Yoga Susan Cabana Boston

Holiday Sanity: Calming Yoga Poses

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For me, learning to let go has been (and continues to be) something I work on. It’s about getting to a new place in how we view situations and people—about coming from a place of love rather than fear, and about the importance of love for oneself and others. It’s so simple, yet so powerful.

One of the biggest tools in reaching that goal is yoga. It’s what helps us to surrender. It helps you change your thought patterns, and how you react to what life throws you. It helps you breathe, and to open your heart. What it’s done for me is to allow me to release my fear. To stay in the moment, and given me the faith to know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be.

I found yoga at a turning point in my life, and I still continue to grow from my practice. By moving through the poses, here’s and how I was able to grow and look inward.

When I practice, I’m able to release lots of emotions and feelings that I hold onto that don’t serve me well. It takes practice and devotion. Don’t worry about whether you’re a beginner or maybe not all that flexible. There’s no judgment in yoga—that’s what I love about it. Here are some poses to try:

Child’s pose

This one is a reminder to surrender and let go. I like to start my practice in this open and find my center.

  • Knees to outer edges of mat
  • Sit back on your heals
  • Arms by your side or overhead
  • Forehead chin to mat or block

Mountain pose

This pose can help you find strength and resilience.

  • Feet together, big toes touch
  • Ground into all four corners of your feet
  • Spine is long
  • Tuck your tailbone
  • Belly engaged
  • Soften shoulders and face

Upward dog

This pose is a reminder to open your heart.

  • Hands beneath shoulders
  • Heart is lifted and slightly in front of hands
  • Pressing into palms
  • Tops of feet
  • Thighs engaged
  • Shoulders relax down your back

Downward facing dog

This posture helps me feel grounded. This is the foundation to your yoga practice and it teaches us that if you have a solid base, you can move through anything. Also, it helps you find your center through stillness.

  • Feet hip width distance apart
  • Finger spread, palms pressing into the mat
  • Shoulder blades relax down your back
  • Heels melt towards the mat
  • Belly engaged, hips lift up and back