By Yasmin Gow
With much to do and many places to go, it’s no wonder that pressure mounts during the holidays. It’s also a time more emotionally charged that than any other. Yoga, of course, is excellent for relieving tension. Many of the principles explored on the mat can be carried into daily life, even if you aren’t a regular practitioner. Find the best benefits of yoga below.
Feel your feet rooted into the earth below you, and lower your centre of gravity into your pelvis. Practice this standing in line at the bank or sitting upright, sitting-bones pressing into the seat of a chair, while breathing consciously.
Yoga Poses to Ground Yourself
Mountain, triangle, warrior I, warrior II & side angle poses
Let Go of Things
With each exhalation, practice the art of letting go by fully emptying the lungs of residual air. This promotes a deep inhalation. Soften your abdomen as much as possible and breathe through the nose for a slower, warmer breath.
Yoga Poses to Let Go
Slow sun salutations & focus on breath in all poses – inhale lengthen, exhale, deepen.
Find Your Equilibrium
Keep your nervous system healthy by balancing action with rest. This increases productivity and happiness. In yoga, postures on one leg or on the hands actually require less effort to be successful.
Yoga Poses to Find Your Equilibrium
Tree, dancer, half-moon, warrior III, crow, handstand.
Free yourself from mental clutter by journaling your stresses and worries. Be honest, swear, even have a ‘pity party’, then burn the paper. Destroying your notes is key to releasing these tensions. If need be, repeat every day.
Yoga Practise for Mental Cleanse
Create an “I am” affirmation & make it your mantra – “I am at ease” means seeking ease in every pose & every activity.
Looking for more resources on yoga? Head over to Vega’s blog post that has our favorite yoga poses to start your day with.
What is your favorite benefit of yoga?