Want to recapture the childlike wonder you used to feel on Christmas morning? Back when you actually wanted to wake up before dawn? One way to get into the spirit of the season is to give yourself the gift of yoga before the festivities begin. “A merrier Christmas is so much more than great gifts,”. The older we get, the harder it is to feel sustained presence. That’s what makes childhood memories so magical. There were no worries, no interruptions.”
Whether it’s flexibility, core strength, or balance, each pose provides a different challenge, so approach them all with a playful attitude and use your imagination to see if you can create any other festive poses.
These can be done on Christmas morning or anytime this holiday season (whatever you’re celebrating). These postures are grounding and will help you slow down, take your time, and enjoy those moments that deserve to be savoured.
Christmas Tree Pose
Begin standing with your feet together and come up onto your toes. Slowly lower yourself down into a squat, squeezing your buttocks to open your hips as wide as you can. Lift your arms above your head and join your palms. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Bend your right leg behind you and take hold of the outside edge of your right foot of ankle with your right hand. Gradually press your foot into your hand, extending your spine and reaching your left hand to the sky. Hold for 5-10 breaths, release your leg and repeat on the other side.
Begin in a high plank position and lift your right arm and right leg. Keep your hips lifted and buttocks squeezed. Hold for 5-10 breaths, release back to plank and repeat on the other side.
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.