It’s official. We’re right in the middle of another holiday season.
This is not a holiday season like we’ve experienced before. Everything is still a little uncertain. And even though it feels like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel feels kind of long and dark. The end feels frustratingly far away.
To say that we need more yoga right now seems like a massive understatement.
Plus, it’s only one of the many things we need.
Especially if you’re a mom who’s been home with her kids since March and has barely had a break or time to herself, including when she pees.
The list of ways that we, as moms, could use some help, is staggering.
We need more support that isn’t just a virtual high five for being “supermom”
Better childcare options that do not cost our entire salary.
Women and moms need better pay that reflects our skills and experience.
We need other parents to stop telling us to just appreciate our kids and to remember that this time is fleeting and magical and full of beauty.
We need our kids to sleep more than 4 hours at a time. No matter how old they are.
We need to stop being the ones expected to be responsible for all of the things all of the time.
There’s so much more than this, really.
But since this list requires a lot of structural societal change, which could take years, yoga is a good place to start.
I’ve put together 5 yoga practices that your body needs this season.
They’re a wide range of practices, all quick and all targeting different areas of your body.
So when you’re feeling worn out and down and frustrated and you don’t know what else to do, you can pick one of these practices to move all of that through you.
The yoga won’t take away the frustration or the anxiety or the exhaustion. I think it’s a big mistake to assume that 5 yoga practices will solve all of your physical or emotional problems.
But it can give you a few moments of pause or a few moments of reconnecting with your body.
Movement can be healing.
Taking a little time away from your computer or from your phone or from wrapping presents or folding the laundry or holding a sick kid, can give you a desperately needed perspective shift.
Use these 5 practices as a way to re-energize your body and maybe even shift your mood when you’re feeling heavy or low or tired or cranky.
These practices were picked based on what our bodies need most during the winter months: space to rest and ground, shoulder relief, and the occasional dynamic practice to warm up your body.
I hope these practices give you a little bit of the support you and your body need this season!
5 yoga practices that your body needs this season
Yoga to Unfreeze Your Shoulders
Mellow Flow and Meditation
Winter Warm Up – 4 minute Yoga Flow
10-minute Yoga Flow for Hip Mobility
My Favorite Restorative Pose
and a bonus class, just because:
Yoga for the Winter Solstice!