The warm weather is here; summer holidays are beginning; and Wedding Season is in full gear. There are so many things to do from booking your DJ and photographer to taste testing, picking the perfect flowers, getting the invitations out on time and sourcing all the attire and accessories for the wedding party. I am the Matron of Honour for my sisters wedding this year and as the wedding date gets closer there are more and more things to tick off the list. I’m not even the one getting married and I’m starting to feel the heat. Whether you are a part of the bridal party or you are the guests of honour, stress can easily become part of the equation leading up to the big day. It is so important to take care of yourself during the process.
Here are 5 calming poses you can try:
Start on all fours, knees hip distance apart, wrists under shoulders. As you inhale tilt the pelvis forward so that the belly drops, chest lifts and chin lifts (cow).
As you exhale, tilt the pelvis backwards, rounding the spine, drawing the belly in and up, dropping the head, gazing at your belly button (cat). Continue to alternate, moving with the rhythm of your breath. Repeat for 5 rounds.
2) Child’s Pose
From all fours, bring your knees wide apart, untuck your toes, and sink your hips toward your heels. Bring your forehead to rest on the mat. Relax the arms overheard or by your sides. Breathe deeply into your low back. Take 5 to 10 breaths.
3) Standing Side Bend
Standing with feet hip distance apart. Draw you belly button in and up. Sweep your arms overhead. Hold your left wrist with your right hand. As you inhale, lengthen and get tall. As you exhale bend towards the right. Hold for 3 to 5 deep breaths. Slowly rise back up on an inhale. Repeat other side.
4) Low Lunge
Standing with feet hip distance apart, step one foot forward and bring your back knee to the floor. Keep the back toes tucked under for added stability. Check that the front knee is in line with middle toes and not going past the ankle. If it is, slide your front foot further forward. Draw the belly in. Sink the hips, inhale arms up. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Repeat other side.
5) Easy Pose
Sit comfortably with your legs crossed. Close your eyes. Lengthen your spine all the way up through the crown of your head. Relax the shoulders. Take a deep inhale and sigh out all of your breath. Slowly begin to deepen your breathing so that your inhales and exhales are equal lengths. Bring into your awareness the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breath.
For the bride and groom: Wedding day jitters is completely natural and you may experience them the weeks or days leading up to the wedding or even the day of. Rather than fight them off yoga can help you to acknowledge the stress and breathe your way to calm. A short stretch session before you walk down the aisle can help you feel more relaxed and ready to say “I do” with joy and ease in front of all your friends and family.
Looking for a fun bachelorette party idea? Brides do you want to have a relaxing bonding session with your bridal party?
Contact me to organize a private yoga party for you and your friends.