Yoga to Relax During the Holiday Season
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
- 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
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