5 Yoga Poses To Prep For Christmas

Christmas is a season of love and joy. It calls for celebration with your family and friends. But the roller coaster ride of hosting festive feasts and attending holiday parties may take a toll on your body. It is always better if you prepare yourself mentally and physically as you embrace this holiday season. Yoga is one way to keep you calm and focused. These 5 yoga asanas will get you ready for a cheerful yet hectic season.

1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

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  • Stand in Tadasana pose.
  • Shift your weight onto your left leg and then lift your right leg folding at the knee.
  • Place the sole of the right foot up against the upper left inner thigh with toes pointing downwards.
  • Once you have established your balance, place your palms together in front of your chest in a prayer position.
  • Stretch arms above your head, look straight ahead.
  • Keep taking in long deep breaths.

Tree pose improves balance and stability in legs. It rejuvenates your body as it stretches your

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legs, arms, and back. If you cannot concentrate on your Christmas preparations, then you should definitely try vrksasana. It helps in increasing your concentration and memory.

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2.Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

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  • Stand in Mountain Pose.
  • Spread your legs 3 to 4 feet apart.
  • Raise your arms parallel to the floor with palms down.
  • While exhaling slowly, turn your right foot at 90 degrees to the right.
  • Bend your right knee at a 90-degree angle causing the shin to be perpendicular to the floor.
  • Look toward your right hand.
  • Hold the pose for several breaths.
  • Keep your spine straight and perpendicular to the floor.

Warrior Pose will give you that extra energy you needed for the Christmas season by augmenting your stamina. Besides, practicing warrior pose strengthens your feet, hips, and arms. It also tones your abdominal muscles and helps in mitigating backaches.

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3. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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  • Sit on your
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    heels.
  • You can keep your knees apart or together.
  • Bend forward and lay your torso between your thighs as you exhale.
  • Keeps your arms alongside your body, with palms facing up.
  • You can stay in the pose from anywhere between 30 seconds to a few minutes.

Child’s pose is good at easing fatigue. As it is a resting pose, it brings you physical and emotional comfort. It also increases blood circulation and strengthens hips, thighs, and ankles.

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 4. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

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  • Take Tadasana position.
  • Spread your feet, 3 to 4 feet apart.
  • Turn your right foot away from your body, your toes pointing outward.
  • Move your left foot slightly inward.
  • Raise both hands, parallel to the floor with palms facing the floor.
  • Inhale and bend your body to the right, downward from the hips as you exhale.
  • Keep your right hand on your right shin.

Triangle pose is one of the best stress busters. Apart from reducing blood pressure and anxiety, it enhances functions of blood throughout the body. You will also

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get relief from backache and neck stiffness as it stimulates spinal nerves.

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5. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

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  • Stand in Tadasana and shift your weight onto one leg.
  • Inhale and bend the knee of the other leg, bringing it backward.
  • Grab hold of the ankle or foot with the hand of the same side.
  • Find your balance and move the knees to make it in align with the hip joints.
  • Inhale and stretch the arm of opposite side directly up from the shoulder, towards the ceiling.

When you multitask, dancer pose will come in handy for you. It develops greater flexibility in your spine and shoulders. You will also learn how to focus your thoughts. In addition, it will improve your posture and your balance.

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Holidays can be a season of stress. Don’t let tiredness creep into your Christmas plans. Make some time for these yoga asanas and refresh yourself and enjoy.