Don’t let the cold stop you from practicing yoga or meditation this winter! Here are a couple of tips to get you in the mood and keep you warm.
Nothing beats laying on the couch under a blanket while sipping on a hot mug of cocoa. But sometimes we need to fight off the cold and find the courage to get our yoga moods on. Winter brings with it many luxuries which make for beautiful memories, but it can also be accompanied by coughs, dry skin and joint pains. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips to help you enjoy winter yoga before spring arrives!
First things first. Keep warm from the inside: before you start, sip on a cup of hot water. You will pick up from it the energy you will need for your exercise and movement. If you’re not a fan of the taste, you can add a tiny splash of lemon juice!
Choose Your Pose
Every season has its series of poses that suit it best. For winter, we would recommend focusing on poses that keep your body heat concentrated towards the center of your body as soon as you start your exercises.
Activate Your Manipura
The Manipura Chakra is called by many the body’s sun. It radiates prana and energy, and is located close to your digestive system. To activate it, you can gently massage your abdomen right above the navel in a clockwise direction. Do this before you start your yoga practice!
Keep Your Arms Up
Raising your arms is a well known method of increasing your heart rate, thus raising your body heat. Look for every opportunity possible to activate these mechanisms while practicing winter yoga. Next time you are in warrior pose, raise your hands up to the sky instead of stretching them horizontally.
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Heavy clothes may not fit your style either, but they are extremely useful in the winter as you are warming up your body during the first poses of yoga. As soon as you feel more comfortable, you can take off a couple of extra layers. But wearing a large sweater can help you keep warm when you need it the most!
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed these healthy lifestyle tips, and that they may help you enjoy this season just a little bit more. For more articles just like this, don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog!