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'Tis the Season to be Zen!

Dec 22, 2017
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Do you feel like you're constantly on the go this time of year? Shopping, events, cooking, cleaning, family get-togethers... just BREATHE!

Literally. Yoga has proven to be great for healthy breathing and stretching. And the best part - you don't have to go anywhere to do it!


Space can sometimes be a concern if living in an apartment. However, whether you live in a bachelor or a three-bedroom, here are 5 easy yoga poses that you can do in your apartment.

 

1. Forward-bending Pose

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your hand at your hips.

Bend forward as far as you can, bringing your hands down towards your toes.

If you can't touch your toes, use a yoga strap or a belt.

Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat.

 

2. Downward Dog Pose

Begin on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders facing forward. Your knees should be under your hips.

Curl your toes under and press your hips up to the ceiling.

Make sure your shoulders are open and there is a slight bend in your elbows.

Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat 3-5 times.

 

3. Child's Pose

Begin again on all fours, bring your buttocks onto your heels and your forehead on the floor.

Bring your chest as close to your knees as you can, making sure your arms are extended in front of you.

If needed, put a pillow under your stomach for comfort.

Hold for as long as you'd like.

 

4. Half-wheel Pose

Lie on the floor with your knees bent, legs hip-width apart. Your heels underneath your ankles, arms at your sides.

Press your feet into the floor and your hips up to the ceiling.

Clasp your hands behind your back.

If needed, put pillows or a yoga block under your tailbone.

Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat.

 

5. Corpse Pose

Lie down on your back with your legs apart and your arms out to your sides.

Close your eyes and/or put something over them.

Concentrate on your breath and sinking your body into the floor.

 

If you have the time to visit a Yoga class, check out these studios near you: