How Yoga Can Boost Your Health
Even for all of you work out enthusiasts, the winter months can be a serious drag when it comes to being motivated to exercise. The cold, dark mornings and evenings just make you want to sit at home curled up by the fire. Winter is nowhere near as encouraging to be outside. We get it. None the less, it doesn’t mean that you should stop caring and showing love to your body. Consistent exercise boosts the immune system and can help you stay healthy when sicknesses arise. So why not take the colder months to revive your body and work on your yoga practice? Here are some reasons why you should take up yoga this winter.
Prevent Stiff Joints
The cold temperatures of winter create stiff joints and enhance chronic joint pain. Vinyasa, a flowing form of yoga, provides a way to maintain joint mobility and increase circulation to loosen any stiffness you might be experiencing.
Protect the Lower Respiratory System
If you’ve ever tried to exercise outside when it’s cold you know that breathing in that air creates an uncomfortable burning sensation in the lungs. Yoga is a great way to work on your breathing without having to expose your body to the harsh temperatures of winter. Steady breathing through the nose warms air before it enters the lungs, eliminating any constrictions that result from cold air entering the body. Breathing through the nose can aid in decreasing any nasal congestion and clear out the sinuses.
Shed Toxins with HOT Yoga
Practicing yoga in a room set to a high temperature can help you sweat out any toxins while simultaneously boosting the immune system. A body flooded with toxins is much more likely to succumb to illness. However, sweating, combined with yoga movement, can help cleanse the body of viruses and congestion.
Elevate Your Mood
It’s no secret that the holidays are a stressful time for just about everyone. It’s a busy time that’s jam-packed with shopping and social events. Practicing yoga can help reduce stress and elevate your mood.
Stress is the body’s ultimate nemesis when it comes to staying healthy. Your body doesn’t have the same capabilities to fight germs when it’s undergoing physical and mental tension. However, meditation can help, and that’s where yoga really becomes an asset to the body. Just as little as ten minutes of daily meditation can lower tension. So eliminate that unwanted stress!
If you want to feel reinvigorated, energized and healthy this winter come see us! If you’re new to yoga, get started by taking our FREE Intro to Yoga class every Monday in January. If you’re a little more seasoned, we offer 6 classes for just 36 dollars with our Intro Special. Choose from over 100 classes offered weekly at the convenience of your schedule. Stay healthy with more yoga this winter!