Yoga in winter for better health
Winters are the times when the body becomes stiff and we become lazy and lethargic owing to the cold weather. This is why we need to pay special attention to exercising such as practicing yoga in winters. Exercise during this time is especially important to keep the body supple and toned, without causing injuries. The following article tells about the yoga in winter for better health.
Yoga in winter
Here are some Yogic practices, Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing), that should be followed for better health in winters.
- Proper warm up: This is very essential to avoid injuries as the body becomes stiff in cold weather.
- Indoor yoga: This is advisable to protect the body against cold and related health impacts.
- More dynamic than static postures: Static postures help in stability but may increase stiffness in joints, while dynamic exercises help loosen the body.
- Surya Namaskaras (Sun Salutations): This is a combination of a series if Yogic postures and corresponding breathing control which helps to warm up the body and keep it flexible and supple.
- Pranayamas: These are breathing exercises which help open up the respiratory tract and relieves respiratory blockages, especially Bhastrika (forceful deep equal breathing) and Kapalabhati (fast exhalation), which also help in warming the body.
- Deep breathing: Deep equal breathing and Anulom-Vilom (alternative nostril breathing) in meditative postures like Vajrasana (Diamond pose), Sukhasana (Comfortable pose) and Padmasana (Lotus pose)
- Spine-related exercises: Asanas like Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) and Shalabhasana (Locust pose) help loosen the spine and avoid injuries.
- Exercises of the limbs: Asanas like Tadasana (Mountain pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand), Halasana (Plough pose), Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Gomukhasana (Cow-face pose) help in strengthening and toning limbs.
- Shavasana (Corpse pose): This Yogic relaxation technique helps to keep the mind calm and composed and rid lethargy by refreshing the mind.
Yoga is an Indian system of fitness, not only of the body, but also of the mind. It is not just bodily exercises but a whole system for complete well-being of an individual. It would be better to call it a philosophy and a lifestyle for better living.
These are some practices of yoga in winter that can be followed for better bodily and psychological health. They also help in getting over the laziness of winters. They help us concentrate better on our work and optimize our efficiency in everyday activities. Along with all this, it is a better, healthier way of living.