Congratulations! Your wedding month is here. But hey, it’s no surprise if you’re feeling a little north of frazzled. Enter: Yoga. The ancient practice or maintaining and flowing through various “asanas” or poses can work wonders to restore serenity and channel strength physically and mentally. And while you may see classes or apps geared towards breath work or strength-building, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Bridal Yoga Tutorial. That’s why we reached out to top yoga instructors for their favorite moves to get you mentally and physically grounded and beat anxiety the month leading up to your big day.
It turns out, there are countless benefits to doing yoga as a bride-to-be: "Heart-opening poses, detoxing twists, and mind cleansing inversions all play an essential role in your path to bridal happiness and calm," says Rachael A. Babington, founder of Brides Love Yoga. "At Brides Love Yoga, we give each bride the opportunity to become more present, allowing her to soak up every moment of her big day. We also offer yoga packages for bachelorette parties, weddings, and private sessions with the bride."
Can’t swing a bridal retreat? Don’t sweat it: We’re bringing it to you! Read on and try a pose each day as your big day approaches, and you’ll be saying namaste to flower drama and honeymoon planning stress in no time! Namaste, Mrs.!
Day 31: Noose Pose
“Stand next to a wall with your feet hip-width and parallel to each other. With the wall on your right side, turn to the right and press your right palm into the wall; your arm should be parallel to the ground. Turn your torso back to center. Bend your knees into a full squat, resting your backside on your calves/heels. If you’re not able to get the heels touching floor, squat with the heels high,” explains yoga instructor Francesca Bistarelli of Hilton Waikoloa Village Kohala Spa, Hawaiian Ashtanga Yoga. “Swinging knees to the left and torso to the right, and exhale in-motion to deepen your pose as you reach your arms around, as if you were hugging your lower back.” Holding this for just 30 seconds to a minute will stretch and strengthen your back and ankles and get yourself ready for a day of bouncing around in heels with perfect posture!