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8 Yoga Poses to Beat Holiday Stress

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deep breathing

1. Deep Breathing Meditation

You can practice deep breathing for just a few minutes or for as long as an hour – listen to your body and enjoy the relaxation!

Start out sitting in a comfortable position. It could be cross-legged on the floor, like in the photo above, or you can sit in a comfortable chair or lean up against a wall to support your back. Place your thumb and pointer fingers together gently, with your palms facing up, and start out by taking a few deep breaths, taking your time on the inhale and exhale.

Now, bring your awareness to your diaphragm, and hold the next inhale for a slow count of four. Exhale for a count of eight, hold your breath out for another slow count of eight, and then repeat this deep breathing pattern a few times.

Once you’re feeling relaxed, try to clear your head and focus on your deep inhalations and exhalations. If a thought does enter your mind, don’t worry! Just let it pass through on the wave of your breath. Sit and breathe until you’re ready to move on to the next posture.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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8:36PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

yoga is life

4:34PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

All these asanas are very helpful and easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!

3:28PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

I used all of these poses in my practice today. Very helpful thanks.

1:19AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

This article is quite useful and pracical.... added to favorites bar :)

12:00AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

thanks for the article

4:56PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks Becky, sure most of us need tips on dealing with holiday stress, and yoga can help.

11:31AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing

5:02AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

thanks so much

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