December 11, 2012

Guide to Winter Wellness

'Tis the season of celebrating with friends and family—and you have a seemingly endless to-do list to get ready for it all. But your festive holiday plans can be quickly derailed if you fall victim to a winter bug. Colds and flus can strike any time of the year. However, winter's cold, dry air creates the perfect host environment for germs. The drier the air, the longer germs stay airborne. And the more close contact you have with other people, the more likely their germs are to migrate to you. To top it off, cold weather can throw your health out of balance.

According to the principles of Ayurveda, winter can aggravate conditions that can weaken your immune system—so it's essential to take good care of yourself at this time of year. With that goal in mind, here are some of our favorite solutions to keep your immune system strong and your energy up all winter long.

Pick a Natural Kick. Energy wanes in the winter, when sunlight is scarce. But jump-starting your engine every day with a triple espresso may undermine your immune system. Caffeine stresses the adrenals, the glands that sit atop the kidneys and support the body's immunity and energy.

Strike a Heart-Opening Pose. An easy way to avoid getting colds and flu is to weave more heart-opening poses, such as Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Matsyasana (Fish Pose), and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), into your yoga practice.


A Yogi's Guide to Winter Wellness

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

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