Winter. For most of the nation, the season represents a cold, dreary period to be spent inside, under a warm blanket. But it doesn’t always have to be that way (everything in moderation, as the saying goes). With a positive attitude and a few simple tips, you can turn any desolate frozen tundra into a restorative wellness wonderland!
Don’t fight the season. The sun sets earlier, the days get shorter and inevitably, you’ll go to bed earlier. Surrender yourself to the moons gravitational pull and just do what feels right. Conserve your energy with a night spent binging on Netflix — we won’t judge.
Try a TCM-inspired diet. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the kidney needs extra TLC during cooler months. Try noshing on hearty vegetables, and light cleansing soups. And don’t forget to detox with lots of water and other hydrating beverages.
Twist and cleanse. Again, the body’s filtration system, the kidney, benefits from any yoga posture (asana) that involves twisting. Think of it like wringing out a wet rag. What flushes out are all the excess toxins that have been gumming up the system.
Stave off colds. Seasonal illnesses run rampant in winter, so be sure to gargle with salt water and consume plenty of vitamin C to keep colds at bay. And of course, wash your hands frequently — especially after touching shared surfaces like stair rails, doorknobs or elevator buttons!
Turn your attention inward. Winter is the ideal time to read a new book, practice meditation, journal, and generally focus on self-enriching activities. The most important thing to do is to listen to your body: if you want to hit the slopes, do it. But if your body’s telling you to take it easy, listen.