It’s natural to feel stressed out before your wedding. There’s lots to plan and you’re aware that you’re making a big commitment and want everything to be perfect.
I get it.
That’s why we’ve put together a quick yoga sequence you can do every day to help you get over those wedding day jitters. You can perform this routine anytime you want to help you ground in and relax in the present moment. You’ll also get the bonus benefit of building strength and may even lose a little weight.
Let’s dive in…
5 Yoga poses for wedding day jitters:
The poses below are all intentionally easy to perform so you don’t have to be a self-proclaimed yogi. In fact, if you’ve never done yoga before, this is a great place to start! This sequence is also a great one to help your bridesmaids destress (hint, hint).
When performing the routine below, focus on your breathing. Try to breathe and ground in the present moment, letting everything else go for the moment. Hold each pose for as long as you’d like and repeat it as many times as you want.
The forward bend is one of those poses that loosens your back from the top to the bottom. Most of us store stress in our backs and shoulder areas. With a forward bend, you can relax into a pose that relieves compression and loosens up your back muscles. Additionally, the forward bend relieves tension in your hamstrings and glutes which helps to correct posture and prevent future tightness.
To perform the pose, you simply stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. From there, you bend forward, hinging at the hips. If you can keep your legs straight, that’s optimal. If not, don’t worry about it right now. As you’re bending over, draw in your belly button to deepen the stretch throughout your hamstrings, glutes, and back.
Relax in the pose for 30 seconds and focus on your breathing. If you notice you have tightness anywhere, hold the pose longer until the tension relaxes. If you’re unable to perform the forward bend without assistance, consider using a prop such as a yoga swing to aid you in safely supporting yourself until you’ve built proper balance.
Cat-Cow is actually two poses that complement each other. The cat pose involves rounding your back and pulling your head under. The Cow pose involves straightening your back and lifting your head. This is another pose that helps in removing spinal rigidity, relieving tension, and giving you an opportunity to breathe and ground into the moment.
To perform the cat pose, begin on all fours on your yoga mat. Round your back toward the ceiling and release the top of your head towards the floor. Hold the pose for a moment and feel the stretch along your spine.
Next, move into the cow pose. To perform the asana, it’s almost the exact opposite of the cat pose. While you’re on all fours, inhale and drop your belly towards the yoga mat. Then lift your gaze up toward the ceiling. Draw your shoulders away from your ears and feel the stretch along your back.
You can move from one pose to another without holding either cat or cow for any period of time if desired. This moving back and forth both forces you to breathe deep and does wonders for spinal mobility. Alternatively, you can slowly move from cat to cow, holding each one for a few seconds.
How could you not love the child’s pose? Just the name conjures nostalgic memories. Childs pose is excellent for relieving stress and it’s remarkably easy to perform. You simply sit on your heels and extend your arms out over your head while placing your forehead against the mat. Focus on elongating your spine and stretching your shoulders throughout the pose.
Hold this pose for as long as you’d like if you feel any tension or tightness anywhere. This is an excellent pose for breath work and a comforting pose that’s ideal for wedding day jitters.
Plank is an active pose that builds core strength and gets your blood flowing. Sometimes when we feel anxious, the best thing to do is get active. With the plank, it works all of your core muscles that crunches don’t hit. And as you know, this can bring your waist in and help you fit into your wedding dress and clothes that much better.
To perform the plank pose, simply assume the push-up position. Then drop down to your elbows so that your forearms are resting on the mat at shoulder-width apart. The temptation is to bring your hands together. However, this can put pressure on your rotator cuffs so keep your hands shoulder-width apart as well.
Now tighten at the core like you’re drawing your belly button in towards your spine. Keep your back straight and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds or as long as you can. Repeat this pose 3-5 times and you’ll notice that you both feel more capable and have a better posture. I highly recommend doing planks every day, even after your wedding day. It keeps your core tight and your spine healthy.
Legs up wall
The legs up wall pose is a great choice for relaxing and focusing on your breath. This is also an excellent pose for lymphatic drainage and relieving swelling in the lower half of your body if you happen to have any.
To perform the pose, you simply scootch your bottom up to a wall while lying on your back. It helps to have a yoga mat or blanket that you can roll up and place under your hips to relieve pressure. Now, extend your legs until they’re as straight as possible up the wall. Keep your arms directly out to your sides for stability and hold the pose for several minutes. Focus on breathing deep the entire time.
By repeating this routine every day you’re actively participating in that much needed “me time” that you’re probably missing out on during this stressful yet beautiful event. You’re also building strength and connecting with the present moment. So if you’re never performed yoga before, trust me, you’ll have a more empowered day and feel so much better after.
Guest Writer: Brad Ormsby is an on and offline entrepreneur who's started multiple companies including the online blog, Freedom Genesis. He loves writing about a variety of topics and doing yoga/meditation in his free time