Wedding Day Yoga

Is the stress of your wedding planning getting to you? At risk of turning into Bridezilla any moment? Today, we share some pointers from New York City yoga instructor Chloe Kernaghan, who recommends the following poses to help you calm your wedding jitters just a little bit. (Original article and photos from Mashable.)

1. Child’s pose with side reach Kernaghan says that this pose is good for calming the body and providing a reflective moment before the hustle and bustle of your big day.

“Sit back on your shins in child’s pose, with your toes touching, your knees spread apart and your arms stretching forward. Take four to five breaths here. Then crawl your fingers to the right for an angled twist. Take a few breaths, then switch sides to the left. Come back to center for another few breaths in child’s pose.”

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2. Cat/Cow The cat/cow pose helps to relax the spine and gives the entire length of the body a good stretch to get you ready to go for your wedding.

“Begin in a neutral spine, knees under hips and wrists under shoulders. Inhale and drop your stomach to look up (cow); exhale to arch your spine and gaze underneath at your navel (cat). Repeat for five rounds of breath.”

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3. Pigeon Brides who are looking to hit the dance floor on your big day would definitely want to take note of the pigeon pose, which releases and stretches your piriformis and gluts — essentially the parts that would help you shake that booty all night long.

“From downward dog, lift your right leg in the air. Then step it forward and place your right knee behind your right wrist, so the front of your shin is parallel to the front of the mat. Inhale to lift your torso up and square your hips to the front of the mat, then exhale and fold over your right leg. Take five to 10 deep breaths.”

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4. Raised hands with side bend

The raised hands with side bend is a simple pose that will help to stretch and lengthen your body, giving you a better posture and lighter step as you walk down the aisle.

“Stand tall with your feet together. Link your thumbs and inhale to reach up to the sky. Exhale and reach your arms to the right, stretching the left side of your torso. Inhale to center, exhale and stretch to the left. Inhale to center. Repeat three to five times, alternating your breath.”

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5. Crescent lunge

The last pose is meant to relax your stressed out body and “deactivate” your fight or flight mode so that you are receptive and ready to embrace your big moment.

“From downward dog, step your right foot forward and tap your back knee down. Make sure your front knee is directly over your ankle. Inhale to lift your arms up and arch your back slightly. Breathe out. Then bend your arms to catch your opposite elbows above your head. Repeat from downward dog with your left foot forward.”

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