Trade your cosy sweater for spandex and hit the yoga studio – you’ll be happy you did (even on the coldest day of the year). Here’s why you should do yoga in the winter
- Stress Relief: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Pain Relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions.
- Better Breathing: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
- Flexibility: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture.
- Increased Strength: Yoga asanas (postures) uses every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe.
- Focus on the Present: Yoga helps us to focus on the present to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.