Understanding and managing holiday stress secret- have a cookie!


Today I found myself upset over something a person close to me did that I did not agree with. I found myself unsettled.

It’s okay to be angry, as long as you acknowledge your feelings and tell yourself it serves no purpose in your life, and then let that thought immediately go. Follow that act by a nice cookie (made by your new Yoga cookie cutters from the Kitchen Yogi soon to be featured on my blog for sale).

Just as the baker goes into her pantry for staples to make her yoga posture shaped holiday treats, a yogi knows to go to their “cupboard” for a quick dash of  faith,strength, courage, serenity, hope, love,  and often looks way in the back of the shelf for that cup of clarity and pinch of wisdom.

Yoga will provide for you the tools you need to handle and manage any and all situations that arise in life. In the yoga sutras Patanjali says “Pain and suffering that has not yet manifested can and is to be avoided”

This week’s practice I would like you to try:
Ubhaya Padangusthasana- Double toe hold

1.Outstretch your legs in front of you with feet together.

2.Flex the knees and bring them close to the buttocks.

3.Hold the toes with the hands, exhale and raise the legs up in the air.

4.Straighten the knees, pulling the knee caps towards the thighs and balance on the buttocks.

5.Have the spine as concave as you can and remember to breathe in and out through your nostrils.

Hold this posture as long as is comfortable for you, always come out slowly from each pose.

I also would like to share with you a nice practice that is available free on http://www.hulu.com right now “A.M. Yoga for your week hip openers”. This is a Gaiam production by instruction Rodney Yee. He is a wonderful soft-spoken instructor.

When you are done, you have earned your cookie.




About Kat Wendorf

Kathleen Wendorf is a certified NESTA sports yoga instructor located in Central Florida. Kathleen has studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin and Kundalini yoga as well as others. Kathleen is also a writer who has been featured on The Morning Show. She invites you to bookmark and follow her blog jerseyyogalicious.wordpress.com to learn inspirational yoga. You can also visit Amazon to find other books on yoga and travel savings as well as her children's books and fictional novels. www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Wendorf/e/B004XM1G4A Kathleen has a mission to share as much as she can with her yoga friends. Please feel free to reach out to her at any time for any comments or questions.

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