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Four Healing Yin Poses For the Festive Season

December 9, 2016 by Gail Asbell

The festive season seems to be starting earlier and earlier these days, with Christmas parties and gatherings taking up weekend’s months before the 25th of December. While it’s a very fun time of year, it can start to eat into sleep, healthy eating, and of course making it to the mat. We have some fail safe yin poses that we practice at home when the weekend gets a little larger than planned and we are low on time and energy.

Sphinx Pose – For when you’re low on energy

Sphinx pose is a really restorative backbend. Lying on your belly, rest on your forearms, with your elbows under the shoulders. From here there is a small compression into the lower spine, allowing blood and energy to pool there. This pose helps us to reenergize after burning the candle at both ends, but requires hardly any effort on our part. Stay in this shape for around 3-4 minutes for the full effect.

Pigeon Pose – For when you’ve had one too many wines

Pigeon is a deep hip and glute opener. With one shin parallel to the front of your mat/space, extend the opposite leg long behind you. From here either stay on the hands, forearms, or reach the arms all the way out in front. Pigeon pose targets the liver meridian line so is really helpful to boost the body’s detoxifying system. Helping it to rid the body of toxins that come in the form of Shiraz (or whatever your poison is).

Half Saddle pose – For when you’ve eaten too much

 Half saddle pose is a beautiful stretch for the front line of the leg and into the belly and chest. Seated, take one shin parallel to the front of the mat and then tuck the other shin under the thigh with either the toes facing directly behind you or to the side. Either stay here or start to lean back into the hands, on the elbows, or all the way down onto your back. This pose targets the quads and hip flexors, but also targets the stomach and sleep meridian line which can offer relief after a big meal or stomach issues that have arisen from lots of heavy foods.

Supine Twist – For when you’re feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed

Twists are very calming on the body. And supine twists literally communicate to the brain that the body is safe and there is nothing to worry about. Lying on your back, hug one knee to chest, and then use the opposite hand to guide it across your body. Just find a comfortable position with your neck. This pose will slow down the body and allow the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in.

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