Everyone’s spirits are high in the summer and sometimes it’s easy to indulge in too many spirits! Summer BBQs and pool parties often involve ice-cold alcoholic beverages. Also, many weddings take place in the summer and it can be difficult not to have fun drinking and dancing the night away. I’ve never been one to drink too much, and for the past 10 months haven’t been drinking at all! I can relate, though, to feeling out of sorts the next day after having an extra glass of wine or two when there’s something special to celebrate.
If you overindulge in one too many cocktails and wake up feeling not so great the next day, you can combat your hangover with some simple yoga moves. Resist the urge to indulge in a heavy meal and pop a Tylenol. The best thing you can do, is eat a breakfast high in fiber (oatmeal or sprouted wheat toast) and good quality protein (hard boiled egg instead of greasy bacon), drink a hydrating coconut water along with your coffee or tea, and move the body to sweat out the alcohol.
Swaying Warrior—Begin with a standing pose to get your blood flowing and work up a little sweat. In swaying warrior, you’ll stretch the sides of the waist, kidneys and liver, which will help move the alcohol out of your blood stream.
Start with your legs one leg length apart, turn your right foot forward ninety degrees and your left foot in about forty-five degrees. Bend your right knee deeply coming in to warrior two. Inhale, reverse the warrior by lengthening your torso backwards and sliding your left hand down your back leg. Exhale, come forward and place your right elbow above your right knee and extend your left arm overhead. Continue swaying back and forth for 5 to 8 cycles. Repeat on the opposite side.
Seated Spinal Twist—Twists are great for digestion and help move things along in our body. They are detoxifying postures and great for cleansing the internal organs. Twists are comfortable, feel good, and help work out the kinks from a crazy night out.
Start seated with your right knee bent underneath you and step your left foot outside your right thigh (if your hips are too tight, you can keep the right leg straight). Lift up out of your lower back and wrap your right arm around your left knee, place your left hand behind your back and twist to the left. Inhale, to lengthen taller, and exhale to twist deeper. Hold 5 to 8 breaths then repeat on the opposite side
Janu Sirasasana—Head to knee pose is a twist and a forward bend. It’s a great stretch for the kidney region and it helps with hangover headaches by stretching out the neck, back and shoulders.
Start seated with both legs straight out in front of you. Bend your left knee back and place the sole of the left foot on the inner right thigh. Twist your torso towards the right leg and lengthen forward over it. Hold the stretch for 5 to 8 breaths then repeat on the opposite side.
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Renowned celebrity trainer, Kristin McGee, is certified in Yoga, Pilates and Fitness—and dedicated to a program of healthy eating for all. She has just introduced her latest DVD, Prenatal Yoga & Pilates - Perfect for Moms-to-Be, choose from 5 different routines to stay strong and sexy throughout pregnancy. While pregnant with her first, she developed a workout program for expectant mothers that has worked for her, and will work for you, too! And her most recent APP is YOGA AND PILATES WITH KRISTIN MCGEE. She has been featured on CNN, CBS Morning Show, Fox, Good Morning America, Tyra Banks to name a few, a Health Magazine Contributing Editor, a Fila Yoga Ambassador, and teaches at Reebok/Sports Club LA, Clay Health Club and Spa, Equinox Fitness, Yoga Works, and more. Kristin has worked with a long list of celebs such as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, LeAnn Rimes, Emilia Clarke, Christine Stiller, Erin Heatherton, Savannah Guthrie and appeared in the DVD, Body by Bethenny. Kristin trains people from all walks of life, from nutrition specialists, supermodels, CEOs, moms, to actors!
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