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Pre-Wedding Bliss: 5 Yoga Poses for Brides-to-Be

Your phone won't stop buzzing, the caterer is running late, you sister and bridesmaid are in a fight and it's not even 9am! Your big day is supposed to be about you but that's not always the case! The wedding process requires you to tap into your inner reserves of patience and strength. 

If stress and anxiety begin to creep in before the ceremony, it might be a good idea to hit the mat and give yoga a try. This 5,000-year-old discipline was designed to help practitioners navigate into peak emotional and physical health. Carve out an hour to yourself before the festivities begin and you'll emerge a glowing zen bride instead of a frazzled, stressed bridezilla. Not getting married? It can work for the bridal party too!

So breathe deeply into these poses to fight stress and find serenity.

Before you begin...

If you have a specific condition, illness, glaucoma, high blood pressure, have had a recent surgery or are pregnant, be sure to talk to a qualified medical practitioner or physician before you start practicing. You may experience a level of discomfort in your muscles when you begin your yoga practice, this is natural.  Be very careful not to strain, however,  use your breath to help you relax deeply into any uneasiness. Please do stop immediately if you feel any sharp pains and consult with a physician as soon as possible.


Downward-Facing Dog 

One of the most well-known poses in yoga, the downward-facing dog relieves headaches, aids digestion and warms up your muscles. 

  • Begin on your hands and knees. You wrists should be directly under your shoulders while your knees should be under your hips.
  • Tuck your toes under your heels and inhale. Then, exhale to lift your hips, coming into an upside down 'V' shape. 
  • Work on keeping your legs straight and lowering your heels into the ground. Spread out your fingers, so that you can make a direct line from your middle finger to your elbow. Relax your head between your arms and hold for five breaths. 

The Triangle 

The triangle pose is therapeutic for anxiety, back pain and neck aches, which you're sure to have after a long wedding planning process!

  • Start with your legs and arms wide, with your wrists over your ankles. 
  • Turn your left foot slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right at 90 degrees. (Align your front heel with your back foot's arch.)
  • Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. 
  • Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm towards the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute. 

Chair Pose

Chair pose teaches you how to find your seat of power within yourself, at the centre of your body. Really a deep squat, it engages the strength of your thighs, back and spine. 

  • Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and race your arms above your head, perpendicular to the floor.
  • Exhale as you bend your knees, bringing your thighs as parallel to the floor as they can get. Your knees will project out slightly over your feet and your torso will form approximately a right angle over your thighs.
  • Draw your shoulder blades into your upper back ribs as you reach your elbows back towards your ears. Do not puff your ribcage forward.
  • Stay for 30 seconds to a minute. To come out of this pose, straighten your knees with an inhalation, lifting strongly through the arms. 

Child's Pose 

Child's pose helps calm the brain and relieve fatigue, great if you didn't get enough beauty sleep!

  • 1.Come to kneel on the floor and then touch your big toes together, sit on your heels and separate your knees about as wide as your hips.
  • 2.Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs.
  • 3.Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso with your palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor.
  • 4.Remain in this pose for 3-5 minutes. 


The Corpse

Despite the creepy name, corpse pose is often hailed as one of the most important yoga poses; even though it's not physically demanding. The pose allows the mind and body to integrate all the benefits of yoga by allowing you to connect with your breathing, release tension and experience peace.

  • Sit on your bottom and slowly roll down, vertebrae by vertebrae , until you're lying on your back. Extend your arms a few inches away from your body with the palms facing up.
  • Allow your feet to fall open with your toes pointing out and actively shrug your shoulders down towards your hips. Lengthen through your spine and try push the small of your back into the ground.
  • Close your eyes and get comfortable while breathing deeply. Stay here as long as you want


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