When winter sets in, cranking up the thermostat and cuddling under a blanket with some hot cocoa isn’t the only way to warm up. Next time it’s freezing cold, sleeting, and/or snowing outside, try this yoga routine from Danielle Karuna, advanced certified yoga teacher and co-founder of Provita Living from the comfort of your own (warm) home. “By linking your breath with vigorous movement, you can naturally stoke your inner fire and build up heat,” Karuna says.
Unless otherwise noted, she recommends using ujjayi breath for this yoga routine — while breathing through your nose, slightly constrict the back of the throat. This is that Darth Vader-like breathing you may have noticed in yoga class. Your inhales and exhales should match in audibility and length.
“Ujjayi is called a victorious breath because it is said to enable you to become present as you focus on the sound of the breath and get out of your head,” Karuna says. Since you keep your mouth closed, it also helps generate heat. But don’t stress over the breath or these poses. Listen to your body and have fun working up a sweat.