Bad weather can not hurt you anymore: with these yoga exercises against cold you will come through autumn and winter healthy.
Never again runny nose
It sounds almost too simple: make quiet movements for a few minutes, breathe deeply and bring the mind to rest – and already the sniff nose loses its terror. An ideal remedy for colds. And it actually works. Because meditative training like yoga relaxes to the tips of your toes – and cold-blooded viruses do not like that at all:“There are proven relationships between the reduction of stress and a positive effect on the immune system,” explains Professor Wilhelm Bloch, head of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Sports Medicine at the German Sport University Cologne. Because when the head is stressed, the body releases stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol – and they shut down the immune system. But yoga slows down stress, and our immune system has power to fight the viruses. Studies show that such meditative exercises actually provide significantly more immunity and help against cold – and within a short time.
In the park, at the lake or on the balcony Do the yoga exercises even more. The moderate exercise in the fresh air stimulates the immune system particularly intensively. Because the cool air moistens the heat-contaminated mucous membranes, unwanted invaders such as viruses and bacteria are immediately flushed out again. And the lungs are flooded with an extra dose of oxygen – right now, where we’re a lot inside, a blessing for body and brain cells and an ideal remedy for colds. Just take a deep breath and relax the performance.
The meditative yoga exercises also intensify and slow down the breathing. This not only helps against colds, but also proven in respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis.
Yoga also promises relief for numerous other health problems:headaches, backaches, stomach problems or indigestion, high blood pressure or overweight, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. The combination of gentle movements and conscious breathing gradually regulates almost all body processes that are more or less directly related to stress: insomnia, lack of energy, anxiety or depression. It almost seems as if yoga was not invented in warm India, but in the dull gray German winter. And best of all, it’s really fun.
As blown away
But the wind can also make us fidgety and nervous when our life is already restless and agitated. When it storms and winds in such phases – at the door or in its own interior – we need stability and stability , so that the wind does not blow us away.
Our exercises adapt to both faces of the wind: you can either go with the wind, use its power and blow away what you are burdened with a strong breath. Or you can stand up to its pressure and feel like a lighthouse in the roaring sea.
How to sail an albatross
Throw down what complains
Like a lighthouse in the surf
The tree in the wind
Rooted over the foot of your leg in the depth and breadth. Lift the leg of the leg and place it on the inside of the knee or thigh. Apply pressure to the sole of the foot and forcefully press back against the area of the leg on which your foot is resting. This prevents the foot from slipping off. Raise your arms sideways – like the branches of a tree. Linger breathing so calmly. The leg remains very active in contact with the ground and the sole of the foot.
During the exercise, align yourself with the vertical axis of the body. To keep the balance better, fix a point on the ground or on the horizon. Linger like this, and feel the wind sweeping and shaking you, while standing steadily and quietly like an old tree and swaying lightly with the wind … At the end of the exercise, feel in the state. Keep rooting and inner alignment on the vertical axis even further.
The mountain in the sun