Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and relaxation. Family and friends come together in hopes of catching up on old times and taking a break from the daily grind. On the other hand, the holidays are also very busy, filled with excitement, and hustle and bustle. It’s times like these that we need yoga more than any other; it reminds us to stay mindful, present and humble.
Here are a few easy ways to get through the holidays with ease and splendor, as it was always meant to be.
Meditate and set your intentions
Keep this very simple. Even if it’s only for five minutes when you rise in the morning, or maybe it’s in the middle of the day; take a moment to clear the mind. Notice nothing but the breath and the back of the eyelids. Let everything release. When you’re ready to come out of meditation, save some space to set your intentions. This isn’t your to-do list, but more of a theme for the day, here are a few examples:
I will take my time today and not let others dictate my mood or actions.
I will show those around me only love, patience and kindness.
When things get hectic, find your breath; just as you would while practicing the asanas, let it guide you. There are several breathing exercises but one seems to cover a wide range of needs: focus on breathing in and out through the nose. Inhale completely and then hold the breath for at least five seconds, then slowly exhale. Do this as many times you need. This is great for anxiety and to regain focus.
Stretch as much as you can: in the morning, at the table, in the car, out shopping, anywhere and everywhere. We hold a lot of tension during stressful times; this makes us tense up in the shoulders and neck, and even makes us want to eat more. Actively stretch and relax the muscles to relieve tension. You will thank yourself when the new year rolls around.
This is all you need to get you through the holidays, until you can get back to a more stable routine. Everything goes by so fast this time of year, let’s try to be totally present and enjoy every moment of it while it lasts.