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4 yoga poses that help when you eat too much at a holiday party
Keep calm, eat on, and then do some light yoga.
According to a study, the traditional Christmas meal can be up to 1450 calories! This year, if you find yourself eating second and third helpings because: a.) the food was so delicious you couldn’t resist (it happens to all of us!), or b.) to avoid small talk with extended family members you don't see very often (we've all been there), try out some yoga moves to help with digestion!
Seated spinal twist
Why it works: Improves circulation and stimulates your metabolism, helping the digestive process.
How to do it: Sit on the ground, straighten your back and extend your right leg out in front of you. Bend your left leg and place your left foot over your right knee. Leave your right leg extended or bend your knee and move your right foot towards your butt (like in the photo). Slowly turn towards the left and place your right hand on your left knee. Take 3-4 deep breaths before switching sides.
Apanasana (knees to chest)
Why it works: This pose helps you find fast relief by gently massaging your organs. It’s often referred to as the “wind relieving pose”, so we recommend doing it in private to avoid any embarrassing situations!
How to do it: Lie down on your back and hug your knees to your chest. Inhale and exhale deeply, and rock gently from side to side for 20-30 seconds.
Why it works: Stretches out the abdominal muscles and relieves cramps.
How to do it: Get on all fours and then walk your hands and arms out in front of you, lowering your head and chest to the ground. For an even deeper stretch extend your legs out behind you as seen in the photo. Hold the pose for a few breaths and then move into child’s pose to rest for a few seconds by keeping your arms extended out in front of you and lowering your butt to the floor.
Seated Forward Bend
Why it works: Relaxes you by stimulating the nervous system. The more relaxed you feel, the more it helps relieve digestive discomfort.
How to do it: Reach both arms up towards the sky. Keep your back straight and bend forward from your hips. If you're flexible, place your hands on the tops of your feet. If you're not, rest your hands on your thighs or hold onto your knees - just go as far as you feel comfortable. Hold the pose 1-2 minutes, taking deep breaths.
Next time you feel like you have eaten so much that there’s a medicine ball in your stomach, try out some of these yoga moves to relax and ease some of the pain!