Best yoga moves to beat seasonal stress
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No wonder that with all the deadlines crashing, gift lists, shopping, preparations, you are left with zero time to focus on yourself. Luckily, you don’t need much time and effort to get back to normal. Some key yoga poses can help you dial down your holiday stress.
Why it helps: You should pay attention on so many fronts right now, including family, work, friends, bringing the festive atmosphere in the home with all the decorations and festive meals that make your brain overdriven. Eagle pose can help you keep the concentration as you wrap yourself into the pose and focus on keeping the balance. Additionally, you’ll also stretch your shoulders and upper back, while strengthening your butt and legs.
How-to: While with arms at sides, bend the knees slightly balancing on right foot, then cross left thigh over right, hooking them around the back of right calf. Extend arms in front of you. Bring right arm under left elbow, and press the palms together, than lift arms, keeping shoulder pressed down. Hold for some seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Why it helps: Whatever the cause of the tension is, try star pose: It’s a restorative posture that lets you take a mental break and not just relieving the physical strain. Plus, it’s a great way to release tension in the hips, which many of us develop by focusing on forward-motion activities like running and walking.
How-to: Sit on the floor. Bend knees out to the sides, bringing together soles of feet. Hinge forward from hips, lowering the upper body toward feet. Touch the toes with your palms. Hold for some time, than sit back up.
Extended Side Angle Pose
Why it helps: It is usual that you’re working long hours in order to save up some days off for the holidays the holidays, which often mean you’re spending a lot of time sitting. Extended side angle pose opens up the whole side of your body, bringing more air and energy into your lungs.
How-to: While standing with your feet wide apart, extend arms out to shoulder height with palms faced down. Turn left foot out for 90 degrees while turning right foot slightly in. Bend left knee for 90 degrees with left knee faced over the heel and opening up right side of body, lift the right arm over your head. If you’re flexible enough, bring left hand to the outside of your left leg. Hold, then switch sides.