Snuggling in your blanket with a warm cup of coffee is perhaps the most welcoming thought on a chilly winter morning. If you stay in especially colder climates, most times just the act of getting out of your warm bed could be a struggle, so how can you possibly even think of exercise, forget about a regular yoga practice. But surprise, yoga can actually give you the strength to see you through the cold and get along the daily chore with alacrity without letting the winter overwhelm you.
Helping You Keep Warm
The cold often magnifies the body rigidity. But it is surprising how a few rounds of Surya Namaskar or the Suksham Vyam or the warm up exercises can actually help you tackle this stiffness and get along with your day’s business with lot more energy and vigor. You will actually get the energy to perform better and even excel at whatever you are doing with the help of this renewed vigor. Yoga, in short, gives you the strength to tackle the extreme weather conditions and work effectively despite the challenging conditions.
Develop Better Immunity
Cold weather is also synonymous with ailments like cold, fever and the like. Regular yoga practice can actually help you develop better resistance to fight these diseases and live a relatively healthier life. Body immunity improves, gives strength to the body to fight bacteria/virus and enables a stronger response in the form of anti-body creation to keep these types of diseases at bay. Regular practice of pranayam doesn’t just strengthen your respiratory system but clears the nasal pipes and the chest of any possible congestion. Regular Surya Bhedan and Kapal Bhati also relieve body pain and give you the power to keep allergies that are quite common at bay.
Eat Without Guilt
The cold weather stirs up a healthy appetite amongst most individuals but are you constantly eating with a sense of guilt? Well not any more. Gorge yourself with as many winter delicacies as you wish and then burn it out every day with a regular yoga session. In fact it is as simple as it sounds in reality too. A comprehensive schedule comprising of Surya Namaskars, asanas for the abdominal region, stretches for the back and hamstring and exercises aimed at improving digestion coupled with a series of pranayam to wrap it up will ensure that you sweat out to the last t and burn very single bit of calorie that you consumed.
A happy mind they say resides in a happy body. Thus, your physical health impacts your mental state as much as the weather. So if the cold weather is making you feel sad, low or just plain lethargic, yoga can be the best antidote to fight it off. It energizes you, fills you with vibrant energy that can help you go through the daily chores and keep a smile despite challenges. This inner wellness also lends you a positivity that acts as a catalyst for bigger achievements.
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