For most of us living in the Northern hemisphere, winter can bring about stagnancy and dullness. We dont get much day light or fresh air, and for many people recreational time usually involves some form of static indoor activity such as reading or catching up on films. Our appetites gravitate us towards meals that are hot, dense and comforting but leave us with little energy to spare for anything else but digestion. All of these factors add up to extreme lethargy and a more frequent occurance of lower moods which can become obstacles to us accomplishing all that we want and should.
Physical exercise can be an excellent way to bring in a little more balance into the season but finding motivation for this is challenging. We are inclined to take things easier during the colder months as the body needs to conserve energy but rather than giving up exercise all together, consider taking a gentler approach with exercises such as tai-chi and of-course, yoga. They encourage a more balanced distribution of energy within the body and even just a few minutes of movement can bring about noticeable changes to our mood, energy levels and physical health.
The sequence below offers 8 poses that can be taken at your own pace and modified as needed. They focus predominantly on the hips and offer 360˚ movement for the joints which can feel incredibly rejuvenating. Begin with the right leg and hold each pose between 10-15 deep breaths before slowly switching sides and then moving onto the next pose. Finish the sequence with a long relaxation or guided visualisation, preferably under the safety of a warm blanket!