Turkey Day Survival Plan

by Nov 22, 2019Online Exclusives, South Brunswick

Thanksgiving is on the horizon. Do you have a stress-management plan?

Did you know that stress can actually cause us to overeat during Thanksgiving? Whether we’re worried about spending four days with the in-laws, refereeing disagreements among family members or cooking dinner for 15 picky people, cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause us to crave fatty and sugary foods. Before you grab that third slice of pumpkin pie, consider grabbing a yoga mat instead and find a nice quiet space.

Cat and Cow Pose

If you aren’t already familiar with yoga, now might be a good time to get acquainted with these stress-relieving poses:

• Lotus pose. With your legs crossed, sit tall in the spine while rooting down through your sitting bones. Lift up through the crown of your head. Quiet the mind by connecting to the steady rhythm of your natural breath with your eyes closed.

• Cat and cow pose. From tabletop position, inhale slowly, let your back sink, and lift your chin into cow. Exhale, arch your back, tuck your chin and move into cat.
Repeat numerous times.

• Reclined spinal twist. Lie on your back, bring your knees towards your chest, and extend your arms into a T formation with palms facing up toward the ceiling. Inhale as you drop both of your knees and feet over to the right and send your eye gaze over to the left. Breathe 5 to 10 breaths here before taking the legs to the opposite side.

The holidays are just beginning! Take the stress away with yoga at Body Edge Fitness Studio. Join them Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Beginner/Gentle Yoga is held on Monday and Wednesday at 12 pm.

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