I'm off to the snow for the holidays, and as an Australian ex-pat I can't wait for my first white Christmas and evenings spent huddled around the fire with hot cocoa or mulled wine. While I love playing in the snow or looking at it from a warm chalet, being outside in those freezing cold temperatures isn't always my idea of fun. So, of course, I was thrilled to come across this simple breathing trick to warm up from our friends at PureWow. This handy yoga technique can be used anytime, anywhere. Scroll down to find out how.
Focus on the breath.
Start by holding your hand up to your face, inhale deeply and exhale through your open mouth, similar to how you would fog up your reading glasses before cleaning them. Your exhale should resemble a deep "haaaaa" sound.
Re-create this sound.
As you continue breathing, drop your hand and close your mouth. Then recreate the same "haaaa" sounds while you breathe in and out through your nose. As you do this, lightly contract the back of your throat to push the air both ways. Repeat these two steps at least 10 times.
So why does it work? Since this exercise actually engages your throat and respiratory muscles, it builds heat internally.
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