What the A to Z of winter wellness is all about

When the chill factor drops our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health. In a bid to stay focused (or re-focus) this winter, we've called on the smarts of holistic health expert, Dr Libby Weaver to help compile our interactive A to Z of Winter Wellness. Each weekday we will reveal the next letter and what it stands for in our health file, plus informative graphics and recipe suggestions to help boost your health. Check in to Life & Style every afternoon for your winter wellness inspiration.
- Nicky Park, Life & Style Editor

Y | Yoga by Dr Libby Weaver

Yoga is a wonderful restorative and nourishing practice that has been around for more than 5000 years. Yoga can improve flexibility, tone your muscles, refresh the mind, lower stress levels and strengthen your immune system. Yoga helps you to focus on your breath and is the easiest way of triggering your parasympathetic nervous system, promoting calm and allowing your body to access its fat stores to burn as fuel.

There are many types of yoga, all of which vary in difficulty and intensity and the fitness and flexibility that is required. Start at a level you are comfortable with. It can be good to start with an instructor so you can be guided and supported into the correct positions. Yoga has long been known as an ultimate form of movement for improving wellbeing and longevity. Winter can be a great time to embrace a new form of movement.

Dr Libby Weaver (Ph.D) is one of Australasia's leading nutrition specialists and weight loss experts based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit www.drlibby.com.

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