Winter, especially in the northern half of India, can end up making us steeper and craving warmth. Joint and muscle stiffness can be frequent during this weather. It can also be very difficult for people with joint pain, arthritis, or muscle problems. There’s a reason why body aches, pains, and stiffness become more common in the winter. When the weather is cold and the availability of sunlight is less, it causes the muscles to contract and stiffen. Despite the fact that individuals are aware of the importance of staying physically active, the cold leads them to slip into the bad habit of idleness.
Acharya Advait Yogbhushan, founder of the Himalayan Yogi Institutes, a luminous yogi and professor of Vedic sciences advises readers to get rid of stiffness in winter, in a conversation with Hindustan Times.
Trikonasana (triangle pose)
Trikonasana, also known as the Triangle Pose, is a standing asana that can be done on the left and right sides that strengthens and lengthens the hamstrings and groin while stretching the hips and opening the shoulders. It ends up activating the core muscles which promote balance and stability. By starting in a standing position with 3 to 4 feet between your feet, you can begin the asana. Turn your right foot outward and stretch both arms out at shoulder level while keeping your torso in front of you. The right arm, bent from the waist, will touch the right foot, while the left hand will be extended directly above the ears. This asana can also be done on the left side.
Matsyasana (Fish Position)
This is a tilting chest opening asana in which a practitioner enters the shavasana and lifts the chest using the elbows and shoulders. It not only stretches the chest and neck, but also relieves stress on the neck and shoulders. With the goal of improving respiratory health by stimulating deep breathing and toning the parathyroid, pituitary and pineal glands. Matsyasana is a yoga pose that stretches and stimulates all the abdominal muscles. This pose is known as the “Destroyer of All Diseases”.
Uttanasana (Standing forward)
It’s not about touching your toes when you’re standing in a forward bend. It’s also not about squeezing as much length as possible with your fingertips. Uttanasana, on the other hand, is not about the connection between the fingers and the toes. It’s almost all the things in between. The practitioner begins in tadasana and leans forward from the hips, bringing the chest towards the knees. Some people can touch their toes, while others can only bend to a certain extent. In all cases, the practitioner must maintain alignment. It aims to greatly benefit the entire body if done correctly.
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