What is Christmas Yoga?
When you Google Christmas Yoga you'll come back with a bunch of poses to keep the kiddies entertained. The Christmas tree, holiday snowman, Christmas pudding pose! And while these can prove to be fun and games for the whole family, the good news is, there is Christmas yoga out there for the grown-ups too.
How can yoga help me at Christmas time?
Keep you calm and collected
We all know when the kids get over-excited they benefit from a little time out. And the same goes for us. The excitement of Christmas, the build up to the big day, family and friends chipping in, showing up and all the added stresses that come with Christmas during the pandemic may leave us feeling a little overwhelmed.
If you find yourself needing a timeout, first of all know that this is COMPLETELY NORMAL! And then roll out your mat and do a little yoga.
Join an online class and feel the support of a lovely online community and a bit of external connection to others in a similar frame of mind, or just do a few quiet poses by yourself. Connect to your breath, your body, and hit reset.
Keep you grounded
All the extra treats, sugar and booze, makes us jolly, merry and sometimes a little flighty! Incorporating even just one or two postures (or if you can, why not join an entire class!) into your day can really help keep you grounded.
The best time to fit this in for a lot of us is first thing in the morning. Set your alarm 10 minutes early and roll out of bed, onto your mat (roll that out the night before) and just do a couple of your favourite poses. Stretch it out, breathe deep and set some grounding intentions for the day ahead.
Repeat, every day!
Help you digest your food
Oh yes, you can do yoga with a full tummy. A few years ago I learnt the most wonderful 30 minute routine (you can speed it up if you have a little less time) that actually helps to digest your food! Shout out to Jeenal, WYLA. This is one of the most remarkable sequences I have ever experienced.
So, enjoy your food, but take care of your body and mind too! And after dinner, get down on the floor (hit play, video below). It's basically like taking a nap, but instead of leaving you groggy (and still full!), it'll re-energise and refresh you.
Practice alone or with the whole family.
And if you're looking for a live online class to join this Christmas, please feel really welcome to join us here at The Frog Project. For our full Christmas and New Year schedule please click here. And sign up now, start your 15 day free trial, and enjoy yoga this holiday season totally free of charge.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.