There may be some overeating.
Scratch that, it’s a certainty.
Use this Thanksgiving yoga sequence to prepare and repair
There’s always the possibility you won’t eat too much. You may decide to fill up on water before embarking on the tradition of expandable pants and indigestion. But in case you decide to indulge, both preparing your body beforehand and fixing what’s just a little bit broken after your meal will have you feeling totally normal (almost) by Friday.
Critical information about why we practice a specific Thanksgiving yoga sequence both before and after a feast:
- Twists are amazing for purging and aiding in digestion. When we twist, we massage our abdominal organs and deliver a fresh supply of blood to that area of our bodies. Twists also create internal fire, Agni. This also contributes to our ability to move food throughout bodies and eliminate effectively.
- Forward folds are downright fabulous in our pursuit of digestion and for decreasing bloating. Bloating sucks, right? Let’s eliminate that with some gentle compression to the organs that live in our abdominal cavities.
- Backbends stretch our abdominal organs really well. Space is good. The action of expanding and contracting gets things moving. We’re gonna do a bunch of this.
- Releasing excess gas is a must after a big meal. There are a few poses that really help with this.
Practicing a special Thanksgiving yoga sequence so you can thoroughly enjoy your meal and time with family is, most importantly, a loving way to be present. Because it will ensure you’re not distracted and irritated by what’s going on in your belly, it’s a damn good idea. Comfort is a priority. Share this with those you’ve included in your celebration. It’s a simple sequence that’s designed as beginner-friendly. Perhaps practicing together will become a sweet and integral tradition starting with this holiday season.
Thanksgiving yoga sequence for digestion and comfort
- Begin in Balasana (Child’s Pose). Breath deeply. Keep your knees together so they help with compressing your belly. Stretch your arms forward, keeping your forearms off the ground.
- Slither through into Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Move back to Child’s Pose and repeat the sequence 3 times.
- From Cobra, move into tabletop position. Thread your left arm under your right and lay your head and shoulder to the ground. Enjoy the twist and shoulder release. Make some noise. Move on to the other side.
- Move through Cat/Cow pose. It’s one of the very best actions to stretch and compress the organs of the belly. It’s also good for anxiety. If your holiday celebration offers none of that, super news. But just in case…
- From tabletop, move into Downward Facing Dog Pose. Stretch everything. Think of your body like a wishbone (see what I did there?) and apply equal amounts of pressure in your hands and feet. Hold for several breaths and step forward to the top of your mat.
- Remain in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). Enjoy the massage action applied to your abdominal muscles and organs and reset your central nervous system. Walk your feet hips distance apart.
- Squat down in Malasana. Sit on a block or other prop if that feels better on your hips and knees. Move your left arm in front of your left shin and raise your right arm high in a twist. Hold for a few breaths and do the other side.
- Sit down and come laying on your back. Bring your left knee into your chest and lay your right leg straight on the ground in Wind Relieving Pose. It does exactly what it says. Repeat the action on the other side.
- Conclude your practice in Supta Badda Konasana (Reclining Cobbler’s Pose). You could also place a block under your sacrum for a slight backbend if you feel inclined.
Enjoy the pleasures of food, loved ones, and downtime. I hope this Thanksgiving yoga sequence aids and abets you in this pursuit. Happy holidays!