Solstice Blessings & Winter Wisdom Gifts

The holiday season has officially arrived with Winter Solstice tomorrow and here in Whistler we have been blanketed in snow. It’s coming down in fat flakes outside my window right now and the trees are frosted in white, yet inside the house is warmly lit and fragrant with the smells of Christmas baking. I truly love the richness and the beauty of this season…..             Yuletide-full
2012 has been an incredibly full year and as the solar year comes to an end I am awed by how much has happened in my own life, and the lives of so many I know. I hope that each of you may find some time in the days to come for a moment or two of stillness in which to reflect on all that you have received in this last cycle, both wondrous and challenging, and to vision your hopes for the cycle that is to come. I will be sitting with my family tomorrow night and we will be sharing with each other all that we are grateful for, all that we hope for, and all that we are wanting to work on, and receive support from each other in. It’s a ritual my husband and I started doing together last year and it has added a new layer of strength and power to the intention setting I have always done on my own. This will be the first year in a great many that I will not be celebrating the solstice with my community in Tofino, doing 108 Salutations to the Sun, yet I will be doing the ritual on my own and thinking of each of them. I want to extend my gratitude and my blessings to all of the wonderful yogis I had the opportunity to meet, and work with, and share in yoga with in 2012 as each encounter enriched my own life deeply. I wish you all the best for 2013 and beyond.
Instead of a blog article about Ayurvedic Winter Wisdom this time I recorded a live webinar that you can watch and enjoy. As well below I’ve included  a handout on Winter Wisdom tips to print that includes the key teachings and practices as well as some meditation and yoga ideas. And for those of you who want inspiration in the kitchen there is a packet of recipes to try out. And finally there is simple Holiday Thrive guide with some tips on how to stay connected and healthy during the busy holiday season as well as a very simple guide to reviewing your year and setting your intentions.  I hope that these offerings are of some value to you and that they support you in thriving during this season of the year. Please let me know in the comments section below if you have questions or found them valuable.
Best wishes for a joy filled holiday season full of warmth and good cheer!
Much love, Natalie