Which is why the popular, expanding national brand created a series of holiday season poses designed to alleviate some of the common stressors that pop up this time of year—from broken ornaments to endless gift wrapping—each of which comes with a cute name and yogis demo-ing in cozy outfits from the curated holiday fashion collection sold in studios.
“Getting calm and focused at this time of year is literally a present for those in your life; they get more of you,” Peterson adds. (Centered, happy you, that is. Not frenzied, frantic you.)
And lest you only have time for a quick tree pose dedicated to admiring your shimmering tree, don’t fret. “Holding a pose for one to two minutes will create a subtle energy shift and a gentle flush of blood into different organs and systems in the body,” she says, “so the benefits are still great even if you only have time for a pose or two a day.” —Lisa Elaine Held
(All Photos: CorePower Yoga)
Tree pose/ vrksasana
For moments when you need to get back to a place of balance or re-focus your frenzied energy. You know, like after your dog attacks the perfectly decorated Christmas tree.
Standing half moon pose/ardha chandrasana
For after holiday parties filled with lots of tasty treats, when you need to open up and de-bloat.
Stand at attention/samasthiti
For calming the mind when you’re freaking out about having enough time to bake six different kinds of cookies.
Warrior 2 pose/ virabhadrasana II
For building leg strength and (both physical and emotional) endurance to prep you for lengthy checkout lines.
Rag doll circles/ uttanasana
For releasing tension wherever and whenever you need to, like after hours of gift wrapping.
In moments when you need a little more oomph, try these five no-equipment-needed workouts for holiday travel.
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