(Our street this evening around 5:20pm)
This weather is supposed to continue for the rest of the week.
I am a firm believer that if possible, especially in Canada, cold weather shouldn't stop my life (within safety reasons). Every city I've lived in across the country has had typical Canadian winters that dip well into freezing. Honestly, it's something I love about Canada- the four distinct seasons, the snow and bundling up for the outside... and how easy it is to keep the beer cold at the cottage.
(our street this evening around 5:20pm)
Of course, you can't just throw any old winter apparel and march off to yoga in this kind of weather. With a few practical precautions it's possible to make it to class without frost bite, or windchill burned cheeks (which actually happened to me last week- I didn't properly wrap my scarf...).
(just got back from work!)
Here's what you need to transform your yogi self into an eco-winter walkin' yogi:
- Winter boots. REAL winter boots, none of this fashionable stuff with heels. Invest in good winter boots that have a good lining and preferably go up to your knee. You live in Canada, you'll use them again, trust me. For slushy cities there are rubber boots you can find with a removable lining...
- Winter jacket. Something that will actually keep you warm. Down to your knees and a hood are preferable. A longer coat will keep your thighs warmer and a hood is handy for snow. There are environmental options (like HoodLamb).
- A LINED tuque (hat). Why would you buy a winter hat that is knitted and unlined? Wind will whip right through them. Also, you are going to a yoga class, so hat head shouldn't matter anyway.
- Lined mittens. Mittens keep your fingers warmer than gloves because they can intermingle, instead of separate exposed to the elements through the material.
- Leg warmers. This is an essential part- since there is always a part of your legs that are exposed. Leg warmers are much easier to remove before a yoga class than long johns UNDER your yoga pants.
- A long-wide scarf. The dimensions are important, since you can fold the scarf in half width wise for extra protection and carefully wrap it several times around your head, chin, mouth and nose.
The best order for getting ready?
- Leg warmers positioned high on your thighs.
- Boots (trying to put on boots after you have your big bulky jacket on is awkward)
- Scarf- carefully wrap it covering as much of your face as possible.
- Jacket- tucking the scarf in.
- Hood up