Yoga in the Winter
Firstly, I would like to start by saying that yoga is a way of life that is best practiced daily, so through all the four seasons. Taking good care of one’s diet especially in winter is essential to get the best from one’s yoga practice.
During the winter when the nights draw in and it gets cold it’s a good time to practice Sun Salutations and certain breathing practices that increase the metabolic rate.
Sun salutations are usually carried out as part of the warm up routine at the beginning of a yoga class, however they can also be a yoga practice in themselves. In the winter Sun Salutations will not only warm you up and lubricate the joints of the body but they will also boost your mental wellbeing. Sun salutations will help you become more positive and mentally balanced over the cold and darker winter months.
Winter time – certain breathing exercises
Winter is also a good time to practice certain breathing exercises in yoga that in the summer months may seem uncomfortable as they generate heat in the body, primarily Ujjayi and
kapalabhati (breath of fire) breathing. These techniques are best practiced as part of one’s yoga asana (posture) practice. There are other more “advanced” breathing techniques that their primary purpose is to generate heat in the body. The heat generated will not only keep you warm but will also help you remove any mental lethargy.
Finally saving the best until last, there is a breathing technique which falls under the category of “kriyas” (yogic cleansing exercises), agnisara, that will boost metabolism, keep one youthful and connect the lower three chakras to the heart chakra.
Time of deep contemplation
Winter is a time of deep contemplation and tuning inwardly so it is a good time to sit in meditation. Release any blockages or repeated patterns that hold you back through yoga, meditation and breathing practices. Transformation comes forth from times of darkness, so take this time to tune into your physical, mental and spiritual body.
We recommend you to visit Vedanta Yoga Center (Limassol) to try it.