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Welcome to Winter! The Winter Solstice, Artimis & Yoga

December 21, 2010

Welcome to Winter!

The Winter Solstice is today, Celebrate with your Yoga Practice!

Artemis is the Goddess of the Moon!

Honor her and the longest night of the year with Moon Salutations and Bow & Archer Asanas.

The moon is associated with the divine feminine.  In ancient societies Women’s cycles were linked to the phases of the moon.

Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt and is symbolized with a Crescent Moon.  The daughter of Zeus and Leto, Aretmis did not associate with men, or allow them to rule her. (YAY!  Ancient Feminism!).  Artemis’ bow is symbolic of both the Crescent Moon & of self-esteem.

Artemis is the Patroness to singers, protector of young girls, mistress of magic, sorcery, enchantment, psychic power, women’s fertility, purification, sports, good weather for travelers, woodlands, the hunt, mental healing, wild animals, mountains, woodland medicines, healing.

Some of her Totem   Animals are the:  dog, hawk, quail, horse, cats, wolf, antelope, bear, bull, deer, goat, bee and the UNICORN.

So for our Winter Solstice Yoga Practice, We will begin with

A few minutes of seated meditation, and centering.
Set an affirmation or an intention for your practice.  I like:

Personal peace, one by one,
Grows into

A peaceful world home for everyone.
(the above affirmation for peace was found HERE)

When you are ready to begin…
Do a few warm up poses:


Rainbow Side Stretch

Down Dog, Walking the Dog


Thread the Needle Twist

Child’s Pose to

A Squat

Rag Doll

Mountain Pose
Recenter, Take a Few Slow Deep Breaths.  Repeat your affirmation or an intention….

Personal peace, one by one,
Grows into

A peaceful world home for everyone.

We will begin the most active part of our practice with a  few
Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations)

We will move into some Balance Poses, Try
½ Moon Balance
Revolved ½ Moon Balance
½ Moon Balance Variation:
Bend your raised leg behind you and reach back to hold your foot with your same hand (1/2 moon Bow Variation)

Repeat Balance Poses on both Sides.

To Balance the Feminine Moon Poses, we will move into a Warrior Poses (Masculine)

Begin in Warrior 1
Then open torso and arms into Archer Pose Warrior: Begin with legs and torso in Warrior I.  With the right leg forward, bring both arms up to shoulder height, parallel to the floor, and over the bend right leg.  Slowly begin to pull the left arm back (as if pulling an arrow back on a bow).  As your left arm pulls across the chest, open the left shoulder and hip into a Warrior II position.  Left elbow remains bent and the forearm is parallel to the floor.  Drishti is out over the right arm. (Repeat with the Left leg forward)

Do the beginning part of Sun Salutation to

Plank Pose

Lower to Belly

Bow Pose

Child’s Pose

Come to a Seated Cobbler’s Pose

Shooting Bow Posehold Big toes with your Peace Fingers (Index & Middle Fingers).  Bring your left leg into your chest (Knee is bent).  Begin to extend your Right leg to your full expression of the pose.  Straighten Back, Dristi is over your Right toes.  Repeat on the opposite side.

Cobblers Pose

Swish legs from side to side to release the intense hip stretch
Gently roll onto your back

Upward Bow Pose (Wheel)
Hug Knees into your chest and roll from side to side.

Rotated Stomach Posture

Repeat your affirmation here:

Personal peace, one by one,
Grows into

A peaceful world home for everyone.


I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery…..Over the shadowy hills and windy
peaks she draws her golden bow, rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous   shafts…..when she is satisfied and has cheered her heart, this huntress who delights  in arrows slackens her supple bow and goes to the great house of her dear brother   Phoebus Apollo, to the rich land of Delphi, there to order the lovely Muses and Graces.  – Homer

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