The Must Include Yoga Workout For Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Yoga Workout

Christmas is the time to enjoy and you can now celebrate Christmas without compromising on your yoga workout. This is a holiday workout plan that has been put together in sync with the theme of the occasion. Each pose is related to the birth of the Lord. These Christmas yoga workout regimen helps you lighten your worries about holiday weight gain, at the same time, permits you to enjoy the festivities at ease.

Read on to know what I am talking about…

The 10 Asana Holiday Yoga Workout To Try This Christmas

1. Talasana – Palm Tree Pose:

Talasana – Palm Tree Pose –

A beginners’ pose, it is quite simple and easy to do. Just ensure that your spine is erect and knee caps are pulled up.

How to do:

  1. Stand straight on the mat, feet spread at shoulder width, toes pointing outwards.
  2. Taking a deep inhalation, lift your hands over your head, joining your palms in Namaskar mudra.
  3. Lift you heels gently off the floor, balancing on toes.
  4. Exhale slowly and stretch, keeping the spine straight, head and neck relaxed, as much as possible.
  5. Bend the head, slightly backward, hold the pose, breathing deeply, for 10 deep breaths.
  6. Exhale, release the hands and legs, and come back to starting pose.

2. Vrikshasana – Tree Pose:

Vrikshasana – Tree Pose –

Christmas tree is an inevitable of part of the festivities and so this pose is also a quintessential part of your Christmas yoga regimen.

How to do:

  1. Stand straight on the mat, allowing your hands to rest on either side of the body.
  2. Bend your right knee, keeping the left leg active, and place it on the left thigh.
  3. Taking a deep inhalation, join your hands at the heart centre, palms held in Namaskar mudra.
  4. Keep the head and neck relaxed, spine erect.
  5. Hold the pose, fixing your gaze at an object in front of you, for 10 deep breaths.
  6. Exhale and release.
  7. Repeat with the other leg.

3. Nakshatrasana – Five Pointed Star Pose:

Five Pointed Star Yoga Pose
Five Pointed Star Yoga Pose –

The shining stars that are hung in front of the houses remind us that the celebrations for the birth of Jesus has begun. It is considered as the reflection of the star that guided the kings to the stable, where the Lord was born. Choose this yoga pose so that it would guide you through a new way of fitness.

How to do:

  1. Stand straight on the mat, spine and head erect, hands resting in either side of the mat.
  2. Stretch your right leg towards your right in such a way that your feet are now wider than your hips.
  3. Stretch your hands out on either side in such a way that your feet and palms are parallel.
  4. Pull your knee caps, squeeze your thighs, tuck your tailbone, and stretch yourself.
  5. Keep extending the hands onto either sides as if you are trying to touch the wall on either side.
  6. Keep the hips squared to the front, neck relaxed, while crown of head is moving towards ceiling.
  7. Lift your chest up and suck in your navel, while firmly pressing the feet into the floor.
  8. Breathing deeply, hold the star for 10 deep breaths.
  9. Exhale, release and relax.

4. Natarajasana – Dancers’ Pose

Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose – Lord of the Dance Pose –

Dance your way with yoga to rejoice the birth of the Lord. If you are a beginner, you can take the help of a wall.

How to do:

  1. Stand with feet firmly pushed onto the mat.
  2. Taking an inhalation, shift the body weight to your left foot and bring your right heel towards right buttock.
  3. Bend your knee in such a way that your right sole rests on the buttock.
  4. Hold the right foot with your right hand while stretching out the left hand to the front.
  5. Keep the spine neutral.
  6. Exhaling, try to lift the lifted leg higher.
  7. Hold the pose breathing deeply for 10 deep breaths.
  8. Exhale, release, and gently relax.
  9. Repeat the same with the left leg.

5. Ashwa Sanchalanasana – Equestrian Pose:

Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Ashwa Sanchalanasana – Equestrian Pose – High Lunge Yoga Pose –

The kings came riding on the horse and this one looks as if you are also riding a horse. Good for your thighs and hips, it does good for your heart, chest, and lungs.

How to do:

  1. 1.Stand erect, feet pressing firmly on to the mat.
  2. Inhale and as your exhale, bend forward, from the hips, allowing your palms to rest on either side of the feet.
  3. Keep your legs straight and firm.
  4. Inhale, and take the right leg back towards the mat’s edge in such a way that the toes are on the floor and heel is extended to the ceiling.
  5. Pull the knee cap up and away from the floor.
  6. Make sure you are balancing on your fingertips.
  7. Adjust the right leg to an extent where your left thigh is parallel to the floor.
  8. Hold here, keeping the chest lifted up, breathing deeply, for 10 deep breaths.
  9. To release, take a deep exhalation and join the right foot beside the left and fold forward.
  10. Inhale, come up, release and relax.
  11. Repeat with other leg.

