One essential yoga move to help keep holiday kilos at bay

Yoga at the best of times helps clear your mind and restore balance both physically and mentally and it’s one of those exercise routines you can take with you anywhere. This festive period, don’t find excuses and make sure you include yoga in your daily activities. Just moving through a simple flow, or relaxing in a soothing position will change how you feel.

While yoga is proven to be a stress reliever and mood uplifter, it’s also a great way to keep your body toned and in shape.

If you want to keep your tone and abs tight this festive season, my yoga teacher recommends this one yoga move to include in your daily yoga routine – side plank to crescent twist.

This flow targets multiple muscles including your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis and obliques. It also strengthens the legs, hips and upper back while improving your balance and focus.

Here’s how to do it:

Begin in side plank position with both feet flexed (as pictured). Take your top leg and lift it up six inches. Draw the top knee into your chest and hold it there for three slow breaths. Look down at your bottom hand and place your top foot four inches toward the front of the mat. Pivot your back heel off the mat and land in a low lunge, then twist over that front leg with your hands in prayer position. Hold for three slow breaths. Return to side plank and then flow through a Vinyasa (chaturanga, up dog, down dog), and repeat on the other side.