This time of year is super stressful for everyone. Gift lists a mile long. Crowds at every single store. Increased traffic. Finances. Baking. Cleaning. Over doing it at parties (eating and drinking). Time with extended family (ones you like and the ones you try to avoid). Travel with long delays. And just plain over committing to everything. Just writing all that made my stress level go up!
At times I feel myself getting wrapped up into the commercialism of the Holidays. I feel like I need to keep up with the Jones’. As my shoulders start to creep up towards my ears, I feel the tension building in my trapezius and back muscles. A pounding headache follows. But then I have to take a step back and ask “Why?” Why do I feel this need?
Once I give myself a stern talking to, I then turn to working on the tension that’s built up in my muscles. My favorite de-stresser (besides running) is Yoga.
A full yoga session always does the trick but there are times when I don’t have that option. Enter my five go-to poses for stress relief. These can be done anywhere for as long as you have available. Go with how you feel in the poses. If it feels uncomfortable, don’t force it. These poses are meant to be restorative and restful.
Note: I had planned on doing a little vlog for you all but time did not permit. If you need proper instruction on each move, please consult a yoga teacher or Yoga Journal.
Don’t let the Holidays bring you down and leave you a bundle of nerves. Take time to enjoy the things that really matter in your life. All the rest is just details.
If you are looking for ways to start a home practice, here’s a few great places to start that are having deals right now:
Yoga Download – 12 days of specials on classes till December 25th!
My Yoga Online – Try it for FREE till Christmas day!
Gaiam TV – Another great offer to try it FREE for 10 days!
Take time for yourself and ENJOY!
Oh before I forget, the winner of the Under Armour Armour Bra is:
#42 Jill (@jkasparbauer)!
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your full name, mailing address and what size Armour Bra by Tuesday, December 18th. If I don’t hear from the winner by then, a new one will be picked. You can check out the sizes here. Congrats!
Question for you – what are your favorite stress relieving yoga poses?