While the Spring Equinox may be just around the corner, if the recent drop in temperature is any indication, winter has not yet had its final say. And so, this presents us with a few more opportunities for a go-around with the season that brings us such delightful things as decadent hot chocolates, steaming mugs of chai tea and heart-warming soul food. Another welcome aspect of winter is that feeling of zen. And while the word “zen” may have its origins in Buddhist culture, it’s certainly one that just about every creed has adopted in its non-stop quest for peace on that ever-elusive path to enlightenment.
Often enough though, when people think about zen, they associate it with the practices of yoga and meditation where mind aligns with body, body aligns with soul, and soul communes with spirit. When you add winter to that equation, where a gentle snowfall brings with it a sense of calm, and a feeling of almost floating right along with the drifting snowflakes, you have an almost perfect balance of what winter zen should look and feel like.
If there’s one thing that Winnipeg isn’t lacking, it’s opportunities to embrace that spirit of zen through the age-old ritual of yoga, especially during the winter months. From the sweat-inducing variety to the latest winter-inspired outdoor trend, this city has been making yogis and yoginis of many. But what exactly is it about the practice of yoga that appeals to the masses, and just whereabouts in the city have people been flocking to when they’re desirous of getting in touch with their inner selves?
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