Namaste vom Krampus: the 6 yoga poses Krampus needs to find more inner peace
The Holidays can be a stressful time of year. Presents to buy, errands to run, cookies to bake, family to visit... so much to do in so little time and sometimes the pressure is just too much! Krampus probably feels the same way. He has to make sure that his teeth are clean(ish), his horns nice and polished, hooves ready for the lauf... and talk about pressure to stay organized! Could you imagine if he came on the night of the 5th and left a rod for a good child and St. Nick also left some fruits (talk about sending mixed messages).
Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, I think Krampus deserves a break from all the hard work of terrifying children into good behavior. As a practicing yogi myself... I think yoga would be a great way for Krampus to relax and find some inner peace after haunting nightmares for the past few weeks.
My sister is an experienced yoga instructor so I sat down with her and she told me what she thought were the 6 poses that Krampus should incorporate into his practice to help him find some inner peace
Child's Pose (Bālāsana): HA... I find this suggestion ironic, but Monika says, "It's the perfect place for Krampus to start. He should begin to take some nice deep cleansing breaths, open his hips (which I'm sure are tight after the many Krampuslaufs he's been doing) and massage his third eye center."
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): "This pose is perfect to help Krampus realign and build strength. It's the perfect pose to help him prepare for next year’s new batch of rotten misbehaving children!"
Eagle Pose (Garudasana): "great for balance and the compression of this pose will help bring freshly oxygenated blood throughout his limbs. I'm sure he has over indulged (like most of us do during the holidays), so some fresh blood flow will be helpful for him."
Camel Pose (Ustrasana): "This pose is a great heart opener... and not to judge, but I have a feeling ol' Krampus could use some extra heart opening and let himself get vulnerable just a bit. This pose will also help his posture since he's constantly hunched."
Half Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana): "As Krampus starts to wind down his practice, this pose will allow his emotions to flow and get a little deeper into his hips. This pose is great for letting go... and in the case or Krampus, I'm sure there are some kids he wished he could have frightened just a bit more, but he'll have to get over that. There is always next year!"
Corpse Pose (Shavasana): "Arguably the hardest pose in yoga, final shavasana is where Krampus would end to reflect back on his practice and meditate; letting go of all the negative energy that (clearly) is surrounding him. In this final pose he can try to find some inner peace and also be proud of just making it to his mat."
So there you have it… the 6 yoga poses that Krampus should really work on during his slow season to help him find some inner peace and more relaxation in the coming year. Plus for your entertainment here is a great video of Krampus working on some of these poses!
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika