It’s that time of year.
The temperature spikes up (or down, depending what part of the hemisphere you’re in), the carols start playing on repeat and you find yourself sipping that extra glass of red wine on a regular basis. And by regular basis, we mean every evening.
Anyone else caught up in the holiday festivities? As fun and festive as it may seem, it is the season of excess. But that’s not always a bad thing.
Between Christmas parties, dinner parties, finding the perfect gifts and having to face every single one of your long lost relatives, there’s just not enough time in the day to hit the reset button.
Your yoga may have taken a backseat, to the dismay of that extra slice of Pavlova.
Although you may not have time for your 60min hot flow, there is a little something that can help you: This one yoga pose can solve all your Christmas woes before the holiday stress starts to show its ugly face.
So, we sat down with our resident Yoga Teacher, Andy Kovszvun, to give us a few tips on how to make it thought the busiest time of the year.
Meet: The Butterfly
The butterfly is your best friend this holiday season. The subtle, restorative pose has an amazing effect on your nervous system. Coupled with some breathing techniques, you’ll feel renewed and energized, every single time.
Whether a total newbie or expert on the mat, this super accessible pose relieves tension and lets you slow things down, if and when things start to get hectic. Plus, it just feels so darn good.
How to be a butterfly
You may have heard your instructor say: “lay on your back; feet together, knees wide…”, and that is literally all there is to it. Simply lay on your back, bring the soles of your feet to touch and let your knees fall on either side. Rest one hand on your chest, and one on your belly. Close your eyes, and watch what happens when you start to take conscious breaths in and out.
Why Butterfly pose?
Butterfly pose stretches the inner thighs and groin area whilst restoring the lower back. Bringing the feet together creates a full circle of energy with your body, making you feel connected and grounded. By placing one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly, the rhythm of your breathing will create an internal focus; and you’ll slowly start to feel a sense of calm and resounding awareness of the body.
Tip: For extra support and restoration; grab a bolster, a couple of stacked blankets or a pillow to support your back. Place it vertically at the base of your spine and let it support you from your lower back all the way up to your head.
Try it for yourself and see what happens. As simple as it is effective, Butterfly pose, or by its Sanskrit name, Supta Baddha Konasana, let’s you chill the fuck out before you have to face Aunt Margaret or your 5 newborn nephews.
You’ll thank us later.