Renew & Restore Detox Kit
- Clear away brain fog
- Ignite your digestive fire
- Rev up your energy
The holidays are full of excitement with preparations and the anticipation of spending time with loved ones. It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of it all and forget to stop and engage in some type of self-care activity. Next thing you know, stress takes a toll and you aren’t able to function at your best because your energy has been depleted.
Thankfully, there are helpful tools available to give you the boost you might need—one of them being the practice of yoga. To help you fully embrace the season with both a sense of calmness and good energy, here are some simple yoga poses for all levels that you can do anywhere and anytime.
As you practice, it’s important to keep in mind the following to help you get the most benefit:
In yoga, great importance is placed on the use of breath as a tool for transformation and is referred to as Prana in Sanskrit, meaning “vital force” or “primordial impulse.” Conscious alterations of the breath through exercises is called pranayama, and when practiced regularly, you can experience improvements in both physical and mental states.
The following breathing exercise is a simple and effective way to begin experiencing the power of the breath and its ability to create calm.
Benefits: Improves quality of breath, quiets and calms the nervous system, reduces stress and anxiety, and increases self-awareness.
Side-bending poses feel great on the body and help to release tension by stretching parts of the body you tend to ignore. This variation will be performed seated to allow for deeper comfort. Combined with some deep breaths, this pose can bring in some much-needed energy and vitality to the body.
Benefits: Increases flexibility in the spine, helping with balance. Aids and regulates digestion, elimination, and metabolism. Helps to relax the mind and body.
This restful pose is an important addition to any yoga routine. Often performed in between difficult yoga poses, Child’s Pose can be a much welcomed respite. It is considered a beginner’s pose, but there are many benefits, including reminding you how good it feels to take a moment to pause and rest every once in a while.
Benefits: Lengthens the spine and gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Soothes the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue.
Modifications: Since this is a resting pose, make sure you are comfortable. Here are some modifications if any tension in the neck, shoulders, or hips is experienced.
Also known as “wind-relieving pose” for its gas-releasing benefits, this pose helps to move stagnant energy from the body. The organs are given a bit of a massage that helps to ease worry and tension. Include this in your regular practice not only for its digestive benefits but also for relaxation and peace of mind.
Benefits: Assists with elimination. Releases tension in the lower back and increases flexibility in the hips. Nourishes the ascending colon.
Modifications: To add a little more heat to this pose, draw your forehead, nose, or chin toward your knee as you bring it toward the chest for a little abdominal exercise.
Performing this pose can help get rid of emotional fatigue and bring balance to your mind and body. Reclining poses in general have a calming effect, and with the added twist in this pose, there is an extra release of tension and emotions that you may be carrying in your body. It is recommended you try flowing from Knee to Chest Pose directly into this twisting pose.
Benefits: Releases tension in the lower back, opens up tight shoulders, increases flexibility in the spine, and improves digestion. Helps to reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
Modifications: For extra support, place a pillow or blanket underneath your bent knee, which will allow you to breathe and relax deeply into the pose.
Any time you begin to feel depleted and things get a bit chaotic, take a few minutes to perform any of these poses to encourage a sense of calm. You deserve to experience the love, peace, and joy that comes with this special time of year.
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.
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