This time of the year is incredibly busy. Firstly, we run around trying to organise ourselves; then we find ourselves rushing here and there trying to make sure that we have everything we need. As a result of this, the stresses of the season begin taking their toll on our festive spirits. Here are my Top 3 Yoga Poses for Calm, to help you calm your mind and settle your body by taking a few minutes for yourself.
To help combat these stresses, why not step onto your yoga mat? Even 5-minutes of yoga can help to ease the anxieties associated with trying to do it all. For example, yoga can help you to get a good nights’ sleep, and might just improve your mood too! Read more about the benefits of yoga here. Try these yoga poses to get a bit of calm in your life this Christmas.
Balasana or Child’s pose
This is a great pose to rest in and catch your breath. To come into the pose separate the knees apart as wide as is comfortable for you, and place the toes together. Sink the hips back towards the heels, you could use a rolled up blanket or cushion here to make the pose more comfortable. Stretch the arms out in front and place the head onto the floor or onto another pillow or folded blanket. Observe the breath and stay here for up to 5-minutes.
Bhujangasana or Sphinx pose
This gentle backbend provides the spine an opportunity to lengthen and allows the focus to come to the breath. To come into the pose, lay on the stomach and extend your legs behind you. Feet should be as wide apart as the mat, to allow the lower back to feel a little more comfortable. Place the forearms on the floor, elbows just under the shoulders. Stay in this pose for up to 3-minutes, then rest in child’s pose.
Paschimottanasana or Caterpillar Pose
Forward folds allow us to go inside our own minds, giving us the opportunity to slow down and focus on our breath. In this variation you can bend the knees, place a rolled up blanket or bolster underneath them. This takes the stretch out of the hamstrings and into the spine. Stay here for up to 5-minutes before resting in savasana.
These Top 3 Yoga Poses for Calm are just the tip of the iceberg. As a result of this I’ve created a Calm Course, which has been designed specifically to help you create more calm in your daily life. Firstly we have 5 dedicated yin yoga videos, all themed around tranquillity and calm. Next you can will have lifetime access to this course, including all updates. Finally, there are some bonus meditations to amplify your journey to calm.