Ready to Destress From the Holidays? Try a 3-Pose Christmas Yoga Sequence

Christmas Yoga

Whether you love them or not, the holidays find a way to tax our bodies and minds. Spending hours on the internet or roaming the stores shopping and cooking, the constant temptation to overeat and drink, navigating the holiday parties and social events all take their toll. As hard as we may try to maintain some sense of ease during the holidays, we find ourselves often bombarded with more stress than any other time of the year. So how can you stress less and enjoy more this holiday season? Add this Christmas yoga sequence to your day to stretch and relax tension away.

Christmas Yoga Sequence to Relieve Tension

Christmas Yoga Sequence
  1. Start off by sitting in the Sukhasana (Easy Pose).
  2. Now, position your legs so the soles of your feet are touching each other. Your knees should be bent. Feel free to prop a rolled blanket, hand towel or yoga block on the underside of your thigh if needed.
  3. Try to position your feet as close to your pubic area as possible.
  4. Grasp your feet with your hands and sit up with your back as straight as possible.
  5. Inhale and slowly lean forward. If possible, place inside of forearms on calves.
  6. Exhale and gently press down on your calves with forearms or elbows until you feel tension or tightness. Hold for 3-4 deep breaths.
  7. Inhale and transition to Seated Side Bending pose.

Seated Side Bending Pose

Easy Yoga Pose
  1. Start back in Sukhasana (Easy Pose).
  2. Keep your right palm on the floor close to your right hip and fingers pointed out to the side.
  3. Inhale and gently lift your left arm above your head and palm facing inward. (Be mindful that you stop where you feel tension or tightness)
  4. Exhale and stretch to the right so that your right-hand slides away from you. Focus on keeping your right hand and forearm pressed lightly into the floor for stability.
  5. Press both the sitting bones on the floor and push the crown of the head upward to lengthen the spine. Feel the left side of your body lengthening from your hip to fingertips as you reach your left hand to the ceiling. (Be mindful that you stop where you feel tension or tightness.)
  6. Remain in this pose for 3-4 deep breaths.
  7. Exit the pose by inhaling and lifting the torso as you slowly bring your left hand down. Then, exhale as you gently push with your right hand safely back to an upright position.
  8. Inhale as you come back into Sukhasana (Easy Pose) and repeat on other side.
  9. Inhale and transition to Extended Leg Seated Side Stretch.


Extended Leg Seated Side Stretch

Christmas Yoga Sequence
  1. Starting back in Sukhasana (Easy Pose), extend the left leg out 45 degrees. Bring the right foot in as close to your pubic area as possible. Slide the left arm over the left leg and hold onto a strap or belt to help ease any tightness.
  2. Inhale and reach the right fingers gently up towards the ceiling. Feel the right side of your body lengthening from your hip to fingertips. (Be mindful that you stop where you feel tension of tightness.)
  3. Allow the chest to stay open and facing forward. Keep gaze looking forward or carefully turn your chin towards your raised right arm.
  4. Remain in this pose for 3-4 deep breaths.
  5. To release: inhale and slowly bring the right hand back down, then release the strap on the left foot. Place a hand under the left knee and help lift the leg back into Sukhasana (Easy Pose).
  6. Exhale as you switch legs and repeat on other side.

Remember to breathe deeply and focus on relaxing your muscles. Repeat as many times as you like. This Christmas yoga sequence is great to relieve tension and alleviate stress during the holidays, or any time of the year!

Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.




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