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6 Holiday-Perfect Yoga Poses: Stretch + De-Stress

by Jill Manoff

Have 15 minutes? Do something for yourself! This six-pose yoga routine was made with your holiday schedule in mind, and to keep you in the spirit of the season. Feeling “bah-humbug”? Hit tree pose, stat!

Child's Pose: How to Do It
Kneel with your toes touching and knees hip-width apart. Sit on your heels and bring your upper body to the mat, extending your arms in front of you. Your palms and forehead should rest on the mat. Stay here for five or so deep breaths, or about one minute.

Downward-Facing Dog: How to Do It
Start on all fours, with your knees hip-width apart and hands shoulder-width apart. Spread your fingers wide. Then lift your knees off the mat and straighten your legs while pressing down with your hands. Walk your hands forward and your feet back, and press your heels to the floor. Relax your head and neck, and breathe deeply—for at least one minute.

Warrior II: How to Do It
Face the side of your mat and step your feet apart, so there’s four feet of space in between. Point your front foot toward the front of your mat, and bend your front leg so your thigh and shin form a 90-degree angle. Lift your arms so they are parallel to the floor. Tuck in your tush and draw in your abs, and hold for at least one minute. Repeat on the opposite side.

Plank Pose: How to Do It
From Downward-Facing Dog, bring chest down and head up so that your torso and head are in line with your legs. Your shoulders should be directly over your wrists, like you’re about to do a push-up. Hold for at least one minute.

Boat Pose: How to Do It
Sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, and lean back. Lift your legs, while keeping your knees bent and shins parallel to the floor. Keep your chest up and core tight, and straighten your legs. Your body should be in a “V” position, with your arms extended in front of you. Hold for at least one minute, and repeat five times.

Tree Pose: How to Do It
Start with your legs together and hands on your hips. Then move your weight to your left leg and bend the right, resting the sole of your foot on the inside of your left leg. The more advanced you are, the higher your foot should be. Bring your hands together in front of your chest, and hold for at least one minute. Repeat on the opposite side.