Holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also be stressful. There’s Christmas shopping, long travel times and rowdy family celebrations. Sometimes you need a moment to yourself. If you’ve been practicing yoga, you might be wondering if there are poses you should try around the holidays. You’re in luck! We have eight of our favorites for this busy season.
Christmas Tree

This one is a fun celebration of the holiday. You’ll want to stand with your heels touching. Lower into a squat, raising your feet to rest on your toes and opening your hips as wide as possible. Lift your arms above your head and join your palms. Hold for ten breaths.

Candy Cane

This basic pose is seasonally relevant too! Begin in Mountain pose with your feet together, toes touching. On an inhale reach your arms above you head and hold your right wrist with your left hand. On exhale, bend to the left. Stay for a few breaths, return to center, and repeat on the other side.

Ice Skater

Imagine you’re sliding across the ice gracefully. From Mountain pose, bring your toes in your right foot to rest on the ground behind you. Turn your palms to face forward. Hinge forward with the weight in your left foot. Don’t lift your foot higher than hip-height. Keep your hips level and expand your chest.

Ice Skater Two

For a bigger challenge, work on opening your hip. From Mountain pose, bend your right knee so it points to the ground and your heel moves toward your buttocks. Reach your right arm back and hold the inside of your right foot with your right hand. Press your right foot against your hand and lift the foot up. Lift your sternum. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side.


Imagine racing down a hill, sinking into the fluffy snow. Lie face down, arms beside your body. Bend your knees and reach back with your arms to grab your feet or ankles. If you can’t reach, use a strap around the front of your ankles. Press your feet against your hands to lift your thighs away from the floor while lifting your sternum.


Take notes from the three Christmas kings. Kneel with your knees hip distance apart. Bring your hands to your lower back, fingers pointing down. Keep your hips over your knees. Lean back and reach for your heels. Let your head hang back. Hold for a few breaths and return to kneeling.


Take on the vantage of the star atop the Christmas tree! Begin in a high plank, turning to the side of your left foot and lifting your right arm and right leg. Hold for a few breaths, release back to plank and do the opposite side.

Santa’s Dog

You knew about Santa’s reindeers, but did you know Santa had a dog too? Start in hands and knees, feet hip-width apart. Stretch your legs straight, pushing into Downward Dog. Now move your hips side to side, as if you’re wagging your tail or shaking off snow.