5 Crucial Winter Yoga Poses That Keep You Warm Naturally

5 Crucial Winter Yoga Poses That Keep You Warm Naturally

Dr. Vibha Chaudhary
January 14, 20225 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • The importance of yoga is understood better in the winter season
  • Practice the warrior pose of yoga for winter season and see its benefits
  • Plank, warrior, kapalbhati and boat are a few yoga poses for winters

The importance of yoga is best understood during winters. While this season may tempt you to stay curled up in your blanket, practicing yoga is the best way to beat those winter blues! If you are wondering how to keep body warm in winter, trying out a few yoga poses can be just what you need. 

Practice morning yoga exercises and see how bright and energetic your day becomes. Though doing yoga in cold weather may sound daunting, these winter yoga poses can keep your body flexible, healthy and warm. Read on to learn about a few simple and easy yoga poses for winters that can naturally keep you warm.

Natural ways to stay warm during wintersAdditional read: How to Take Post-COVID Care in Winters!

Boost your metabolism with kapalbhati

This is a simple breathing exercise, which is a form of pranayama. It involves rapid breathing to stimulate your internal organs. Not only does it boost your metabolism, but it also generates body heat. This rhythmic form of breathing can be completed by following these simple steps [1].

  • Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position on a mat
  • Step 2: Keep your hands on the knees with your palms facing upward
  • Step 3: Inhale deeply
  • Step 4: Exhale well by pulling your navel to your spine. but without strain
  • Step 5: Relax your abdomen and navel
  • Step 6: Repeat by inhaling passively and exhaling actively 
  • Step 7: Do this 20 times to complete one breathing cycle
  • Step 8: Relax by keeping your eyes closed and breathing deeply 

Practice warrior pose to keep your body warm

Among different winter yoga poses, warrior pose is the one that helps increase elasticity in your muscles and builds muscle mass. To do this pose, you need proper focus and balance. 

  • Step 1: Keep your legs wide apart and stand straight
  • Step 2: Turn your right foot in the outer direction by 90 degrees
  • Step 3: Turn your left foot inside by 15 degrees
  • Step 4: Lift your arms sideways
  • Step 5: As you exhale, make sure you bend your right knee
  • Step 6: Look towards your right by turning your head
  • Step 7: Bend slightly forward in the same direction
  • Step 8: Try stretching your arms a little more
  • Step 9: Stay in this pose for a while
  • Step 10: Inhale when you get back to original position
  • Step 11: Repeat on the other side

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Feel the heat spread through your body by doing the plank pose

If you are thinking about a perfect pose of yoga for winter season, plank is the one you should never miss. This is an effective asana that gives your body a complete stretch. Lie on the floor on all fours facing the ground and slowly lift your body off the ground in a push-up style. Place your elbows firmly on the floor before you push yourself up. Hold this position as long as it is possible and then relax. Make sure you breathe all through. You may practice this any time of the day. This pose is the perfect one for you if you lead a sedentary lifestyle [2].

Additional read: Morning Yoga Exercise

Do the boat pose to generate body heat quickly

The boat pose helps in increasing the strength of your abdominal and hip muscles. Doing this can also provide relaxation. Follow these simple steps to complete this pose [3].

  • Step 1: Sit on the floor with your knees bent
  • Step 2: Keep your hands at your sides
  • Step 3: Draw your lower belly in and out by engaging your inner thighs
  • Step 4: Slowly lift your feet up to your knees by balancing your body
  • Step 5: Lift your arms parallel to the floor
  • Step 6: Straighten your legs and hold this pose for some time
  • Step 7: Exhale and return to the original position

Relax your body with the standing forward bend pose

If you want to practice a simple stretch for building warmth in your body, this pose is the best one for you. Doing it gives the warmth and relaxation that your body requires. 

  • Step 1: Stand in a comfortable place with your feet together
  • Step 2: Slowly bend your knees by ensuring your torso is folding over your legs
  • Step 3: Keep your hands on the ground next to your feet
  • Step 4: Inhale slowly and lengthen your spine while doing so
  • Step 5: Exhale and try straightening both your legs 
  • Step 6: Ensure your knees are not locked 
  • Step 7: Keep your torso down when you exhale and hand your head down
  • Step 8: Stay in the position as much time as possible
  • Step 9: Return to the original position slowly 

Practicing yoga is one of the best natural ways to keep your body warm during winter. Not only does yoga improve your flexibility, but also enhances your mental well-being. For more advice on how to stay warm during winters, consult top specialists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an online doctor consultation and resolve all your queries from the comfort of your home.

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  1. https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/breathing-techniques/skull-shining-breath-kapal-bhati
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0965229914000107
  3. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/595298/summary

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