It’s winter and I just want to snuggle under my blanket on the sofa and watch mindless TV or read my book with the log burner going…… Is that how you feel?
Wait, it is not good for us we need to keep moving and over the next few weeks we will look at why practising our yoga in the cold months is essential for our wellbeing.
Aching joints? Flu and cold symptoms? No energy? Sallow skin? Mood swings as not enough sunshine? The list goes on as to why we need to get our mats out and practice.
Seasonal affective disorder is common in the winter and is brought on by darkness and lack of sunshine, or, for some, we get the winter blues. We have no energy, feel tired, an increase in appetite. Yoga can help you alleviate these systems, by incorporating Sun Salutations into our morning practice, they build heat, increase our cardio capacity which then increases our energy and endurance which then rebalances our sleep-wake cycles, eating habits and digestion.
If you are in a cold room, start your salutations slowly, with deep breaths, increasing the pace with your breathing as you move through the salutations. A good reason to start the day in an energetic way whatever the weather.
Sun Salutations can energise and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest, winter day
- Carol Krucoft