12 Days of Yoga

BY TAMARA ZONTINI

During the winter season, we experience the darkest parts of the year. The days are shortest and nature asks us to slow down, go within, enjoy a warm cup o’ joe and to spend quiet quality time with our loved ones. Under-ground, the earth silently sleeps, seeds rest and animals hibernate in contrast to we humans, who run around frantically to malls stressing ourselves with activity. Then we realize we really should be following, more closely, the rhythms of nature… resting, dreaming, and gathering strength in our bodies for the upcoming season of renewal.

All around the world, taking this time to rest during the holiday season, can be perceived as a sign of laziness or a lack of holiday spirit. However, nature teaches us that resting, drawing inward and being present is in all living creatures. Rest and renewal IS necessary for growth, that comes later in the season.

Yoga teaches us to look within. The holiday season, while it is filled with joy, can also be a stressful time of year. Yoga can help with a variety of techniques to ease your holiday stresses and worries. So, this Holiday Season try the “12 Days Yoga” to find relief for you and the whole family.


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On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Spinal Bind (Ardha Matsyendrasana) to twist and feel free.

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On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 easy seats (Sukasana) and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 3 chatturangas (Yoga push-up), 2 easy seats, and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 4 upward dogs (Urdva Mukhasvanasana), 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 5 Down Dogs (Adho Mukhasvanasana), 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 6 Cobras (Bhujangasana), 5 down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 8 Turtle Poses (Ardha Khurmasana), 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 Down dogs, 4upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats, and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 9 Warriors (virabhadrasana), 8 turtle poses, 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 Dancing Kings(Natarajasana), 9 Warriors, 8 turtle poses, 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 Down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 Flying Eagles (Garudasana), 10 Dancing Kings, 9 Warriors, 8 turtle poses, 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 Down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal Bind to twist and feel free.

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On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 12 Wild Things (Camatkarasana), 11 Flying Eagles, 10 Dancing Kings, 9 Warriors, 8 Turtle poses, 7 cat-cows, 6 Cobras, 5 Down dogs, 4 upward dogs, 3 chatturangas, 2 easy seats and a Spinal bind to twist and feel free.


 

Here at RISE31, we are offering 4 OMazing styles of Yoga. Our signature class IN-TRINITY, combines Yoga, Pilates and non-combative martial arts, to help you get through this holiday season with a SMILE and STRESS FREE!

 
Jenni Schwartz