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Find joy in the darkness of Winter

February 3, 2017

Marina Guastucci yoga
In a culture obsessed with the outward, the bold, and the all too obvious, it can be difficult for us to set time aside for savoring the more subtle aspects of our day to day lives. As the late Winter months roll around, I’d like to encourage each of you to bask in the chilly light of February, and through it, discover the potency in allowing space for simplicity.
Here are 3 ways to find joy in the darkness of Winter.
1) Puddle Jumping
Remember when you were a kid and weren’t afraid to get messy? Let go of that grown-up mandate forcing you to “stay dry” during rain storms, go outside and get some good old fashioned playtime in! It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.
2) Indoor Gardening
Studies have shown that connecting to nature can actually help us to better manage stress, improve sleep and be happier overall. When the weather has you stuck inside, try digging into some dirt a la indoor potted plant style.
3) Restorative Yoga with Pillows
For instant body/mind rejuvenation, grab a few pillows from your bed and hit your mat. Try placing one pillow horizontally behind your heart, so that your shoulders can relax over the top edge of the pillow, and another under your knees for a sweet support for the lower joints in the body.
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Marina Guastucci

Marina is a life-long Bay Area resident, yogini mama and lover of all that is wild. Her classes, workshops and retreats invite students to explore the details of all experiences with the utmost passion and curiosity. For marina, yoga asana is an embodied ritual which has the capacity to uncover our most vibrant, potent selves. Her slow moving vinyasa classes are alignment-rich, highly creative, and meant to honor and celebrate each students unique connection to yoga. Her teachings integrate elements of somatic movement, follow the rhythms of nature and include various meditation and pranayama techniques and ritual. Her major influences have been Rod Stryker, Bryan Kest and more currently Abby Tucker, with whom she’s studied extensively. Before yoga found Marina, she received her BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where her continued passion for social justice blossomed. Her day to day life is spent mostly at home rearranging furniture for fun, in the woods collecting leaves with her tiny human, mountain biking, and gardening. Join her in enlivening your senses through yoga, travel, connection, knowledge and play!

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