5 Yoga Poses You Should Do for an Even Merrier Xmas!

On paper, the holidays are a period of festivity, celebration, and relaxation, a time to indulge a little and let your hair loose. However, for all the lights and the bustle, Christmas and the New Year can pose a stressful time for the best of us. Luckily, however, yoga can be performed anywhere, and it’s an ideal way to get your body moving again or to stretch and iron out those kinks of holiday worries. So let’s add a little more mistle-to-your toe this holiday period with these 5 Yoga Poses You Should Do for an Even Merrier Xmas!

1. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)

A grounding pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadrasana I (or Warrior 1) is the power pose we need in the hectic holiday period. Performed in a lunge stance with arms and chin raised to the sky, it acts as an affirmation of your control over your body and practices calmness in the face of a storm, literal or figurative.

2. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

To the novice yogi, Savasana may seem a feeble pose, but it’s the starting point for all yoga practices and places the body in the best position for healing and grounding.

Contrary to its other name “Corpse pose”, Savasana’s healing benefits include relieving stress, relaxing the mind and body, and helping to lower blood pressure. If the stress of the holidays become too much, simply lay back and let Savasana do its work.

3. Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)

A pose to combat the bloating and indigestion that may accompany a change in diet over the holiday period, Pigeon pose is designed to open the hips while also stimulating the digestive system, promoting a happy tummy. So, if you have a few too many mince pies, this posture, which involves folding forward over one bent leg, will help to relieve some of the discomfort.

4. Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose)

A time for reflection and gratitude for the past year, there is no pose better suited to Christmas and the New Year than the Extended Puppy Pose which bows down to the movements of time and looks forward to the future. With arms stretched forward in a “bow”, you can practice thanks for the memories passed in the last 12 months and decide your resolutions for the upcoming year.

5. Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

Once mastered, the Bridge pose, is the ultimate chest and heart-opening pose. As well as being energising, it can prepare you to open your heart to nurture connections with your close ones over the holiday period.

For the health and fitness enthusiasts among us, the holiday period presents its own challenges: limited gym hours, an alteration in diet, and smaller opportunity windows to take time out to work out can present a feeling of sluggishness, frustration, or discouragement. Right now, just thinking of all those last-minute gifts, traffic jams, and fateful food preparation is enough to send anyone into a little crazy tailspin! We hope the above selected yoga poses help keep you grounded, poised and feeling amazing over what should be a joyous, peaceful and high point of the year!

What yoga poses, tips or mindsets do you have for keeping your body poised over Christmas? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Get every last drop of enjoyment and magical moments out of the soon-to-end year 2019 and launch into 2020 with our motivational articles to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!

Katie Treharne

A lifelong health and fitness enthusiast, and vegetarian, Katie is committed to weight training with the view that all women would benefit from lifting. Aside from that, she is keen on keeping an active lifestyle and has experimented with yoga, kickboxing, and ice skating, to name a few. She's also interested in balancing health and fitness with travel, as a freelance travel journalist too.

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