From promise rings to the actual thing—you’re about to get married! It’s electrifying. There’ll be days when you’ll stay up all night with butterflies in your stomach, giddy about what is to come. But it’s also about to get very, very busy.
From finding the wedding venue of your dreams to deciding whether or not to have a coffee station or a photo booth at your reception, there is a long list of things you have to think about. Weddings are magical, but they take time and effort to plan and execute. And when you want to stay healthy to be in great shape come your wedding day, things get even more complicated.
If you want to look and feel best on your wedding day and put your mind at ease after days of planning, you might want to consider yoga. You’ve probably seen a few yoga influencers share its amazing benefits, and they’re pretty much spot on.
Here’s why yoga will do wonders for you before and on your wedding day! You can even drag your future spouse along for the ride.
Physical & Mental Benefits of Yoga That Every Bride Needs
Yoga is a highly efficient technique for relaxation. It’s a collection of traditional Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practices.
It plays a vital role in harmonizing your body with your mind and breath in different ways. What’s more, it teaches you how to manage your body and mind to achieve inner calm—perfect for days when all this wedding planning gets the best of you.
Below are some more reasons why yoga workouts are so important for you and your future spouse:
- It enhances blood circulation throughout the body, which promotes blood flow to your face and helps tighten skin to give you that healthy glow
- Tones your muscles and sculpts your figure to make you look stunning in your wedding dress
- Soothes your mind and allows the body to rest and relax
- Excellent stress reliever for when things go out of hand
- Improves and deepens your sleep
- Relieves back discomfort and aids in weight loss
- Improves muscular strength and flexibility
- Helps with memory and focus problems
- Helps enhance balance and posture
- Helps improve your self-esteem and provides you with inner calm
Easy Yoga Poses You Need To Know
If you’re new to yoga, below are some easy poses you can start with.
The Mountain Pose is an excellent way to begin your yoga workout as it helps you achieve purposeful breathing. In addition, this pose can help calm your mind and relax your body. You can hold this pose for five breaths or however long you feel comfortable.
- Begin by standing straight, toes slightly touching and heels apart, with your body weight evenly distributed.
- Roll your shoulder blades down your back, and dangle your arms down in front of you. Tuck your chin slightly and close your eyes.
- Stand with a straight spine. Make sure your body is securely rooted to the ground.
- Keep breathing steadily as you roll your shoulders down your back.
Another great pose for yoga beginners, the Cat-Cow can help improve your flexibility and spinal strength. It will also aid in preventing back pain and injury by soothing and stretching your lower back.
- Begin on all fours like in a tabletop posture, with your wrists below your shoulders and knees slightly apart below your hips.
- Concentrate on your breathing and as you inhale, arch your back like a cow. As you exhale, round your back like a cat.
- As you transition between postures, keep breathing in sync. Your spine should move and curve along with the movement.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog can be a little bit more challenging for beginners, but with enough practice, you’ll be able to improve your posture and pose. It’s one of the most energizing yoga poses as it engages every muscle in your body. Plus, it helps boost circulation.
- Start with a plank position on the ground, and then push your back to form an inverted V.
- Keep both hands and feet firmly planted on the ground. Your shoulder blades should roll down your back and your tailbone should face the ceiling.
- If your heels don’t quite reach the ground, keep pressing down as your hips rise.
Want to build strength in your core and lower body? The bridge pose is a basic back-bending pose that stretches your back and legs and strengthens your spine.
- Lay flat on your back with your knees bent, and your feet planted firmly on the ground.
- Your hips should be just a width apart. As you lie on your side, your hands should graze your heels.
- Lift your back slowly and gently, pressing your feet firmly on the ground and pushing your arms down to lift your chest.
- Lift your hips higher by engaging your legs and buttocks.
Savasana (Resting Pose)
Finish your workout or practice with the Savasana Pose. This will let your mind and body completely relax. It’s a great way to wash away all the anxieties and fatigue you may be feeling from all your wedding preparations.
- Lie flat on your back. Your entire body should be relaxed.
- Keep your eyes closed. Place your feet on either side and keep your arms relaxed alongside your body.
- Allow your body to rest by breathing gently and naturally in its rhythm.
- Deepen your breath for five minutes or as long as you feel comfortable.
- To emerge out of this position, begin by moving your fingers and toes. Then, raise your knees to your chest, and roll to one side. Get back up to a neutral sitting position.
Staying Healthy Mentally & Physically Before The Wedding Day
If the sound of planning a grand wedding is already enough to exhaust you, then maybe it’s time to consider starting your yoga practice. Trust us, it’ll do you good in terms of your physical health and mental and emotional balance.
Remember that yoga is a continuous process. Experience it for yourself and keep practicing to maintain your inner peace. Speaking of inner peace, if you’re just at the start of your wedding planning journey, we have amazing and useful tips and tricks over on our blog that might help you. Check it out now!