The holidays are upon us and it's very easy to overlook your yoga practice with so many holiday parties, shopping and extra work to finish before vacations. I find that on my busiest days, even if I can't make a class at the studio, if I can carve out just 5-10 minutes for my yoga practice it leaves me feeling, rejuvenated, happy and grateful. Here are five of my favorite postures I practice when I'm in a crunch for time. I recommend holding each one for 5-10 breaths to help you slow down and find peace for a few moments in your busy day.
Uttanasana (Standing forward fold)
Wake up your hamstrings, lower back and sooth your mental body. With all the sitting we do every day, this is a must to add to your daily practice.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog)
One of the most widely celebrated yoga poses, this pose is straight up rejuvenating and encompasses so much!
Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
Trouble staying focused? On mental overload? Fold forward to help your distracted mind unwind. Lift your arms up and hinge from your hips as you fold forward to stretch your entire spine.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose)
Turn your holiday brain off and rejuvenate heavy, tired legs. This is a great counter posture to our forward bends.
Balasana (Child's pose)
Child's pose is an incredibly restful, simple pose to practice. When anxiety strikes this is an effective, mind-replenishing, asana. You can play around with different variations of wide knees (pictured) vs knees together or arms stretched out in front of you (pictured) or folded back towards your feet.
By Instructor Jason Ackerman
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