We all feel it: our to-do lists get longer, our time to exercise and recharge gets shorter, and our eating, drinking and sleeping habits reach all new heights. Believe it or not, taking 10-15 minutes to de-stress your body will recharge your body and get you through the busy season with ease. Read on for the moves that keep me in check.
Take your knees wide and your feet together, and fold forward over your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the floor. If the floor is too far away, place a block or pillow underneath, so your head and neck are supported and able to relax. Extend your arms forward or let them rest alongside your body. Remain here for 5-10 breaths.
From the hands and knees, inhale and lift your chest and sitting bones as you drop your ribs. As you exhale, pull your belly in and up, then, draw your tailbone down and your chin toward your chest. Move back and forth with your breath 5 times.
Lie on your back on the floor and pull your knees into your chest. Keep your right knee drawn in, and extend your left leg down to the mat. Bring your right knee across your body and stretch your right arm out to the side. Plant your right palm and look to your hand. Take 5-10 breaths here, then come back to centre, and pull both knees back into your chest. Repeat on the other side.
Lie on your side with your seat up against the wall. Swing your legs up the wall so that your legs extend up toward the ceiling and your sitting bones are touching the wall (or slightly away if you have tight hamstrings). Turn your palms to face up toward the ceiling, and close your eyes. Rest here for 10-20 breaths.
Lie on your back with the feet flat in front of you. Roll your shoulders down your back and turn your palms upward. Keep your head centred, neither turned nor tilted, with the chin slightly down. Rest here for at least 10-20 breaths.