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THE BENEFITS OF WINTER YOGA
It's easy to make excuses in wintertime and however tempting may be the idea of sleeping in, staying indoors or snuggling up on the couch, try not to avoid your yoga class. The gentle movement in yoga will enhance circulation thereby helping you keep warm. Yoga involves poses and sequences that revitalise and nourish the body. They bring movement to the bones and joints which can help prevent stiffness and rigidity in joints, a common occurrence in winter.
Come winter and behind it follow cold, cough, viral fever and the like. Regular yoga practice helps strengthen body immunity so that you can keep the bacteria at bay thereby promoting good health and vitality. It's normal to feel more sluggish and slower in winter because of the extra energy your body is using to stay warm. Yoga relaxes and brings a calmness to the body which gives you the resilience to face whatever woes winter may bring.
Yoga involves breathing exercises (pranayama) and practicing these helps to open the chest, clear chest congestion, which is so common during winter thereby preventing the common cold, enhancing healing and boosting immunity and wellbeing. It also improves digestion by stimulating the internal body systems, which can slow down in winter.
The dull, gloomy weather outside automatically casts its shadow on us and for no reason, we tend to feel low and lethargic. Yoga involves mindfulness and meditation which slows down the mind and can act like an instant mood changer - you will always feel better after your class!
Yoga has gentle peaceful sequences that help you gain flexibility, improve sleep and dissolve away stress leaving you with an overall feeling of wellness and contentment. It can help you beat those winter blues by reducing fatigue, improving productivity and leaving you feeling focused and alert.
Winter just seems to give an excuse to gorge on countless delicacies - both sweet and savoury. However, don't let it become an excuse to put on weight this winter. Eat whatever you like but make sure to keep up with your yoga practice as the postures and stretches will help reduce weight, build strength and body shape whilst also toning the internal organs.
Bernadette O'Donnell teaches
Yoga for over 50s
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