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Does Winter make your Joints pain or Arthritis worse? Here are the tips for winter joint health.

It is important that we change with the seasons just as nature does by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. There is a rule in Ayurveda that “like attracts like.” That is why the kapha and vata doshas can become provoked and aggravated during the dry, dark, cold months of Winter. If kapha or vata are triggered, leaving you more susceptible to colds, poor circulation, joints pain and negative emotions.

Here are the most important tips that can help you to manage or prevent from arthritis or joints pain.

Tips 1 :- Choosing Right Yoga Posture

Prevent the joints from giving pressure rather work on strengthening close muscles group.

For eg. If there is knee joint issues, thighs strengthening postures has to be done. Posture should be stable and balanced, so that practitioner can hold the posture for few minutes. In this posture, toes are flexed, knee cap is locked, thighs are tighten and navel is sucked in, which are very important alignment to get best possible benefits

Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.

Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads. 

Tips 2:- Yoga with wall support.

Wall yoga posture is easily accessible and stable for longer period, which builds heat in the joints & body. Refer to below link to learn wall yoga sequence for joints pain, back pain, leg pain & arthritis pain.

Yoga with wall support

Tips 3:- Expert Advice

Its always good to take therapy expert guidance, if you are suffering with any joints pain or arthritis. With any style of yoga, you can improve it, but you can also hurt as well. However, if you are a beginner, it is must to seek proper advice and training to be most benefitted. Then, you should choose a yoga style that matches your current fitness level as per your age and problems, as well as your personality and goals for practicing it.

Tips 4:- Winter Food

If your natural tendency is to eat warmer and spicy meals during the winter, you are on the right track! In response to cold weather, the body constricts the pores on your skin and the superficial connective tissue to prevent heat loss. This directs heat away from the peripheral tissues and into the body’s core. Because of this, your appetite becomes stronger in Winter. However, although we are designed to eat more in the winter, the selection of foods is still important. Try to pick foods that will keep your immune system vibrant and that minimise congestion.

Avoid Sour things like curd, lemon, grapes, oranges, tomatoes and also high rich protein, which forms more uric acid deposition in the joints, resulting in severe pain.

Add warm milk with one teaspoon turmeric & fenugreek seeds powder before going to bed.

Tips 5:- Taking Sun Energy & mustard oil massage.

Sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D (which is crucial to ward of illness), relaxes the muscles, combats seasonal disorders. At the same time mustard oil is a wonderful all-organic ointment that can recover your physique discomfort, muscle mass soreness and other joints pain. Mustard essential oil encourages blood flow and mitigates the pain on muscles and important joints.

Heat mustard essential oil and put 2 cloves of garlic in it. Warmth the essential oil with garlic clove. Now bring it to normal and apply around the upper body and back, before taking bath or before going to bed. Mustard oil and garlic would warm entire body and reduce the problems of joints & arthritis.
Yoga with Sun Energy

So my friends!! you must experience yoga with sun energy and oil massage in winter. Book a trial class for Heliotherapy Yoga in Bangalore, @ BMS Hospital.

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