2. It stretches out tight muscles to keep you balanced
Treading on snow and ice in big, clunky boots can throw off your alignment. In particular, your hip flexors can get tight after a day of running errands or skiing. Yoga can help get the lower body back to where it should be – hopefully in time for the next ice storm.
Poses and tips: Any kind of lunge, such as warrior, can help open up the hip flexors. Also work your core in plank pose. “When you work on the core, you feel more steady on uneven ground,” says Martin, who often teaches yoga at retreats in Algonquin Park.