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 a yoga practice in themselves usually carried out as part of the warm up routine, however in Cyprus one rarely needs to warm up because its hot for most of the year. 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 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.
Finally saving the best until last, there is a breathing technique which falls under the category of “kriyas” (yogic cleansing exercises) that will boost metabolism and improve heath in general.
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.
Have a great holiday season!
Love & Light
Vedanta Yoga Centre