During this time of the year, I often have students asking me how they can keep up a practice over the holidays. Some might find it hard to get the motivation, while others might not have the time.
Whatever your plans are for the holidays, there are a few helpful things to remember when keeping up your yoga.
- You don’t have to prepare. Sometimes “planning” for your own yoga practice means setting a space, getting a mat, putting on the right clothes, lighting candles, etc. While these are all great things to do, it’s not really necessary, and can often lead to procrastination. Sometimes I’ll just slip in a bit of yoga while waiting for the kettle to boil. It can be as simple as that! You can do bits of pieces of yoga wherever you are.
- Just breathe. If you are missing your yoga practice, and still can’t find time to fit it in, you can always just breathe. I used to do this thing at parties or large gatherings when I needed some time on my own. I’d go to the bathroom or find a quiet room and simply breathe for 10 breaths. It didn’t matter what I was wearing, where I was, or even if I’d had a couple of drinks. I could always find 2 minutes to breathe. Every time I did this for myself, I was way more present and available for others.
- Teach someone! Maybe you’re with your family and you’re just bursting to do a pose or two. Strike up a bit of conversation about what you’ve learned and what you’ve experienced in your classes. Then maybe show them a simple pose like Tree.
- Know that yoga isn’t just movement. Yoga is being present. So if you want to give your physical body a break, find spaces to be aware. Go a bit slower when things feel fast. Remember again and again to breathe. And, most importantly, be kind and open-hearted to yourself and those around you.
YogaHub wishes you a very happy holiday season!