Why Have a Yoga Session on Thanksgiving Day

Isaias Lijauco

November 18, 2021

There are a lot of enjoyable things to do on Thanksgiving day. One of these is having a yoga session. As you know all too well, yoga offers countless physical and mental benefits, and it provides the ultimate stretch. But if you still remain unconvinced, then let the following reasons change your mind. Also included are a couple of yoga poses that will help you feel more thankful and relaxed during this holiday.

Top Reasons to Try Yoga on Thanksgiving

To Improve Blood Circulation

There’s no doubt that yoga can get your blood flowing. It does so by relaxing your heart and steadying its rate. This inevitably helps it pump more blood and oxygen throughout your system, leading to better physical and mental performance.

Moreover, yoga helps increase the amount of hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This reduces your chances of encountering cardiovascular diseases, as well as prevent internal blood clotting and strokes. And without such health problems, you’ll be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner more.

To Lower Your Blood Sugar

At the same time, yoga can help improve your blood sugar levels by lowering your cortisol levels. This helps you lose weight better, as well as enhances your sensitivity to insulin. It’s also especially great if you’re diabetic, as it can help you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without worrying about your health (although you should still be careful with what you eat).

Additionally, yoga helps reduce your adrenaline levels by regulating your adrenal glands. This enables your body to maintain its immune system, as well as prevents you from experiencing major depression, insulin resistance, and what-not.

To Relieve Headaches

But yoga doesn’t just provide the ultimate stretch. Doing yoga poses can also help you alleviate headaches and migraine. It does so by reducing your stress levels and losing up the muscles in your head, neck, and shoulders. However, bear in mind that yoga only helps relieve headaches; it doesn’t cure it. If you’re currently experiencing severe migraine, then best see a doctor.

Anyway, many yoga poses are created with the aim of relieving headaches. These include Sukshma Vyayama, Pada Sanchalanasana, and Shashankasana.

To Uplift Your Mood

Another reason to have a yoga session this coming Thanksgiving Day is so you can get into a more festive mood. Similar to working out, yoga helps your brain produce more endorphins, the hormone that gives you that feeling of well-being. It also helps keep you energized during the day, as well as enable you to sleep better at night.

Furthermore, certain yoga poses can help you cultivate a spirit of gratitude. This helps you capture the essence of Thanksgiving in ways no other exercises can.

To Make Yourself Feel Hungry

Lastly, you need to have a yoga session to burn calories and warm up your appetite for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing’s more satisfying than eating a big recovery meal after an intense workout. By doing a couple of yoga poses prior to the event, you’ll basically prepare yourself for a delicious, gratifying meal after.

To further ensure you stay hungry for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, don’t drink any energy drink during your yoga session. Instead, you should just stick with water.

Great Yoga Poses to Try Out

Now that you know why you should have a yoga session on Thanksgiving Day, time to check out some of the moves that will give you the ultimate stretch.

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

This yoga pose may look simple, but it’s actually a bit challenging to pull off. Still, one you do, you’ll be able to perform other basic poses (as this one serves as the basis for most of them) in your Thanksgiving yoga session.

  1. Stand up tall and straight, with your toes together and your heels slightly apart.
  2. Spread your toes and shift your weight evenly on your feet. Then contract your core and pull your hips a bit so your tailbone is pointing towards the floor. Keep your shoulders relaxed by rolling them back and down.
  3. Take a deep breath, raise your arms, and reach overhead. At the same time press down on the ground with your feet.
  4. Put your hands together in a prayer position, then slowly lower it towards the front of your chest.
  5. Hold this position for 3 to 5 breaths.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

Meanwhile, the Downward-Facing Dog pose is a great choice if you want to stretch your spine and back leg muscles. Its benefits include smoother digestion, reduced stress, and better nervous system, among other things.

  1. Kneel on all fours on the floor or your best yoga mat. Keep your hands below your shoulders and your knees below your hips.
  2. Press the ground with your index finger and thumb.
  3. Then lift your tailbone by pushing your butt upwards to the back and drawing your hips to the ceiling. Keep your legs as straight as you can while simultaneously pushing your heels gently on the ground.
  4. Thick your head in between your arms and face your knees. Keep your back as straight and flat as you can.
  5. Hold this position for 5 to 10 breaths, then return to the starting position.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Inspired by the Hindu god Shiva, the Warrior II pose can help boost your stamina, stimulate your abs, and relieve backaches. It’s great for stretching the muscles on your shoulders, chest, groin, and hips.

  1. Stand up tall and straight. Then step forward with your left (or right) foot so your feet are almost mat-length apart. This is the starting position.
  2. Extend your arms sideways so that they are parallel to the ground.
  3. Bend your forward knee until your calf and thigh are making a 90-degree angle (or close enough). Make sure your thigh is parallel to the floor and your other leg is straight.
  4. Turn your other foot out to the left or right until it’s perpendicular to your forward foot. Keep your forward heel in line with the arch of your other foot.
  5. Then slowly and gently rotate your torso to the left or right (depending on which foot is forward) until one side of your hip is facing downward while the other side is facing upward. Keep your hands outstretched while doing this.
  6. Hold this position for 1 to 5 breaths.

Uttanasana (Forward Fold)

Lastly, you can try the Forward Fold pose during your Thanksgiving yoga session. This particular technique is designed to provide the ultimate stretch for your hips, hamstrings, and calves. Its benefits range from stronger spine, thighs, and knees, to reduced stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

  1. Take a deep breath, then raise your arms from your sides until they’re over your head.
  2. As you exhale, fold your torso over your legs, while simultaneously releasing your arms either sideways or in front of your body (like a swan dive). If you’re doing this yoga pose for the first time, then slightly bend your knees to avoid injuring them and your hamstrings. Also, don’t pull yourself down to try to force your torso to fold; let gravity do that for you.
  3. As you relax, stretch out your legs as far as you can without being uncomfortable. If you experience any pinches or shooting pains, then you should stop your movement immediately.
  4. As you finish the fold, you can place your hands on your shins, feet, or the floor. This helps passively stretch your spine and your hamstrings, as well as let you maintain your balance while doing the pose.

Do Yoga on Thanksgiving

If you want to try out something new on Thanksgiving Day, then you should consider having a yoga session. With the numerous benefits it offers aside from giving you the ultimate stretch (not to mention the fun you might have), it’s definitely one of the best ways to spend the holiday.

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Isaias is one of the content contributors for Bodytrends. As someone who’s interested in getting fitter himself, he’s written quite a lot on topics such as juice cleansing, gym equipment, and stretching exercises. He’s also interested in various contact sports, particularly boxing, Krav Maga, and kendo. Isaias currently resides in the Philippines with two pets (a dog and a cat). He’s waiting for the pandemic to end so he can start working out at the nearest gym again.

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