As things get festive and busy, often yoga during the Holidays is the first thing to drop off the list of priorities. For sure, there are a lot meetings to cram in and projects to finish before the New Year, however, it’s the season of colder temperatures, less sunlight and emotional ups and downs. Our immunity and nervous system is fragile and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So…
Here are five reasons to do maintain your yoga practice this season:
1. SLOW DOWN –
Whether you actively participate or not, the whole city is caught up in hustle and bustle mode. Yoga offers you the chance to stop, gain perspective and return to the present moment. It also activates your parasympathetic nervous system responsible for calming the mind and relieving stress symptoms like insomnia, indigestion and aches and pains. Meditation, slow flows and restorative yoga is ideal.
2. BOOST HAPPY HORMONES –
Yoga and exercise stimulate the release of serotonin, the hormone responsible for feelings of happiness. Maintaining your practice during the Holidays helps offset ‘seasonal depression.’ (UV light promotes serotonin activity, so when there is less sunlight, there is less serotonin naturally available.) Vinyasa or ashtanga practices at a moderate pace are recommended.
3. FIND STABILITY –
The longer your ‘To Do’ list, the more agitated our nervous system usually is, as we generally multi-task in order to maximize time. This keeps us on perpetual ‘go go go’ mode, meaning cortisol (stress hormone) levels are high and most of our energy is in our head. Yoga provides the opportunity to connect, stabilize and ground ourselves. Standing poses are great for this.
4. INCREASE IMMUNE FUNCTION –
Due to the cold weather, the body’s inner fire or agni is often less efficient. Thus, our natural virus and bacteria fighting power has cooled down. Yoga, especially back bending postures that open up the front of the body and most pranayama breathing exercises, like ujjayi or kapalabhati breathing, create heat in the body and support your immunity.
5. RE-ENERGIZE –
Understandably, its hard to avoid the merry-making abundance of sugary treats, alcohol and heavy, unctuous food at this time of year. These indulgences slow down your digestive system and metabolism, making you feel heavy and tired. Vinyasa and ashtanga practices stimulate circulation and twisting poses release stagnation in the organs leaving you feeling alert and energized.
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