woman doing yoga standing pose bending forward.

It’s Time

Does anyone need to be told that winter is coming? And so is the cold and flu season.

Daniel and I have been away from home on an autumn caravan trip to the Central Desert. We joined forces with Aboriginal Desert women to form an a capella choir. A temporary community of 140 indigenous and non-indigenous singers. They sang songs in our language and we sang in their several languages.

Aboriginal women's choir at the Big Sing in the Desert

Unfortunately, as we completed the weekend, Daniel and I began to experience flu symptoms. My dear doctor from Old Bar was convinced that we would get off scot-free. Arriving back home in mid-June, we would get our flu shots, and all would be fine.

This is day three of my misery. Every day I’m hopeful, and every day I’m mired in congestion and sore muscles. Never have I missed my yoga studio so much and all those yummy props. It’s very uncomfortable being on the road and being sick.

Yoga is one of the most powerful medicines in the winter months. Postures, pranayama, relaxation and meditation are tools to boost your immune system. These practices lower stress hormones, and strengthen the respiratory organs, lymphatic system and overall circulation.

No matter where your travels take you, it’s still possible to do meditation and relaxation. Those tools have been invaluable for me.

Supported Bridge Pose

If I were in my yoga studio, I would be doing Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose).

Doing it twice in your practice Setu Bandhanda Sarvangasana for 5 to 10 minutes adds to its value.

Here’s how to do it:

Lie back over a bolster in a passive backbend. Rest your feet on an upright block at the wall. Check your shoulders are on the floor. You can bind your legs together just above your knees with a belt to keep your back relaxed. Then, once you’re settled, release the front of your neck and stay for at least 5 minutes.

 

image of woman in yoga pose reclining over bolster and blocks

 

Yoga Nidra

Regularly practising yoga nidra is another great way to bolster your immune system.

I’ve been a big fan of Richard C. Miller since the 90’s. He’s one of the main proponents of Yoga Nidra practice. He has even put his own particular spin on it, calling it “the meditative heart of yoga.” Check out his website to see what a remarkable difference his teaching is making on the planet in all sorts of special populations: http://www.irest.us/