Thursday, November 25, 2010

Yoga for Holiday Sanity

Blessed day all ~

Holidays are a wonderful time of year spent with family and friends, however they can also cause stress and anxiety. Bring your yoga practice into your holiday by incorporating these simple tips:

1. breathe deeply - when we get anxious about food, family, traveling we often have shallow breathing. Breathing deeply can help center our focus, reduce stress and help us be present in the moment.

2. be mindful of what you eat and drink - the holidays bless us with an array of food and beverages that are delicious, but packed full of added calories, sugar and fat that can make us feel sluggish and lethargic. Gravitate to the vegetables first and fill yourself up on energy food - food that comes from the earth (vegetables, oats, range free turkey/chicken). Your body will thank you.

3. yoga for circulation and stress management - don't have time to get to a class, try these sequences to help you get through the moment, day or weekend:
If you cannot open the attachment, focus on a simple sun salutation or simple Vinyasa flow.

Simple Vinyasa Flow:
child's pose
cat pose
cow pose
downward facing dog
downward facing dog
child's pose
downward facing dog
child's pose
(repeat 5-6 times)

Many many blessings to you and your family. Safe travels :)

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