It is the winter and that means shorter days, colder weather, ice and snow. During this time of year, people get also concerned with getting sick. There are some simple things we can do to enhance our immunity during the winter season through the technology of Kundalini Yoga.
The cycles of the four seasons are essential for the earth and for our own spiritual growth. The winter especially is a powerful time for growth as it provides an opportunity to retreat and go inward. Much of what we work on in the winter, sets the intentions for the remainder of the year. The body slows down during the winter and it is time to really listen to yourself. We can also unwillingly welcome dis-ease into the body when we try to push or avoid ourselves during this important time of the year.
Here are some tips to stay healthy during the winter season with Kundalini Yoga:
1.) Immunity Kriyas
Yoga is a great way to connect with your body and uncover blocks that you may be unaware of. Using Kundalini Yoga kriyas to specially work on boosting your immune system can be a good self-healing practice during the winter. Here are a few good kriyas:
Energize Your System (from Owner’s Manual for the Human Body)
Immune Yoga I & II (Physical Wisdom)
Re-Vibrate the Immune System (Physical Wisdom)
Strengthen the Immune System I & II (Physical Wisdom)
Strengthen the Immune System for Women (Reaching Me in Me)
2. Herbal Supplements
Jalapeños have one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C, which along with Rose Hips and Boldo make a very potent defense
3. Herbal Teas
Herbals teas have long been used as a yogic remedy.
Ginger is helpful to take for the flu, minor fevers, coughs and digestive issues.
In India, turmeric is believed to be a powerful healing medicine. Yogic science has said that there are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties to turmeric.
Mint is a good remedy to help soothe an upset stomach. It is also a helpful to combat flatulence and diarrhea. Here are a few good teas with mint in them:
For more information on healing foods, check out Yogi Bhajan’s Foods for Health and Healing.
During this time, it is helpful to eat a more alkaline diet. Dis-ease cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Alkaline foods consist of green vegetables and lemons.
Go Deeper Within
Take the time to be with yourself and journal. Journaling helps one to get outside of their own mind and get to the heart of what may be going on internally. It is also very helpful in restoring flow when feeling emotionally stuck. Unresolved emotions can manifest into blockages in the body.
Listen to peaceful slow and soothing music
There is nothing more helpful in setting a relaxing environment than peaceful uplifting music. Here are a few good soothing albums to listen to during the winter season: