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Friday, November 26, 2010

A yoga practice for the overnourished

Holly Horvath side angle poseThe day after Thanksgiving, your body’s going to want a simple yoga practice, says Holly Horvath, a petite-and-powerful Anusara teacher at SoHo’s Virayoga. “Because, let’s face it, we all indulge on Thanksgiving.” So the goal is to give your body a break—and something it can use to process the nutrition holiday you may have just taken.

For the record, Horvath took her out-of-town parents to Commerce for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, sweet potato and cranberry sauce. “When I indulge, I try to do so mindfully—to chew each bite with gratitude.”

For the day after a feast, when you’re feeling bloated, sluggish, and trying to ignore the fridge full of leftovers, Horvath recommends these three types of poses:

Holly Horvath Twisting Pose

Twists can help wring out the ravages of holiday excess

1. Standing poses. “If you want a good cleansing practice, standing poses are a good place to start.”

2. Twists. “Twists are neutralizing poses: they’ll calm the body if it’s agitated and overwhelmed, but they’ll also stimulate the body if you’re feeling dull and lethargic. They’re amazing poses because they give you exactly what you need, and bring your nervous system back to homeostasis,” Horvath explains.

3. Inversions. “From a physiological standpoint, inversions like shoulder stand help the blood flow, so they’re especially good after overindulging in food. That increased blood flow will help clean out your system.”

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