A moving meditation for relaxation during the holidays

WWhether the holidays are a source of excitement or dread for you, your nervous system is going on a rollercoaster ride these days. Stress can activate our fight-or-flight response, while a social event can induce fatigue or excess energy (or both).

“Staying grounded during the holiday season can be challenging,” says yoga teacher, author and Lululemon ambassador Kino McGregor. If you feel like your heart or mind is racing, or you’re breathing heavily, it could be a sign that you need to take some time for yourself.

One way to do this is to focus on your breath, find stillness and do some gentle movements.

“With a short moving meditation, you can tap into a natural state of calm within yourself,” says McGregor. Whether you want to arrive at your in-laws in a more balanced state, or need to cool down after a great party, give this sequence a shot to give yourself some peace in the midst of the madness.

A ‘moving meditation’ to find calm during the holidays

Constructive resting posture

  1. Begin lying on your back and bend your knees. Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and rest your knees against each other. Place the tailbone on the ground. Let the shoulder blades nestle gently under the upper back. Place your hands anywhere that is comfortable for you, perhaps resting on your stomach or chest. close your eyes
  2. Focus on deep abdominal breathing and try counting back breaths from 10 Say to yourself, “10 in, 10 out, 9 in, 9 out” to bring awareness to your breath, body and mind.

Reclining twist

  1. Continuing from constructive resting pose, bring both knees into the chest, gently hugging the shin bones.
  2. Extend the left leg and bring the right knee close to your chest.
  3. Reach around the outer edge of the right knee and hold the right knee with the left hand.
  4. Exhale and gently draw the right knee across the centerline of the body and towards the floor on the left side of the torso.
  5. Inhale again and lift the right arm up to create space and length in the torso.
  6. Exhale and open the right hand to the right side and look at it.
  7. Stay for 10 to 20 breaths and then repeat on the other side.

Do the opposite

  1. Continuing from the reclining twist pose, bring both knees back into the chest and gently hug the shin bones.
  2. Inhale and lift both legs towards the ceiling, pointing the legs and drawing the legs towards each other.
  3. Place both hands on the torso or under the hips for a little extra support. Close your eyes for deep relaxation.
  4. Stay for 10 to 20 breaths, and then return to constructive resting posture.

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