As I have been in Goa with very limited internet access, ive been enjoying time being offline. However its nice that Kendra contacted me to share her ideas and tips about how to maintain your yoga practice during the busy festive season, enjoy. Hari Om…
There is No Place like Om for the Holidays!
It’s that special time of year again! During this season, the music carries a magical tune, people put pep in their step, and all we can think about is what to buy our friends and family members for Christmas. Although I love all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite because I get to spend so much time with my friends and family. Moreover, a spirit of giving, which makes me grateful to be alive, marks this season!
Many of us have already begun thinking about what comes after Christmas. Yet while you may have begun contemplating things like New Years Resolutions, concentrate on this very moment. For me, staying positive and peaceful in the present moment results from doing yoga. Although I do have a bit of trouble doing my practices during the busy season, it is very important to me. In fact, I have to find time to do yoga because it brings so much peace and joy into my life.
In recognizing how beneficial yoga practice can be for an individual, I have created a list of l tips and tricks that can help you benefit from this great practice. Whether you’ll be doing yoga in your home or while traveling, these strategies can work for you!
1. Music: Because I have three children and am perpetually busy in the house, there are some times when it seems like I never feel peaceful and calm. So when I do my yoga practice, I always enjoy playing some soft music. Doing so enables me to focus, connect, maintain my posture, and breathe correctly. If you’re looking for great “zen relaxation” music, check out Spotify or Pandora.
2. Mood (Aesthetics): To make the most of your yoga practice, be sure to find a quiet space in your home. Once there, be sure to light some candles or dim the lights. This creates the “yoga studio” effect, one in which the mood is marked by a subtle beauty and flair that results from muted light. In addition to candles, I like to keep a few Eastern statues in the vicinity when I do yoga. If you’re interested in statues, you might try a Buddha piece! Some other decorative options you could try include incense burners, mini-indoor fountains, and paper lamps.
3. Hardwoods: When you get ready to start your yoga practice, don’t practice on carpet. Choose a hardwood floor instead. This is the most pleasant and secure type of surface you could utilize. It’s very difficult to find your placement and balance if you attempt to do your yoga moves on a carpet.
4. Travel: If you’re traveling this Christmas, don’t worry about not being able to do your yoga practices. You can always get your ‘Om’ on as a guest in another person’s house. However, you may find it more advantageous to stay in a hotel that features yoga courses. Several years ago, I went on a business trip and stayed in an Orlando hotel with free rooftop yoga classes. This was a great way for me to remain stress-free while on the road.