The Best Yoga Poses For Hangovers

Too much mulled wine? These 6 poses will sort you right out

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Ah, December, month of mulled wine, mince pies and mammoth hangovers.

While fashioning a Solange-esque headdress out of tinsel and photocopying your rear end with James from accounts may have seemed like a good idea at the time (so retro Nineties office party, no?), you're probably regretting it now, one Berocca and two painkillers into the-morning-after-the-night-before.

Fear not, help is at hand in the form of these hangover-banishing yoga postures that kick-start the digestive system and reboot your body and mind.

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Give them a go once you can face getting out of bed.

Child's Pose

Child's Pose
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Sit back on your heels and lower your forehead to the floor, either bringing your arms alongside the body or out in front, whatever feels best in the shoulders.

Place a cushion or a block underneath the forehead, applying a bit of gentle pressure to the space between the eyebrows, and relax for five minutes while focusing on inhaling and exhaling deeply.

Both the breath and the block stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping to reduce any morning-after anxiety and tension.

Cat/Cow

Cat Pose

Come onto all fours, and slowly begin to arch and then hammock the spine while breathing deeply.

Cow Pose

This gentle movement boosts circulation, helping your body reset and bringing a bit of colour back into your cheeks.


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Ragdoll

Ragdoll Pose
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Walk hands back towards feet and slowly roll up halfway, taking hold of opposite elbows. Allow the head to hang heavy and neck to release. This pose relieves that nasty brain fog that hangovers bring, while also calming the nervous system (often frazzled after a night out). It also releases any tightness in the lower back and legs after all that dancing.

Twisted Squat

Twisted Squat Pose

Lower into a wide-legged low squat, placing a couple of cushions or a blanket under your heels if they don't quite reach the ground. Bring your right hand to the floor, inhale your left arm up to the ceiling, twisting open to the left. Hold for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the opposite side. This posture stimulates the digestive system and liver, aiding recovery.

Supine Twist

Supine Twist Pose

Lie on your back and draw your knees towards your chest. Open your arms wide and lower your knees to the right, taking your gaze to the left. Hold for one minute, then repeat on the left side.

Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Still on your back, draw the soles of your feet together and lower your knees to the sides. If the hips are tight and knees are still quite far from the floor, place a cushion under each thigh for support. This is a wonderful posture for easing digestion and bloating. Close your eyes and relax in this position for as long as you comfortably can. When you're ready, slowly come back up to a seated position and open your eyes. Hangover, what hangover? Fern Ross teaches yoga across London and is ELLE's Contributing Fitness Editor. www.fernrossyoga.co.uk


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