Yoga poses can help beat the winter blues.
The short days and cold temps have always depleted my energy and turned me into a hibernator. All the wind and dry air can be unsettling. With a cuppa tea, cozy blanket, and good book I'd happily spend my winters nestled on a couch.
But life must go on. And the winter months can be so busy with all the holidays.
To get me through till spring, there are yoga poses that I always gravitate toward during the winter months. Each time I roll out my mat, my body craves back bends, hip openers, grounding poses, and restorative poses.
Below are 4 yoga poses that keep me happy during the winter months, and hope they do the same for you.
1. Cobra (or upward facing dog)
In the darkness of winter, we tend to become lethargic, take shallow breaths, and close off emotionally.
A backbend, cobra (and its more advanced version, upward facing dog) energizes the body and mind, facilitates the breath, and opens the heart.
|Upward facing dog is energizing in the winter months.|
My hips (and the rest of my body) get tighter and stiffer in the winter months. This tightness can cause stored up emotion in the hips and tension in the back.
Holding pigeon pose, a deep hip opener, stretches the muscles around the hips to release tightness. It also releases pent up energy and emotions. A pose close to the earth, pigeon is also grounding and by resting your forehead on the floor or a block, it restores the mind and body.
|Relax and open the hips in pigeon pose.|
3. Warrior 2
With the feet firmly planted on the ground, Warrior 2 grounds the body. This strong stance also invigorates energy through the hips and arms. By focusing the eyes at the front fingers, the mind becomes focused and calm.
4. Legs up the wall
Oh...so...relaxing. Legs up the wall is probably my favorite yoga pose and I take ten minutes in this pose most nights in the winter months. This pose relaxes me. It restores my mental focus and energy. After a long day at a desk, it also releases tension in my lower back.
If you do no other pose, do this one.
|Legs up the wall is a great restorative yoga pose.|
Practice each of these individually or all at once. Where do you feel each pose in your body? How do you feel after each pose?