”The breath is a wonder drug” –T.K.S Desikachar
Happy February to all of you lovely people in our Respira Yoga Community!
Having survived what feels like the longest January ever and with another 5 weeks left before we emerge into spring, its a good time to look at how yoga can enhance your health during these colder, winter months!
Did you know that mindfulness and maintaining a regular winter yoga practice can help boost your immune system? If we don't take time for self-care and to unplug at this time of year, we are inviting colds, flu and bugs to enter our bodies.
There are so many ways in which you can support your own wellness and here are just a few simple steps that you can take.
1) Join a Yoga Class!
Through the practice of yoga we switch ourselves to a more relaxed nervous system which allows our body to focus on restorative functions like cell renewal and the absorption of nutrients. It also helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost the endocrine system. All of this has the effect of supporting our immunity and help us to cope better with illness.
If you'd like to learn more, have a read of this science behind yoga blog.
2) Practice deep & mindful breathing
Simply by sitting still and catching the sound of our breath, we can begin to bring a steadiness and awareness to how we are breathing. Why is this important? Because the way that we breathe affects our nervous system and stress and vice versa, so it is vital it is for our immune system that we control the breath and reduce stress.
Sit up tall or lie down on your back
Set a timer for 3 minutes then close your eyes
Breath in for the slow count of 4
Hold for 2
Exhale for 6
Repeat until the timer is up.
Open your eyes, and notice the shift in your energy, your focus and how your body feels.
3) Be Grateful
Close your eyes and think about all of the things that your are grateful for. Send a deep, slow inhale and exhale to each of these things. Don't limit yourself. We can all be grateful for something, no matter what is going on in our lives. Practicing gratitude in this way is a really effective short cut to cultivating present moment awareness. And when we are in THIS present moment, not mulling over what has passed or feeling anxious about the future, we can feel calm and reduce stress in the mind and body.
4) Join Our Valentine's Mini-Retreat - Sat 17th Feb @ YMCA Harrow.
The perfect Valentines gift for yourself or a loved one in need of pampering and a gentle reminder of the importance of self-care and self-love. Our constantly switched-on way of life can deplete and exhaust us, placing huge strain on the nervous system with all sorts of repercussions for our health. Come along to this gorgeous class and rediscover the incredible response of your body and mind when you surrender into self-love.
This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. In the super-gentle practice of Yin Yoga, we will use blocks, candles, aromatherapy, organic, flaxseed eye-pillows and blankets to ease into a state of deep support and rest. Space is limited and these events tend to sell out quick, so be sure to book soon! Book here. 4.30-6.30pm at YMCA Roxeth Hill, Harrow £25
Come along for a taster class (£10) to any of the below classes if they are not full or you may prefer to go ahead and book the term here to guarantee your spot.
If a class is full, please let me know if you’d like to be placed on the waitlist in case someone drops out. This will also ensure that you are contacted as soon as the next batch of classes are released (April-June) so that you can book the new term.
Mon 8.00 pm - With Emma Burns @ YMCA, Harrow (WAITLIST)
Tues 7.30pm - Whitmore School, Harrow
Tues 7.30pm - Whitmore School, Harrow
Wed 10.30am - Harrow Arts Cent (term time)
Fri 10.30am - YMCA, Harrow (term time) (WAITLIST)
Sat 4.30pm - Various Workshops, Harrow
Sun 11.00am - Harrow Arts Centre
Sun 12.15pm - Harrow Arts Centre
The cost is currently £10 per class with a term pass. If you need more convincing, check out these wonderful reviews, then book online here. Wishing you a fabulous and restful weekend. Look forward to seeing you on the yoga mat soon for some deep and soulful yoga!
- Namaste -
“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar
Respira Yoga London
http://www.respirayoga.co.uk Mob: 07990 820112
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