Baby, it's cold outside! Well honey, when it's cold, build heat in your body, get a little silly and sassy, and get your breath pumping! Enjoy this Silly Warming Winter Yoga Flow!
One of the habits we focus on in the Vitality Circle is called Breath Body Practices.
"What are those," you might ask? Simply put, Breath Body Practices could be categorized as exercise. When we start the day awakening our cells by moving energy (prana) in our bodies (through expanding the breath while linking it with movement), we have a very different experience for the rest of the day. It is equivalent to winding up your inner battery for the day. Once you start a Breath Body Practice and do it regularly, your days may feel off when you skip it.
There are 3 basic types of Breath Body Practices to consider: 1. Hardening - weight lifting, strength training 2. Softening - Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong 3. Cardio - Tabata, running, spin/biking, aerobics, hiking
We all need a variety of these, but in the winter (especially late winter) we can push ourselves a little harder. It will make us feel even more energized. So focus on cardio during the late winter months. I suggest you make a plan for the week and start with 10 minutes/two days a week and gradually increase your time. Add more days until you are doing at least 20 minutes, 4-5 days a week.
Here are a few tips for creating success:
Create space. Do you have a dedicated space for movement, equipment, etc away from distractions? Can you roll around on the floor, use free weights, do jumping jacks, or actually create a type of playscape?
Move in the morning. Aim for at least 20 minutes, even if you know you are going to exercise later in the day. Mornings, between 6-10 am (Kapha time) is the most beneficial for your mood, metabolism, sleep, and lasting energy for the day.
Do Breath Body Practices before you eat. When you exercise before you eat, your body integrates the movement, increased breath, and heart rate differently than if you do it after eating. Moving before food sets your metabolism for the day so that it is more efficient, resilient, and healthy. This may mean packing your breakfast to take the gym or yoga studio. If you are used to eating first thing in the morning, try slowly reducing the amount you eat until you realize food isn't necessary before movement.
Have a buddy or accountability partner. Creating new habits are always better when done with others who can help hold us accountable. Find someone who can also prioritize time in the mornings to meet up or connect after each Breath Body Practice.
Give yourself an energetic jump start with Breath Body Practices and reap the benefits of a healthier body, more joyous moods, and abundant energy.