6. Ustrasana – Camel Pose:

Ustrasana – Camel Pose –

A mild inversion pose, it is good for your chest, heart, and abdomen.

How to do:

  1. Sit on the mat on your knees, allowing your butts to rest on the heels.
  2. Inhaling, come on to your knees lifting your butts off the heels.
  3. Keep your spine, head, and neck erect, spreading out the heels at shoulder width.
  4. Inhale and lift your hands.
  5. Exhale and grab your heels with your hands, one at a time.
  6. Inhale and push the hips forward.
  7. Exhale and tilt your head backward gently.
  8. Hold the pose, breathing deeply, for 10 deep breaths.
  9. Exhale, release, and come back to starting position.

7. Cradle Pose:

Yoga Cradle Pose
Cradle Pose Yoga –

Rock the divine baby in the cradle you create by holding your hands around your knees. A great hip opener, it is good for your thighs and core too.

How to do:

  1. Sit on the mat, spine erect, in simple cross legged pose.
  2. Lift your right leg and place the right foot in the elbow joint of your left arm.
  3. Bring your right hand outside of your right foot and interlace the fingers with the left hand fingers.
  4. Keeping spine erect, head and neck relaxed and straight, gently rock the ‘baby’ 20 times, breathing deeply.
  5. Release slowly and relax.
  6. Repeat with other leg.

8. Gomukhasana – Cow Face Pose:

Gomukhasana – Cow Face Pose –

It was in a cowshed where Mother Mary gave birth to Jesus. And, this cow face pose is a reflection of those humble animals. An awesome hip and shoulder opener, it is a good way to vent out your stress.

How to do:

  1. Sit with spine straight on the mat, stretching your legs to the front, while palms rest on either side of the body, spreading out the fingers.
  2. Fold your right knee, allowing your right foot to rest near the left butt.
  3. Place the left leg atop the right leg, stacking the knees, while left foot resides near the right butt.
  4. Bring your right hand over your head, behind you.
  5. Taking a deep inhalation, lift the left hand and interlace the fingers of both hands.
  6. Keeping the spine straight and fixing the gaze to the front, hold the pose.
  7. Breathe deeply and hold for 10 deep breaths.
  8. Exhaling, release the hands and legs, and come back to initial position.
  9. Repeat with your left side.

9. Balasana – Child’s Pose:

Balasana – Child’s Pose –

Release yourself and enjoy complete peace with this child’s pose.

How to do:

  1. Sit on the mat, knees bent, with butts resting on the heels, while knees are spread out at hips width.
  2. Let the hands rest on either side of your body, palms facing the floor.
  3. Inhale and as you exhale, fold forward from the hips, while resting the butts on heels, allowing your forehead to rest on the floor.
  4. Stretch your hands out and to the front, elbows resting on the floor.
  5. Allow the tummy to rest on the thighs.
  6. Breathing deeply, stay in the pose for 10 deep breaths.
  7. Inhale deeply, come up to initial position, and release the pose.

10. Shavasana – Corpse Pose:

Shavasana – Corpse Pose –

Bring your Christmas yoga routine to a calming end with this ultimate relaxation pose from yoga. It not only allows you to relax, but also gives you the time to ponder over what you had done in the session.

How to do:

  1. Lie down on the yoga mat, with back flat on the floor.
  2. Keep the legs and hands away from the body, allowing space for armpits to breathe, at a comfortable distance.
  3. Let the toes and fingers curl naturally.
  4. Keep your head and neck relaxed, while eyes are closed.
  5. Breathing naturally, let the body relax.
  6. Focus on your breathing and the space between your eyebrows.
  7. Let go off everything and remain in the pose till you feel completely relaxed.
  8. Once you feel completely relaxed, let your consciousness take over your breath.
  9. Feel the body in contact with the floor.
  10. Make gentle movements with your fingers, toes, and head.
  11. Turn to your right and slowly sit up.

Yoga is not just a fitness routine, but it an energizing Christmas workout too. Try this Christmas yoga workout and feel the difference yourself.

What’s your call when it comes to a holiday workout? Share your views with us…

Merry Xmas!

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