Happy Thanksgiving week, to all of our American friends, and happy OMG it’s almost the end of November to everyone else!
This week for #holidaysweat we’re focusing on having fun … and also de-stressing with some zen-bringing yoga. Between traveling, time with family, and lots of feasting, this week—and this whole season—can bring a host of stress along with the merriment, so we’ve created a quick yoga flow that can help you step back, destress, and ease some of those travel aches and pains. You can do these poses anywhere: in a cramped hotel room, next to the pull-out sofa at your in-laws, or even in the airport.
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Of course, check with your healthcare provider before starting anything new, and modify as works for your body!
1. Child’s pose
Start in a kneeling position with your toes touching and your knees about hip distance (or wider, if you’re trying to accommodate a baby bump…). Lay your torso out over your knees and reach your arms forward with your forehead resting on the floor.
Take at least 5 (or more!) deep breaths in this pose.
2. Cat-Cow pose
Come up to hands and knees. As you inhale, arch your spine and lift your hips and head up to the ceiling. As you exhale, curve your spine and tuck your hips and head down.
Repeat 5 times. If it feels good, you can also incorporate some side to side motions to ease any extra kinks in your spine.
3. Rabbit pose
Starting on your knees, with your knees and feet about hip width apart, curve your spine down until the top of your head rests on the floor. Reach your hands toward your feet and hold on to your feet, ankles, calves (or whatever is available to you).
The goal is to get your forehead touching your knees – but work with what you’ve got!
Most of your weight should be in your legs, NOT in your head and neck.
Take at least 5 deep breaths in this pose.
4. Reclining Twist
Twists help with digestion, low energy, and back pain. What’s not to love? For this one, lie on your back with your arms out to your sides in a T position, your feet on the floor, and your knees comfortably bent. Move your knees to the right and turn your head to the left. If possible, keep both shoulder blades on the floor.
Take 5 deep breaths, then switch sides.
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