Have Yourself a Merry Little Practice
Ahhh yes... it's that time of year again. The holidays are upon us! The weather grows cooler, the lights and decorations go up, and the festive parties begin. There are gifts, cocktails, and cookies by the dozen. There are family obligations and gatherings with friends, all in celebration of the magic this time of year inspires. It's lovely. And to be quite honest, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming!
As a yoga teacher, something I hear frequently is "How do I keep up with my yoga practice during the holidays?" That's a good question, right? With our attention being pulled in so many different directions and our never ending list of holiday tasks, it can be difficult to designate time every day for yoga practice.
So, here's the thing–I could easily give you suggestions on how best to keep up your yoga practice while maintaining your demanding December social calendar. I could offer you tips and tricks for maximizing your time and prioritizing spiritual practice. I could even offer you healthy recipes that would leave your body feeling nourished and fulfilled, rather than being overloaded with sugar.
But I'm not going to do any of that.
The holiday season happens once a year. It's crazy, chaotic, and occasionally downright stressful. But it's also filled with love and joy!
We gather with friends and family, making memories that will carry us through the dark days of winter. We indulge our senses with sweets and cocktails that only come around once a year. We light Christmas trees, wrap gifts, take walks in the snow, and warm our cold hands by the fire place. We think about all that we are grateful for and begin to make plans for the upcoming new year.
If celebrations and to-do lists temporarily take precedence over your yoga practice, that's ok! Soon enough, the holidays will be behind us and we'll be back to our usual schedules. That's the thing about yoga... it's always waiting for us when we're ready.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the festivities! Merry Christmas and happy Holidays from all of us at Finding Isvara. We look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!
Nikki, Carolyn, Courtney, and Gertrude