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Cat Meffan

A Calm Christmas: Yoga for Stress with Yoogaia

December can be one of the most exciting times of year, but it can also be one of the most stressful. There are so many things to think about…. getting your job done, Christmas social events, Christmas shopping and then just Christmas Day itself can be a little stressful if you’re the one cooking or hosting. On top of this, if you’re moving house in December I feel your pain, as Rob and I are having a bit of a nightmare!

BUT to save the day (or to at least help calm the mind) I’m sharing some of my favourite postures in this post about yoga for stress. When you next feel your stress levels rising, lower down to your mat and take one or a few of these postures. And if you’re not near your mat, but you know you’ve got a hectic day ahead, do these before you leave the house in the morning.

On top of this, Yoga app Yoogaia is running a few Yin workshops this month to help take the stress away. Yin Yoga helps to strengthen the body, whilst increasing your flexibility, and helping you to become healthier and more peaceful. These Yin workshops will focus on the meridians (aka the energy channels) throughout the body and have been designed to heal and target certain areas and organs to improve their function. Take part in the workshop here.

So here are my favourite yoga postures to relieve stress…

1. Janu Sirsasana – Head-to-knee Forward Bend

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2. Balasana – Child’s Pose

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3. Marjaryasana & Bitilasana – Cat & Cow Poses

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4. Uttana Shishosana – Extended Puppy Pose

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5. Setu Bandhasana – Bridge Pose

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Yoogaia’s Yin Meridian yoga classes are on at 10am every Sunday through December, so sign up now and get a 7-day free trial. Click here to sign up for the free trial, which gives you unlimited use of all Yoogaia’s classes.

Oh and even more exciting is that in the new year I’ll be featured in a few of Yoogaia’s January challenge videos, which I can’t wait for you all to see!

Enjoy tuning into your body and de-stressing.

Love, Cat x