The holidays are in full swing! For many of us, the calendar is quickly filling up and our to-do lists are growing longer by the day. While the holidays bring the gifts of connection and love to us, it is natural for many of us to feel stress and tension as well. In this month’s collection of the best free yoga videos, we tried to honor the dynamic relationship between the lights and action of the holiday season and our need to slow down and ground ourselves. Read on for six great yoga videos that focus on nourishing your body and soul with gentle hip openers, yin, and deep relaxation.
Anchor in Hope by Yoga with Adriene
It’s no secret that many of us store deeply-rooted tension in our hips. In this video, Adriene leads us through a sequence of gentle and grounding hip and heart openers that will encourage trust, hope, and vulnerability as we move into the new year. At just eighteen minutes, this is the perfect flow for a busy schedule.
Yin Yoga for Flexibility – For Sore Hips & Hamstrings by Boho Beautiful
Yin is perfect for grounding down and releasing stress, stiffness, and tension that has rooted in the connective tissue of the body. This deeply restorative 20-minute yin practice really gets into the hip flexors with the power of the breath and poses like Kapotasana (pigeon pose) and Utthan Pristhasana (lizard pose). Craving a deep release in the muscles, hamstrings, and hips? You’ll love this one. There are also plenty of modifications offered, so it’s easy to tailor to your individual needs.
Winter Solstice Core Restore Yoga Class by Allie the Journey Junkie
The winter solstice, or the shortest day of the year, falls on December 21st. This yoga flow practice honors both the seasonal shift and the year ahead with a combination of warming breath practice, alignment focus, and heart chakra work. Use this class to let go of what no longer serves you and create space for what you hope to bring to your life and practice in the coming months.
Active Hip Opening Hold & Flow Yoga Class by Five Parks Yoga
If your hips need even more attention, this video is a great pick. It includes a number of standing, supine, and wrist-supported hip openers, as well a few twists that will give some love to your liver, spleen, kidneys, and digestive tract.
Quick Power Vinyasa Flow by YogiApproved
Short, sweet, and sweaty. It wouldn’t be a YogaBasics video roundup if we didn’t include one vinyasa flow! Get your heart rate up, bust stress, and hit the reset button with this quick power flow. It doesn’t skimp on stretches either, so you can lock in the benefits of the practice with some relaxing final poses.
Yoga for Bedtime by Yoga TX
Last but not least, this sweet twenty-minute bedtime flow creates the foundation for a restful night’s sleep. (Which we could all use more of, right?) This sequence is also perfect for beginners or yogis who are still new to their practice. There’s not much better than a gentle flow like this one to help you unwind, detoxify, and calm the mind in preparation for some much-needed shut-eye.
What are some of your favorite ways to ground yourself in the holiday season? Let us know in the comment section! We’d love to hear from you.
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