5 Yoga Poses To Decrease Stress During The Holidays – INFLOWSTYLE

5 Yoga Poses To Decrease Stress During The Holidays

Posted: Dec 12 2016

The holidays can get crazy, busy and sometimes downright stressful. We sat down with certified yoga teacher, Melissa Burch, to discover her top 5 yoga positions for decreasing tension and staying grounded this season. 

Pose 1: Seated cat/cow

Begin seated. Root down evenly through both sit bones elevate through the crown of the head. Place your palms facing down on your kneecaps and inhale to draw your chest forward, allowing your head to naturally fall back. Exhale to round in the spine and tuck your chin toward your chest. Repeat 4-6 times.

CAT COW | INFLOWSTYLE
CAT COW | INFLOWSTYLE
CAT COW | INFLOWSTYLE

Pose 2: Tree Pose 

While this posture has many physical benefits, the mental and emotional benefits are outstanding. This pose almost immediately allows one to feel more balanced throughout mind and body and provides an overall rejuvenation. Hold for 15 seconds on each side and work your way up. Make sure to breathe! 

TREE POSE | INFLOWSTYLE
TREE POSE | INFLOWSTYLE

Pose 3: Eagle

This posture is a little more challenging, but can aid in many of the body's ailments. Eagle pose improves digestion, balance and focus. Try to relax as much as possible and feel free to tap the big toe of the top leg on the floor for balance.

EAGLE POSE | INFLOWSTYLE

Pose 4: Eye of the Needle

Many people hold tension or stress in their hips and low back, so this posture is a great way to gently help alleviate some of that tightness. Lie on your back and gently cross your ankle over the opposite knee. Try to keep your whole spine flat on the mat. If you need support, place a blanket underneath your back. If you can't reach your thigh, use a strap or place the foot furthest from you on the wall.

EYE OF NEEDLE | INFLOWSTYLE

Pose 5: Extended legs up the wall

Lie flat on your back with a blanket under your back or head if desired. Scoot as close to the wall as is comfortable and allow your legs to rest completely on the wall. Your blood will circulate back down to your abdomen, allowing your heart to slow down and leaving you feeling warm and relaxed. This is a great pose to do before bed if you have trouble sleeping.

LEGS UP WALL | INFLOWSTYLE

So if you're feeling a bit frazzled, roll out the yoga mat and try these 5 poses for an instant dose of relaxation :) 

About Melissa: 

Melissa is a yoga instructor at Utah State University and Tanaka Balance in northern Utah. She believes that an individual encompasses all the tools he/she needs to change his/her life for the better, and strives to help others see this power through her teaching.

HEAD SHOT MEL BURCH | INFLOWSTYLE

She now teaches eleven classes a week between Utah State University and Tanaka Balance in Logan. She mixes lots of strength building into her flow and balance postures, and her classes are always creative, fun and energetic!

Her favorite Inflow Pieces: "my new matching Onzie set! These pieces feel so good on the skin, and makes it easy to move and breathe. I'm all about matching top and bottom! I also love their GoodhYOUman line, because the fabrics are so soft and their the perfect layers to throw on before or after class." 

Find out more about Melissa at: @melburchyoga

Happy Holidays, 
The Inflow Team xx 

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