep late, eat late, and scroll too much? Well, that's what happened over here for me, and I'm glad I did. I found a happy trend on Instagram I decided to hop on, adding text and images to an Instagram reel showing what you would be if you were a food, a place, an animal, a room, a song. Not to be confused with what you like or wish but who you are in that form. 

If you want to see what I think of myself, lol... CLICK THE BUTTON

If you decide to try this trend for yourself, please tag me; I must see you in your room and song shape!

On the resting... I took a quote away from one of my yoga classes the other day; it goes like this. "The better you embody the season that you're in, the more richness you will get from the season that follows" Let that sink into your mind and body for a minute; how does that ring true for you?

We're slowly making our way out of winter, the old man is not gone just yet, and there is still more for us to savor on our way to Spring, so enjoy your long walks, deep breaths, long restorative postures, rounded plow, and reclining queen for a little longer!

- Jessica




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What Does It Mean To Love Yourself


How do you show yourselves, love? I know it's February, and it seems to be the theme of the hour, but I'm asking for today and every day. 

I was working on a project earlier this afternoon, and when I couldn't seem to dial in my focus to finish up, I spoke out loud to myself in a way I'd never talk to anyone, even someone I didn't like now I might think it, but I would never say it)

It caught me off guard for a moment. I thought to myself, geez, why would you speak to yourself like that. You're doing the best you can with the day, energy, and focus you have to give. You always preach from the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks; how do you think about yourself. 

Ugh. 

Personal growth is challenging; there's a lot of that this time of year. Winter is when we cultivate the soil of our soul, but we will never get to Spring without one. 

The Breath of Seasons

Inhale
The breath rises like Spring
Pause
The fullness of Summer
Exhale 
The breath descends like Autumn
Pause
The emptiness of Winter

In taking that to heart, I put together a Self Love Club for us daily prompts for 14 days to help us remember that we deserve the same love and kindness we show others.


You can jump in anytime; I hope you will. 

- Jessica

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Winter Pause




Can I share my heart? I'm not too fond of January or February and only tolerate March. Winter is melancholy, sparse, unexciting, and it requires the kind of personal growth by first nature I'd instead not do. But one thing my second nature has come to accept is that we don't get to spring without one. In the slower colder months of the year, I purposefully take inventory of my mental, physical and financial well-being. I ditch what isn't working and get honest about where I stand. 

On the physical and mental side, cardio and strength training help me in the winter. The accessible 10 and 20 minutes classes on the Peloton app have helped me with my 40 - ish-year-old hormones, and their 5-minute meditation offerings do wonders for my emotions. 

Here is a free Peloton app pass if you want to try it out 60 days for free. If you wish, you can follow me there, and I'll follow you back - @superyogapalace


Along with lifestyle choices, the essential oils and supplements  I incorporate make a considerable difference in my hormones:
I take Multi- greens, Powergize, Natures Ultra CBD, Progessence Plus Serum, and Clary Sage. Josh uses the same for his male health and hormones but incorporates Shutran instead of Pro Plus or Clary Sage. 

You can take a look at those items here if you like. 


I share all this because when moving forward in life, mindset is everything, and hormones that are out of balance can take a toll on your mental health, which takes a toll on your mindset; and after the last two years, my hope and prayer for all of us is to be as resilient as we can be. 

Below is the link to the February Drop with Young Living. I want to encourage you to take this month to examine your needs, body, mind, and emotions and see how some of these suggestions can help level up your life too. You'll find ways to ditch and switch intimacy items for oils, recipes, diffuser blends to support hormones, and more. 


Wishing you a really good winter; spring is coming. Please reach out if I can support you in any way. 

-Jessica

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