Keep the Stress Away this Holiday Season

One week from today is Christmas Day!

It surprises us every year how fast the holiday season is. We loose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping, and eating. It takes over us and sometimes overwhelms us. For some, this is the most stressful time of the year. We remember ones we have lost, ones that are fighting for our lives, and one that cannot be with us. I know I’m getting very sentimental right now but it is that time of year.

Over the years, I have found that yoga helps to relieve my stress. I am definitely not saying that it eliminates it completely because that would be a miracle. It does help keep me sane though. Today’s pose is one of those I can hold for a long time. It is a stress reducer. If you enjoyed yesterday’s pose, it is ad add on. If you find this hard to do in the middle of the floor, there is another way. You can place your legs on a chair behind you. I will talk about that after I introduce the pose. Stay tuned! Never never turn your head in this pose either.

Today’s pose: Halasana- plow pose- start off laying on your back with your knees bent. Bring yourself up onto your shoulders with legs straight up in the air. Slowly using your core bring your legs behind you and have your toes hit the floor. Once the toes are on the floor, press through the heel . The hands may be supporting your back or they may be down on the floor. Stay here for 3-5 minutes breathing evenly. Slowly bring your legs back over head and safely to the floor.

Variation: place a chair behind you or you may be able to do this with your bed. If a chair is used, please places blanket or two on the chair for comfort. Lay with your head facing the bed or chair. Bring your legs up into the air and then slowly bring them behind you onto the chair or bed. Stay there for a few breaths. Slowly bring your legs back over head and safely to the floor.

What this pose works: transversus abdominis, subscapularis, supraspinatus, obliquus internus, obliquus externus, rectus abdominis, triceps brachii, and the infraspinatus muscles.