Creating warmth in the body increases flexibility and awakens the central nervous system; and if your inner furnace runs cold or your body’s constitution tips to the Vata side of Aryvedic’s doshas, then gaining warmth can become a daily preoccupation. As someone who wears three layers on most winter days (not including a coat!), I have garnered some helpful warming techniques for your practice.
Breath Control Work
First, let’s talk about breathing fire (not the ire kind, though). Be sure to speak with your physician if you have a pre-existing condition, such as asthma or cardiovascular disease. These yogic breathing practices vary from mild to intense.
For the following breath exercises, first find a straight spine. Sit in an easy seat or on your knees with a yoga block tucked under your bottom as support.