Ways yoga can help you beat holiday stress

Research shows that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder. If you find yourself missing sunshine and struggling to boost your mood, hitting the mat can help.

With so many potlucks and family get-togethers, the holidays can feel more stressful than relaxing. Yoga reduces your levels of cortisol — the hormone released when you’re stressed — which means it also keeps you feeling calm, cool, and collected.

Hobbling around on snow and ice can tighten your muscles up and mess with your alignment. Flexibility-promoting yoga poses were designed to open you up, while core-strengthening ones help you build the centeredness you need to feel steady on slippery slush.