After a couple of days of traveling, feasting, and sitting for long periods of time, you’re bound to feel stiffness in your muscles and joints. There’s nothing like a good yoga session to work out all the kinks of the festive season and the stress that goes along with it. Think of it as a post-holiday detox, the perfect way to de-stress and get you feeling refreshed and back to your old self again (before the mad rush of the season took over!)
The beauty of yoga is that you can shape each session to suit your health and fitness goals. The possibilities are endless. You can craft a yoga sequence for strength and focus, or to target back pain, or as active recovery after a tough workout. There really are no limits.
We have two yoga workouts for you – the first one is a slow, meditative yoga session for calm and tranquility. The second one is a swift-moving core workout that’ll make you sweat. Both yoga sequences will open up your joints and get the oxygen circulating through your muscles and entire body. The best part is, you can do them anywhere.
Post-Holiday Yoga Detox Sequence
This sequence starts in a seated position on the floor with legs outstretched in front of you, and arms at your side. This pose is called Seated Staff Pose. It is the central pose, where we’ll return again, again to refocus on our breathing and find our balance.
– Seated Staff Pose – focus on the alignment of your shoulders, elbows and hips. Hold for 3 deep breaths.
– Upward Plank Pose – repeat 3 times, each time with the breath.
– Seated Staff Pose – this time with the arms circling up with the inhale breath, and into Namaste at the chest for the exhale breath. Repeat 3 times.
– Seated Twist – starting on the left side, hold for three breaths, changing the arm position each time for a deeper stretch.
– Center in Seated Staff Pose before repeating Seated Twist on the right side.
– Bound Angle Pose – hold for 3 breaths.
– Child’s Pose – hold for 3 breaths
– Hero Rolling – sitting up your heels, breathe in and roll forward for the exhale breath. Repeat in a circular pattern for 3 breaths.
Complete the sequence by clasping your hands behind your back in a reverse Namaste, breathing deeply into the stretch.
Next up, as promised is a yoga sequence from our good friend, Heidi Kristoffer. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST Heidi will have a new yoga routine for you to try on Qinetic Live. Check it out:
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