Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and for many of us, that means the long anticipated wait for the delicious food and being reunited with family and friends is over.
Who else stuffs themselves into oblivion? Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie, oh my! I often forget my stomach isn't as big as my eyes, and end up regretting how much I overindulged on the sweet potatoes. To help us not forget about our health and body as the holiday season begins, why not practice a little yoga to aid your digestive system?
I have picked out my favorite yoga poses, perfect for the whole family to do together if you’re looking for ideas for after dinner bonding time- and make sure to include the kids!
As much fun as it is to have some time off and over-eat yourself into a sleepy daze, it’s important to remember to be thankful for the friendship, love and food that your Thanksgiving will be filled with. These yoga poses are fun for all ages, helping you to remember to share love, gratitude, fun and laughter with others! And, if it's not too cold, try doing these outdoors. The fresh air will be a great combination with these poses.
Seated Spinal Twist-
Begin sitting on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and bring your left elbow to the outside of it, twisting your upper body. Make sure your back and legs remain straight, and bring your right arm behind you, twisting towards your straightened leg. Hold for as long as this feels comfortable, and then switch to the other side.
The sleeping pigeon pose is a bit harder to explain, so bear with me. Begin with both your knees bent and tucked under your chest. Extend one leg back and straighten it out, while keeping the other firmly bent beneath you. Bend your elbows and place them on your mat keeping your head up and looking forward- or you can extend them straight out in front of you and tuck your head between them.
Legs Up A Wall-
Move your mat next to a wall (or tree, if you opt to do this outside), then sit down and face it. Lie back and scoot your butt as close to the wall as it will get, then raise and extend your legs until they're straight on the wall, and you're bent like an "L." Lay your arms out straight on either side of you and breathe in deep for as long as this position is comfortable.
Begin by standing straight. Bend your knees into a squat, stopping a little before the halfway point. Keep your back as straight as possible, and straighten your arms up towards the sky/ceiling. Keep your fingers outstretched. Remain in this pose for however long feels comfortable.
Knee To Chest-
Begin by laying on your back. Bring your knees to your chest and tightly clasp them with your fingers, trying to raise your butt off the mat and towards your feet. Keep your back and neck on the mat for a deep stretch for your spine. Remain in this position for however long feels comfortable.
Corpse Pose- "Turkey Coma"
Ahh, my favorite. Lay back and breathe in and out deeply and allow yourself to relax and fall deeply into your well earned turkey coma.
Have any other poses you love to do to aid digestion, or to celebrate gratitude? Share them in the comments below! Have a great Thanksgiving holiday everyone :)
Sky Andersen holds down the role of blog writer at Yoga Accessories. Currently studying Public Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, she writes for many different publications and is passionate about all things photography, travel and of course- yoga.