Snuggling up in a blanket on a chilly winter morning, sipping coffee slowly and looking out the steamy window are just some of the comforts that winter brings to our lives, but it also brings chapped lips, dry skin , a runny nose, colds, body aches. , viral infections and joint difficulties. A lackluster mental state is also related to the weather outside.
“Our blood circulation slows down when we are cold, which reduces the function of our organs. Cold temperature causes muscle twitching as it lowers our body temperature even further,” says Rajesh Singh Maan, a spiritual yoga guru and teacher. of sacred sciences and Founder of the Swamarpan Foundation who adds that the body has the power to increase its own temperature by warming the muscles, which improves circulation and stiffness, generating heat from within and allowing us to be active all day throughout the winter.
According to the expert, incorporating yoga into one’s daily routine helps improve the immune system, preparing the body to fight viral illnesses and create warmth from within during the winter months. “By doing simple yoga sets, we allow our bodies and fluids to reach the maximum parts of our body, which helps maintain temperature,” says Singh Maan, who recommends a few Advait Yoga asanas to stay warm in winter.
1. Tadasana – is practiced by standing in ‘samasthiti’ and stretching your hands to shoulder length bringing them above your head and interlocking both palms, you stretch them upwards, lifting the rib cage. This asana is ideal to start your yoga practice, as it warms up the whole body and prepares it for further stretches.
2. Utthita eka pada danda asana – This asana is performed by the practitioner holding the legs hip-width apart, the practitioner stretches one leg forward, keeping both hands on the waist to balance the body. The practitioner stretches the leg in front to bring it into alignment with the hip. This asana generates heat in the lower limbs. It is better to practice it on both sides.
3. Jatayu asana – It is also called vulture pose in modern practices. The practitioner of the position of ‘Utthita eka pada danda asana’ bends one leg, which was stretched outward into a position where the foot touches the pelvis, the practitioner then takes both hands behind and locks them together forming a gyan mudra , where the bent knee is locked by the same arm. This asana generates heat in the upper limbs and helps to open the shoulder joints.
4. Veer Bhadra – This asana may seem for the advanced practitioner, but an aligned practice to achieve it is as beneficial as the asana. The practitioner stands with legs hip-width apart and steps forward keeping both straight hands facing outwards and raises one leg lifting it backwards, as if forming a long table. This asana stimulates heat in the core and radiates it throughout the body.
5. Sira pada uttana asana – This asana is performed by the practitioner while standing in “samasthiti” and moving the toes outward in the opposite direction while standing. The practitioner then begins to bend forward in this position and continues to bend forward until their shoulders reach their knees, where they bend their knees and move both hands inside the space between the knees to touch both toes with both hands. This asana is ideal for allowing circulation of cerebrospinal fluid and generating heat throughout the body.
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