Revitalise and Prepare for Winter
As temperatures drop and days draw shorter, it can be tempting to hunker down and hide away. The playfulness and energy of summer gradually start to wane, and our focus turns indoors. Whilst it’s important to take it easy during the change of seasons, it’s also vital that we maintain a sense of energy and strength as we slowly transition into the winter months. We need to find a way of nourishing our body whilst giving ourselves that much-needed energy lift, often lacking at this time of year.
Fortunately, there are tonnes of yoga poses that are great for revitalising at this time of year. We’ve brought together four of our favourite poses to help keep you bouncing your way through the autumn season. So put aside that cup of Bovril, and dust off your mat…
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Twists are super at detoxing and purifying the body. In this position, we are literally squeezing out toxins from the body, whilst nourishing our internal organs. Twisting in this way also improves circulation and builds warmth in the body – a great help as we start to feel chilly in the autumn months. A good twist such as this can leave us feeling fully rejuvenated to take on the day ahead.
Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana)
This transitional period can leave us feeling a little low in the energy stakes. Warrior II is a great pose for bringing back a bit of oomph. In this position, we open the chest and lungs, whilst stretching the groin, thighs and ankles. This is the ultimate strengthening pose, increasing stamina and injecting more of the warrior can-do attitude into your life.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Reclining Bound Angle pose is the ultimate pose for self-care. In this exposed position, we open the pelvis, chest and groin – parts of the body which are normally hidden and protected. As such, we are creating a sense of openness in the body, enhancing circulation and ultimately calming the nervous system for full restorative autumnal healing.
Shoulderstand impacts virtually every part of the body. Inverting ourselves in this way causes gravity to send blood to the upper body, heart and brain. This automatically slows down the heart rate, bringing an increased sense of peace and clarity. This increase in blood supply also has a refreshing effect on the brain, bringing increased focus. Shoulderstand also acts as a fantastic immunity booster, flushing the body of any unwanted toxins – the ultimate bug-buster for autumn.