Definition - What does Snowga mean?

Snowga is a form of yoga practiced outdoors in the snow. Snowga classes are particularly popular at winter sports resorts. The exact origins of Snowga are not known, but the name has been registered as a trademark by Anne Anderson, a Kripalu yoga teacher who first choreographed a hybrid snow yoga class in 2012 at Mohawk Mountain in Connecticut.

The purpose of Snowga is to prepare the yogi physically for participating in snow sports – in particular, stretching and warming up muscles – and to calm the mind, focus and prevent fear, especially for a sport such as downhill skiing.

Yogapedia explains Snowga

When practicing Snowga, yogis dress in typical winter attire, but in clothing that allows movement. Like more traditional yoga, Snowga offers a range of physical and mental benefits: increased focus, concentration, balance, flexibility and muscle tone.

Snowga generally involves balancing or standing postures, such as the warrior series of poses, triangle pose and tree pose. While classes may be held at a set location at a ski resort, park or yoga studio property, they are also incorporated into activities such as snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing, with stops along the way to practice yoga poses.

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