As the weather changes, it is particularly important to pay extra attention to your body so that you are not caught in one of the uncomfortable extremes that seasonal changes can bring.
While the weather remains unpredictable during seasonal transitions, there are a few things you can do to help your body stay comfortable no matter what the day brings.
An outfit comprised of several layers can be your best friend as the season changes. Try wearing a snug tank top underneath a thin, long-sleeved shirt with a light jacket on top. With this stylish strategy, you can monitor your body temperature in a practical way by removing layers as you warm up.
The key to layering is to stick with thin, breathable clothing, including garments based on soft cotton or linen. Try to avoid thicker layers, like sweatshirts or wooly sweaters, as these can get you in a “too hot, too cold” pattern of taking a layer off and then putting it back on.
2. The scarf is your friend!
Don’t limit your scarves to a winter wardrobe. As the weather warms up, it can be enjoyable to strip layers down a bit more and some sun Often, however, this leaves yogis with an exposed neck and chest area, which can become vulnerable to a cool breeze. Soaking up the sun rays may feel comforting and energizing when the weather is nice out, but it only takes one cool air to rush in and put you at risk of a sore throat.
Keep a scarf handy to protect this sensitive zone. It isn’t necessary to wear a thick winter scarf – invest in a thin scarf that is more appropriate for spring or summer. Even a small, lightweight scarf wrapped around the neck can be the perfect addition to a tank top that allows you to enjoy the sun rays while providing your throat an extra defense against springtime gusts of wind.
3. Stick with socks.
It can be tempting as a yogi to wear flip-flops to the studio so you can quickly slip them off and get to your favorite spot in the studio faster. However, even if it takes a few extra moments of prep time before class, it is worth it to wear socks and shoes during changing seasons. A surprise spring downpour, or even the cold tile floor, can turn bare feet into cold feet, which can ultimately put you at risk of getting down with the flu.
Having a pair of socks with you also comes in handy at the close of yoga practice, keeping your body temperature at a comfortable level during savasana.
Wearing thin layers, sporting a scarf and packing a pair of socks are three suggestions to help you harmoniously adjust to the changing seasons. As always, remember to do what feels the best for you.