Breathing Exercises to Help You Stay Healthy During Winters
The cold winter air can affect your health by dehydrating your body and cause irritation if you are suffering from a seasonal flu or cold. Warming our body with exercises and workouts is a good idea during winters. By doing a few simple exercises everyday you can enhance the blood flow in your body and stay warm and healthy.
Today we are sharing some classic yoga techniques that help you breathe better and increase your blood circulation and immunity during winters. You can also use these exercises when warming up for your daily workout sessions.
This exercise spreads warmth throughout your body by helping you focus your muscle energy and generate internal heat. Constrict your throat muscles slightly while breathing slowly through the nose. Continue this for 20 cycles, the effort from breathing will help in focusing your attention and will have a warming effect on your body.
This is one of the more fun breathing Yoga exercises.Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth with a “haaaaaah” sound. You can also mix Lion’s breath with Ujjayi, by constricting your throat muscles while breathing in.
Lion’s breath is also a stress relieving exercise since it can be fun making Lion sounds while performing this exercise in groups or with a companion.
The Kapalabhatibreath stokes your body’s internal fire by utilising the strength of the abdomen muscles when breathing out. It is one of the most popular breathing exercise in the world.
Take a long breath with a clear nose, wait for a beat or two and start breathing out in short powerful exhalations while pulling your belly in and up. Continue with Kapalabhati for 3 to 5 rounds for maximum benefit.
Importance of Breathing in Clean Air
As these breathing exercises are meant for stimulating your body’s natural functions, it is very important that you are performing them in a clean ambient environment. Did you know that indoor air can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air? Therefore, properly ventilating your home is also very important. If you are living in a metro city, consider buying an air purifier for home and office use. Air purifiers with HEPA technology are very effective in removing dust, pet dander and volatile organic compounds from the air of your home.