Diwali Yoga Poses to Celebrate the Festival of Lights

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.⁠

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps". Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. ⁠

Diwali Traditions:
  • Many lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets and in houses
  • People visit their relatives and have feasts
  • Fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion
  • Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the new year

Let's celebrate this wonderful festival by practicing some yoga:

Candle Pose:

Lay on your back on the mat. Lift your legs up to the sky, or gently rest your legs on a well. Keep your arms by your sides. Hold this pose for a few breaths.

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Fireworks Pose:

From Mountain Pose, jump your feet as wide apart as your can. Raise your arms to the side and move them back and forth just like a firework. Twinkle your fingers for extra sparkle!

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Goddess Lakshmi Pose:

Begin by standing tall on your mat. Jump your legs wide apart and point your toes outwards. Bend your knees to a squat position and raise your hands to a goal post.

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Flower Pose:

From butterfly pose with the heels touching, reach your arms over the thighs and under the calves. Then rock back until balanced on your bottom. Separate your fingers to show off your beautiful petals!⁠

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Dancers Pose:

Stand in Mountain Pose. Bend one foot up and hold onto that foot with your same-sided hand. Lift your other hand towards the wall and lean forward. Try your best to balance for a couple of breaths.

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Lantern Pose:

Sit on your bottom with your legs crisscrossed. Bring your hands to rest on your knees with your palms facing up.

Yoga pose with plants surrounding woman

Here are some fun facts about Diwali for kids: https://www.getlitt.co/blog/10-fun-facts-about-diwali-for-kids/

Why not add in some fun festive books to learn all about this holiday?

Diwali Story Book for Kids by Pratap L. Bhardwaj

Binny's Diwali by Thrity Umrigar

Light Your Candle It's Diawli by Prisha Laskar

Have a wonderful Festival of Lights friends!

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