Have you ever felt discomfort at having to bundle up in the cold winter weather? Or maybe you were shivering in that air-conditioned supermarket? The brain’s thermostat registers your actual skin temperature and your impression of how cold you think it is. Your muscles then generate heat by shivering, which produces at least 20% of your body’s heat energy. It seems we all experience this when the weather turns cold. It there anything we can do to be more comfortable when the weather changes?
And what about yogis and qigong masters who have the ability to seemingly become impervious to the cold?
How do they do that? When we’re cold-stressed, our body requires higher levels of oxygen consumption. This is where proper breathing comes into play. It helps release a hormone that breaks down fat for heat energy. The central nervous system then releases energy from the adrenal glands and the lower abdomen. When you have a higher level of fitness, the muscles become well oxygenated, and the oxygen demands made by cold temperatures are neutralized. The result is that you’re more comfortable when it’s cold.
The better physical shape you’re in, and the more efficient your oxygen consumption, the less susceptible you are to shivering when the temperature drops. Yogis and qigong masters who focus on their breathing and lower abdominal region are capable of non-shivering thermogenesis. They can sit naked in the snow or take dips in ice water without feeling uncomfortable or cold-stressed.
However, most folks would just like to feel more comfortable once the weather turns frigid during the winter. There’s a simple way you can be more comfortable this winter. It is the practice of qigong.
I’ve personally been able to maintain a very high level of vitality and comfort no matter what the temperature, hot or cold, through my regular practice of qigong. The techniques from my Good Morning Good Evening Qigong course have allowed me to remain comfortable no matter what the thermometer says. Would you like a peek at what I practice? Just click HERE.