Yoga gets the blood in the body flowing! Relaxation helps circulation, movement brings more oxygen to your cells (which function better as a result), twisting brings fresh oxygenated blood to organs, and inversions reverse blood flow from the lower body to the brain and heart.
How to improve our circulation?
Poor circulation can be caused by many things: sitting for most of the day at a desk or in the car, high cholesterol, blood pressure issues, and even diabetes. It can also manifest in many ways, with the body showing signs of:
- cold hands and feet
- muscle cramps
- brittle hair and nails
- dark circles under your eyes
Luckily, there are almost as many ways to combat it as there are symptoms. You can try:
- holistic medication
- healthy balanced diet
- moving the body with exercise
Movement is key to wellness on many levels, including circulatory health. Yoga is not only one of the most accessible types of exercise (it’s low impact and can be practiced by everyone at all levels), but it’s also one of the best types of exercise for poor circulation.
The below sequence of poses will be a great addition to your self-care and wellness routine. This is especially for you if you’re dealing with circulation issues, no matter what their cause or physical manifestation in your body.
I have been guiding some of our students through the yoga sequence this week. It has been put together in a way that will allow you to explore the asana and yourself while also becoming familiar with the sense of moving inwards again and encouraging your prana (energy) to flow freely, as it should.
I do hope you enjoy the practice and feel its benefits, and I look forward to seeing you in practice later this week!