It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Get ready, get set, get crazy
BY THE MAGAZINE OF YOGA STAFF
Thanksgiving and early Hanukkah, followed immediately by Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year. If I have just one recommendation for you besides breathe, it’s practice.
Under the best circumstances “big days” do a number on our body chemistry. Excitement and extra tasks wind us up, and the stress of managing all that face time with people we love but rarely get to be with can push anxiety buttons.
All that without even mentioning the food. The sugar. The alcohol, cream and other forbidden substances. I mean, there’s chocolate covered chocolate in six directions.
And just at the moment you ought to cut yourself and everyone else a little slack, who gets loud and proud but the perennial unwelcome guest: your inner critic.
Hey – it’s the holidays! Don’t worry. We’ve got your back! Your yoga class schedule may get sketchy during the coming busy days, but your practice can keep you fun and friendly during the most wonderful time of the year.
Three simple ten minute interventions
Here’s how to get back to center (links to instructions):
1 Relax Yeah, you know it. Breathe. Take ten and get yourself back with peace instilling Brahmari breath.
2 Release Let it go, let it go. Free your shoulders of the tension that makes smiling feel like it involves every overtaxed muscle in your body.
3 Recalibrate Get some space back in your emotional epicenter. Release your back and hamstrings.
Tomorrow: Our Holiday Survival Guide Playlist! Smooth, soothing and mellow.
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