As the holidays bear down upon us and we turn our attention toward 2017, it can be tempting to abandon your yoga practice. No doubt, there is a lot to get done during this festive and busy season. However, ‘tis the season of cooler temperatures and emotional ups and downs. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and tired as you face the stress of family chaos, holiday cookie temptation, and gift giving. Now is not the time to take a break from your yoga practice.
Here are 10 reasons to practice during the holidays:
- You slow down. Whether you actively participate or not in the holidays, almost everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle. Yogaoffers you a sweet respite – the chance to stop, gain perspective and return to the present moment.
- You find stability. The longer your ‘To Do’ list, the more agitated your nervous system usually is. Multi-tasking to maximize time means cortisol (stress hormone) levels are high and most of our energy is in our head. Yoga provides the opportunity to connect with our bodies, stabilize and ground ourselves.
- Reenergize. Understandably, it’s hard to avoid the merry-making plethora of sugary treats, alcohol and heavy food at this time of year. These indulgences slow you down, making you feel heavy and tired. Yoga stimulates circulation leaving you feeling alert and energized.
- A break from challenging family situations. Our popular annual workshop, Yoga on Christmas Day, is the perfect exit strategy when family interactions overwhelm. You can grab your yoga mat and skedaddle away for 2 hours.
- You can keep cool during the gift exchange. “Wow, a Disney Cruise with all my nieces and nephews.” You’ll be better able to handle such surprises after yoga.
- Your flexibility will let you bend down, sit on the floor to play and with your grandkids. Someone’s gotta play Santa and pass out the presents from under the tree…why not show off your flawless squatting ability and enjoying playing for hours with your precious grandchildren?
- Your body will get some post-retail therapy. You got trampled during Black Friday buying gifts. Yoga is the best way to recover!
- You can feel at home with likeminded people even if you’re alone on the holidays. Are you a holiday orphan without family close by? Are you an atheist, anti-capitalist or anti-consumerist who thinks Christmas is no longer what it was meant to be? Well, there’s a community just waiting to share with you so you don’t have to be alone.
- You will finish the year strong by honoring your practice. You put in a year of work to get where you are with your Downward-Facing Dog. Keep it going!
- It’ll be that much easier to start 2017 strong. If you take two weeks off, chances are you’ll spend the first few weeks of January recovering from holiday indulgences. Continue to practice yoga over the holidays. That’s what Santa would want for you. You can start the year right with our annual New Year’s Day Workshop!
To support you during the Holidays and into the New Year, have classes all during the holidays and two special workshops.