Ho Ho Yoga— Holiday Health

 

 

If you’ve noticed the chill in the air getting a little thicker or the days getting shorter, don’t second guess yourself. You’re not seeing/feeling things; that’s what happens in December. A0ZLU5X6WN

But despite the cold weather and the longer nights, it’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year. Just give it a few more days; Peppermint candies and Sugar cookies will begin to magically appear everywhere and everything will start to feel cozier.

However, as most of us all know, the cozier things are, the sleepier we get. And once you’re in hibernation mode, there’s a very low chance that you will be able to come out of it before winter is over.

C43FA3A921And while being able to sleep for long periods of time is nothing short of joy on earth, you don’t want to sleep too long; you’ll miss out on the main events of the holiday season.

But fret not; there’s always a little something you can do to get your blood pumping and stay awake. If it’s no more than a ten minute walk, a little exercise throughout the holiday season will keep you up and ready to go.

However, this week in particular, we discovered a very special exercise treat for you that will definitely make anyone’s work out a little bit more festive. If you’re following the latest trends, you know that one of the newest and most productive work out crazes is Yoga. A Yoga workout not only strengthens your body, but your mind as well, making it a double threat workout for any willing participant. But as you are probably wondering, what does this have to do with us?

We like Yoga but we like the holidays too. So after a little snooping, we found a workout that combines the two— holiday pose Yoga.

We’re not joking, this is serious. We found a plethora of holiday yoga poses that you can do to get festive and stay fit. And being the great gift givers that we are, we wanted to share with you our favorite ones. Isn’t that great?

So without further adieu, we give you our favorite holiday Yoga poses. Enjoy!

Penguin

Penguin
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Stand with your feet together and come up onto the tips of your toes. Bend your elbows and snuggle the backs of your hands under your armpits. Hold for 10 breaths and release.

Stocking 

Stocking
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Begin on your belly, either with your hands underneath you or in line with your chest. Take a couple of deep inhalations, and on the third inhalation lift your legs into the air as high as you can, using the strength of your buttocks and core. Hold for 5-10 breath and lower down slowly.

Snow Plow

Snow Plow
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Begin lying on your back and bring your toes up and over your head and your hands to your lower back. See if you can touch your toes on the floor, or if not, just keep your legs parallel to the ground. Try releasing your
arms to the mat, keeping most of the weight in your shoulders. Hold for up to 3 minutes, return your hands to your back and slowly lower yourself to the ground.

Candy Cane

Candy Cane
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Stand with your feet together, hands raised about your head in prayer position and fold to the right. Aim to keep your elbows glued to your ears and shoulders relaxed. Hold for 5-10 breaths, come back to center on an inhale and repeat on the left.

 

 

 

 

And there you have it, a little Yoga cheer to get you through the holidays! 


Sources

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