Merry Christmas everyone!! I know we’re busy looking after our loved ones and embracing the festivities over Christmas so we’re keeping this short and sweet – because we all know that’s the only way we’ll get moving this season! And whilst Christmas is a glorious time of smiles and good memories, it can also be incredibly challenging with tough family members and the stress of being out of a routine. That’s why it’s so important we look after ourselves with simple yoga to keep calm, relaxed and joyful at all times.
Firstly, take a second to decide when it’s going to be easiest for you to do these stretches, and you’re far more likely to succeed. Remember also to keep the goal at the forefront of your mind. Would it be best to do it in the morning before you start your day with a phrase like ‘I’m happy when I’m calm’? Or are you best to try it before you go to bed, paired with something like ‘today was a good day, and I know I’m going to enjoy tomorrow’? Decide now what fits you best and let’s make it happen!
And here’s a bonus, as they’re all fun and light-hearted – you can do these with kids too!
Sit on your bum with your legs stretched out – reach your arms back and by your sides like you’re holding the reigns and lean forwards and back. Keep your belly button sucked in and your chest proud and warm up your morning with this core pleaser!
Well this ones a bit of fun. Get into Warrior I and on your in breath reach your arms up, splaying your fingers and spreading them wide. Breathe out to drop your elbows to shoulder height and lean back slightly and come in and out of this as you please. Plaster a smile on your face for a bit of silly joy!
This is a little bit cute. Get yourself into Tree by balancing on one leg with the other foot tapping your ankle or tucking in to the top of your thigh. Play around with reaching your arms up and over your head, out to the side and with your hands together in-front of your chest.
Who doesn’t feel like a happy baby at Christmas! Get onto your back and hug your knees into your chest. Pull your knees out to shoulder distance and reach your arms in between your legs. Grab hold of your big toes or outside edges of your feet and keeping your knees bent, draw the soles of your feet up so your ankles are stacked over your knees. Roll around for bonus giggles.
Start standing like a star with legs wide and arms outstretched. On your out-breath twist and pop one hand on the floor in-between your feet and reach the other arm up. Breathe in to come back to the middle, and breathe out to twist the other way. Twinkly.
This is a challenge but feels so elegant. Come to balance on one foot, bending the other leg and grabbing the foot behind you. Breathe in to reach your other hand in-front of you, and breathe out to lean forward and push your hand into your foot. Skate skate!
Also a challenge but if we want to finish off 2019 with a bang, this is the way to do it! It’s a great hip and shoulder opener so if you’re feeling a bit achy after all the festivities, this will sort you right out. Start by standing and folding forwards over your legs. Keep both fingertips on the floor and kick your right leg back, peel your hip up so it stacks on top of the other and bend your knee. Keeping your left fingertips on the ground, reach round and grab your foot with your right hand (if you can’t don’t worry, just keep reaching!). Push into your hand with your foot much like in Ice-Skater and enjoy for a few breaths! Switch over to the other side when you’re done 🙂
Phew! Good job guys! It’s always a bit of fun to play around with poses and remind ourselves of the joy of being a kid again, and when best than to do it than at Christmas.
And continue that joy and calm with me and my Leading Ladies over in my Yoga LIVE group where we get together 3x a week to do 20 minute live sessions. We focus on calming our busy brains and strengthening our over-used bodies so we can sleep better, love better and live better for just $10 a month. And you can get 2-weeks free if you join today. Join us right here and I can’t wait to see you blossom in 2020.