I have been seeing a lot of very stressed students in the build up to these “holidays”.
Unfortunately, for many of us, it can be quite a stressful time.
I give out homework sheets and advise students on their home practice, but I am a realist.
So if there’s only time to do one pose, then this is the one to do in my opinion!
The supported bridge, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, shown here as a restorative version, which really helps our stress levels. It opens the chest, supports the back and helps us to breathe and relax. You could try it off a low bed, or on a pile of carefully folded towels or blankets to replicate the support shown. The person here has tied a belt around their ankles and thighs too so they can relax more, but you can try without if you prefer. The first time you try it you might not be able to stay long, but each time you can stay longer than the last. Staying still for ten minutes and watching how the breath expands the chest in all directions will make a real difference to your stress levels this christmas. Good luck!