March 10, 2017
4 Refreshing Yoga Poses
Yoga is beneficial for a broad variety of reasons, including increased flexibility, muscle strength, boosted energy and a balanced metabolism. But when the weather is cold, dryness and viral infection is common. Yoga can also help refresh you – providing improved respiration and cardio/circulatory health to help ward off infections. Coupled with drinking lots of water, yoga can keep you in tip-top shape no matter the season!
To help inspire you, here are four of our favorite yoga poses to practice in the colder weather. All you need to do these is a yoga mat or blanket.
Eye of the Needle Pose
The Eye of the Needle yoga pose is great during colder weather because it helps reduce pain caused by stiffness and inactivity, and increases blood flow to the pelvis and surrounding organs.
Get a video tutorial of the Eye of the Needle Pose on YouTube.
Step 1: Lie on your back.
Step 2: Draw the right knee into your chest.
Step 3: Cross the right ankle over your left knee.
Step 4: Thread your right hand between the gap between your legs, and interlock fingers from behind your left thigh.
Step 5: Flex your feet and keep the left knee at 90 degrees.
Step 6: Take 10 deep breaths, switch legs and repeat on the other side if desired.
The Bridge yoga pose is beneficial because it stretches the neck, chest and spine to stimulate abdominal organs and improve digestion. It also rejuvenates tired legs, and calms the mind to relieve stress.
Get a video tutorial of the Bridge Pose on YouTube.
Step 1: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet placed firmly on the mat.
Step 2: Press into your feet, lifting the hips and thighs, while your head, shoulders and arms remain on the mat.
Step 3: Clasp your hands under your body, and take 10 deep breaths.
The Fish yoga pose is great for colder weather due to its focus on the center of your heart, and chest opening. It’s also great at correcting rounded shoulders, which is a side effect of sitting at the computer too long.
Get a video tutorial of the Fish Pose on YouTube.
Step 1: Lie on your back with legs and arms extended.
Step 2: Press your forearms and elbows into the mat, and lift your chest to create an arch.
Step 3: Tilt your head back, and touch the top of your head to the mat.
Step 4: Press outward through your heels, making sure to keep your thighs active.
Step 5: Take 10 deep breaths, and release.
Standing Forward Bend
The Standing Forward Bend yoga pose helps lengthen your spine, increases flexibility and helps reduce back pain. It even boosts blood flow to your brain, making it great if you need a mental pick-me-up!
Get a video tutorial of the Standing Forward Bend on YouTube.
Step 1: Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Step 2: During an exhale, slowly bend at the waist.
Step 3: If possible, straighten your legs and clasp ankles.
Step 4: Take 10 deep breaths, and release.
What are your favorite yoga poses? Share your go-to in the comments below!
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