If you’re venturing out to do some holiday shopping this time of year, chances are you’re spending a lot of time waiting in long lines.
Instead of scrolling through your phone, you could use your time more wisely by stretching and striking a few yoga poses to get the blood flowing.
Before you imagine yourself breaking out into downward facing dog, consider these yoga poses as much more subtle, so much so that people probably won’t even notice you’re doing them!
This pose is a great way to stretch the spine, rib cage, and arms.
While you’re standing in line, put your feet together and lift and stretch your toes up and then back down. Engage your core and inhale. Exhale and bend to one side as far as you can. Inhale and come back to center before exhaling and stretching to the other side.
You can also interlace your fingers and extend your arms up as you stretch. But, if you want to more subdued when you’re in line, you can just do the stretches.
As you’re standing in line, put your arms by your side and breathe in and out through your nose. Find something on the floor to fix your gaze, but try not to drop your head. Count to three as you inhale and then count to six as you exhale. You want to exhale twice as long as you inhale so you can use any pattern you want.
Repeat this pattern three to four times...or more, depending on how long you’re waiting in line!
This is a great way to calm down if you’re getting frustrated by the wait.
It might look like you’re just standing in line, but when you’re in mountain pose, you’re helping to improve your posture and balance.
Stand with your feet together and arms by your sides. Press down through your heels and make sure your feet are pressed firmly into the ground. Lift your ankles while squeezing your outer shins toward one another. Tuck in your tailbone slightly and keep your hips even with the center of your body. Draw your stomach in slightly and inhale, elongating through your torso. Exhale and release your shoulder blades away from your ears.
Make sure each breath is even and smooth. You should feel your spine elongate with each exhale. Repeat as many times as you want.
Stand in mountain pose with your feet firmly grounded, either together or slightly apart. Place your hands on your lower back as you engage your core. Inhale while lifting your chest and tilting your head back. Stay here for a few breaths before coming out of the pose and repeating several times.
The next time you find yourself getting annoyed while waiting in line, remember to try one of these poses instead. They can get help to ground you and de-stress during this hectic time of year.