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Yoga to Relax During the Holiday Season

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December 26, 2017

You can beat holiday stress or blues, and the inevitable fatigue it causes in your body  with my light 15-minute yoga routine that includes yoga poses to destress. It can enable you to calm down, recharge, and restore your mind to its original state of calm — or at least pre-season equilibrium.

Stress and fatigue are sometimes unwelcome visitors in the course of the festive season. Stress can come as it did for me — an un-welcomed 25 hour delay due to British Airways cancelling 100 flights — mine being one of them. I then still had to travel 19 additional hours to reach my destination. Talking about tight hamstrings, achey back, and general hangry-ness. Aside from travels, holiday stress can also be a by-product of cooking big meals for the family, family re-unions in general, obligatory Christmas parties. decorating your home in preparation for the holiday festivities, or attempting to purchase gifts from over- crowded malls (although online shopping can sort you on that front).

Holiday stress can possibly manifest as aches and pains, general anxiety and/or depression, insomnia or poor sleep, and otherwise dampening your spirits aka transforming you into the living grinch of Christmas. It includes the following poses:

  • Spine Stretch
  • Downward Dog
  • Downward Dog Heel Raises
  • Plank
  • Child’s Pose
  • Warrior 2
  • Reverse Warrior
  • Extended Side Angle
  • Mountain Pose
  • Forward Fold
  • Wide legged Forward Fold

Holding these poses with the breath will help ease you back into harmony. Your body will intuitively return to correct, better alignment. As a result, you will regain your strength and experience the relaxation that only yoga can bring.

You don’t need a mat or yoga props, you can do this anywhere with simply you and your breath.

I hope this helps!

Happy Holidays xx


While you are here, check out my wheel pose and downward facing dog tutorial

Plus, don’t miss out on my guide on how to start a home yoga practice. So far I’ve had nearly 500 downloads!

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Lisa London
Koh Tao Island, Thailand

Welcome to my journey of discovery, healing and radical self love. I’m in the process of divorce and I’m using this blog to share my experiences through all the places, things I see around the world. So far I have traveled to more than 50 countries on four continents, and counting. I am a 500 HR Yoga Teacher, and Strala Guide trained by American yogi, Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga. I received a master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a master’s in Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies. I now live on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand, where I guide yoga and seize opportunities for personal growth that I willingly share with those around me. Follow my blog and discover my renewal through food, travel, and yoga.

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