[tps_header]The winter holidays are here! Getting together with friends and family to celebrate the festivities can be a lot of fun, but can also get a bit overwhelming and stress-inducing, too. We all know the holidays can be tremendously busy with shopping, planning, traveling, changes in our diet and sleep patterns and time spent with family (who we all love – but can sometime push our buttons). Tension during the holidays is common for many of us. Need a little help dealing with holiday stress? We have five simple, soothing and restorative yoga poses to help calm you and release tension in your body and mind that can naturally occur as we move into this season.
When holiday-related stress strikes, the best thing to do is step away for a few moments and indulge in a little bit of self care or as I like to call it, “Me Time.” These 5 poses are just the thing to help you unwind, relax and recharge.[/tps_header]
Child’s Pose | Balasana
This is one of my favorite postures for relaxation. You can feel your body and mind letting go and your tension releasing! If you only have time to do one pose during the busy holidays, I highly recommend this one. 5 to 20 minutes of this pose does wonders for the mind, body & soul. This posture calms the mind (central nervous system), thus helping relieve stress & tension. It also gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs and knees and relaxes your spine, shoulders and neck.
Start out sitting on your knees, with your bottom on your heels. Inhale and as you exhale, fold your body forward with a straight back. Rest your upper body on your knees and your forehead on the floor. Stretch your arms out in front of you or leave them resting by your side. Do whatever feels better to you – this pose is about letting go. Stay here for as long as you like, focusing on your breathing.
Tip: You can also try a supported variation and place a bolster, pillow or folded blankets underneath your torso to lie on.