Yoga is a great way to start any day because we get to stretch our muscles, practice our balance, and clear our mind to get set for the day ahead. These are all ways to help improve our coordination, flexibility, and muscular endurance and can be beneficial for any age or fitness level. Yoga is meant to be a slow, calm, and quiet practice of exercise to help manage stress levels and set the mind to have a positive and productive day.
Practicing yoga can be a great way to bond with your family Christmas morning and become a holiday tradition that everyone will look forward to. Get your family excited to practice yoga by including yoga clothes, a yoga mat, or a clean soy candle. Help your family members and close ones feel more inspired and motivated to live a healthy lifestyle by providing them with necessary tools and resources.
Below is a written quick 7 minute yoga practice written with pictures provided here for the whole family. First, open your windows and allow fresh air and sun-light to come through. Next, turn off any electronics and exclude any noise. Have a quiet and calm environment. After that, light a clean fresh soy candle for everyone to smell. Finally, turn on relaxing music at a quiet volume. Now, you are ready to begin!
30 seconds, slow, alternate legs, march, bring knees up to chest, keep tall posture, arms straight out to the side
Big deep breaths, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
15 seconds, balance on right leg Arabesque pose
15 seconds, other leg, Arabesque pose
15 seconds, balance on right leg Tree pose
15 seconds, balance on left leg Tree pose
30 seconds, straddle stance bent forward, arms hang heavy, head down
15 seconds, lunge stance, right leg in front, close to straight legs, bent forward
15 seconds, lunge stance, left leg in front, close to straight legs, bent forward
30 seconds, standing forward bend, feet together, head down
30 seconds, half standing forward bend, hands on your knees
30 seconds, Butterfly pose, gentle pressure on knees pushing down, tall posture
30 seconds, Bow pose
30 seconds, Camel pose
30 seconds, Cobra stretch
15 seconds, Cat stretch
15 seconds, Cow stretch
15 seconds, Cat Stretch
15 seconds, Cow stretch
These yoga moves are great for any age or fitness level because they are simple yet challenge the neuromuscular system while building strength, improving coordination and increasing flexibility throughout the body. These 7 minute stretches are meant to perform slowly with a quiet atmosphere and calm mindset. This is a great way to bond with family members while creating healthy traditions and living an active lifestyle.
Happy, Healthy, and Active Holidays,
Health and Fitness Coach
The Outdoor Athlete Club