Fight the winter blues with yoga
WINTER is the time of year that leaves many of us feeling lethargic, depressed and low on energy but according to the owner of Yoga For Life, Michelle Smail, it is the perfect time to start the self-healing process with yoga.
Originating in India, yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on the mind, body and spirit for well-being and harmony.
Yoga helps people become more aware of their body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement, increasing flexibility and helping with relaxation even in the midst of a stress stricken environment.
Some of the reasons people start practising yoga are to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and more peaceful.
Over the past two years, Ms Smail completed a Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants course, working with specialist Dr Sarbjot Ajit in New Zealand, to offer a complete and individual path to health and well-being.
She said in order for people to live a wholesome life they must balance the Kapha energy which is the slow, damp energy that creeps in during the winter months.
“It is important to remain active to keep your immune system healthy and to actively work toxins out of the body by eating the right foods,” she said.
Ms Smail advises a diet consisting of plenty of warm, moderately spiced soups, root vegetables, grains and plenty of warm drinks to help restore energy.
“A lot of the time our lives are so busy and so connected to stimualtion that yoga is a lovely opportunity to just be quiet for a while and I think our bodies really welcome that,” she said.
Yoga For Life, held at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, has a range of different classes that are designed for all age groups and skill levels.
CORE STRENGTH: Owner of Yoga for Life Michelle Smail performs the gate pose (or Parighasana) which strengthens the side of your torso, stimulates the kidneys, opens your shoulders and helps to reduce neck and shoulder tension. It also helps improve breathing capacity.