3 yoga poses to fight common winter infections and stay healthy during the holiday season

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New Delhi: The Christmas season is finally here! A time to celebrate, indulge in some delicious treats and spend memorable moments with near and dead ones. But for many, the holidays can bring in some unwelcome guests – stress, flu and other winter infections. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to stay healthy and keep the spirit of the season going. Yoga for stress can be an excellent strategy to stay balanced even during this crazy time of the year.

The holiday season is super-exciting, but it’s often accompanied by dry skin, chapped lips, cough, cold and many such problems. One has to be very protective during this chilly weather. So, this holiday season, try adding Yoga to your rituals in between parties, celebration, and joy for a healthier, fitter you.

Yoga for the Holidays

Here, we bring you a few yoga poses that can help your body generate heat within and fight common winter infections while helping you make the holidays memorable. Practising these poses will help you enjoy the spirit of the season, said Sohan Singh, an expert in couple Yoga and the founder of Sohan Yoga International.

Balasana or Child’s Pose with belly compression

Benefits:

The child’s pose calms the mind and gently stretches the spine and the ankles. It massages the organs of digestion through compression.

How to do the Child’s Pose

  • First, slide your arms through and back between your knees, so your hands end up between your ankles
  • Tuck your chin slightly by placing your forehead on the floor to breathe freely
  • Take a few deep breaths all the way down to your belly
  • Press down your belly onto your thighs – for effortless compression of your abdomen
  • Slide a block underneath your forehead if feeling uncomfortable.

Utkatasana or Fierce Pose

Benefits

If you don’t have much time and want to heat up your body and get your circulation moving, Utkatasana is what you can rely on. It is an amazing fact that just 5-10 breathes in this asana can heat up your body like fire.

How to do this pose

  • Bring your big toe mounds (bases of your big toes) to touch with a slight space between your heels – this keeps your legs parallel to one another
  • Squeeze your knees toward each other and put your weight on the back and down, as if you are sitting on a chair
  • Extend your arms at shoulder-height, alongside your ears
  • Scoop the tailbone down to the floor and it will fire up the abdominal muscles
  • As you continue the Ujjayi breath in and out through your nose, imagine your body in the shape of a lightning bolt, and let that powerful imagery move through your system.

Chakravakasana or Sunbird Pose

Benefits

It is a balancing pose that can be beneficial for the spine and core muscles. Transitioning from four limbs to two limbs challenges your focus, equilibrium, and strength. To hold the pose together, it requires a firm and active center.

How to do this pose

  • Extend one arm forward with the thumb pointing up, as if you were shaking hand
  • Extend the opposite leg back, and try to find a straight line of energy between your lifted arm and leg
  • Further, connect to your core by hugging your limbs back into their respective sockets
  • Hold stillness in the pose for five full rounds on each side and breathe smoothly
  • For the greater challenge in the pose, try again with the same arm and leg lifted.

Ensure that you incorporate some healthy activities into your routine to make the most of the season.

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