As the temperature drops outside our circulation starts to decrease which then slows the effectiveness of our organs and lowers our body temperature. This leads to a stiffness of the joints, constriction of the muscles and as I mentioned last week a tendency to want to just curl up on the sofa.
With this in mind, last week we looked at Sun Salutations, this week let’s think about keeping our arms up high. When we raise our arms up in any of our poses it will increase your heart rate and your body heat. We can do this at every opportunity Tree Pose, Warrior Three, or perhaps even Warrior Two just moving our arms up to the sky instead of stretching them horizontally. We can think about it with forward bends and seated folds.
Make sure as you stretch upwards or forwards you are stretching your spine, working all your muscles to raise that inner temperature.
“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ steady effort in the direction you want to go”