As joyful as the holidays can make us, they can also be very stressful. Scrambling for gift shopping, relating to in-laws, organizing charities, and decorating your home can spark more stress than holiday spirit. Slow down, take a deep breath, and remember to practice yoga for holiday stress relief so you can continue to remember what the holidays are really about: sharing time with loved ones.
Because we want you to have the best holiday season possible, consider starting yoga or upping your yoga practice now to make it through the most wonderful (and busy) season of the year.
Why Yoga Is the Antidote to Stress
Yoga is one of the most relaxing, mindfulness-creating exercises you can practice. Because the exercise is rooted in breath control and self-awareness, it naturally helps calm your nervous system even when practicing the most basic poses. Once you make room for even five or ten minutes of yoga a day, it will be far easier to combat holiday-related madness at work or the overbearing critique of the star placement on your tree from your mother-in-law.
Beyond stress relief and being your own private, instant oasis of Zen, yoga offers multiple physical benefits as well. With regular practice, you will experience increased flexibility, strength, and energy. Translate this to holiday-enduring skills and you can hide gifts in harder to reach places, battle other shoppers for great deals during crunch time shopping endeavors, and maintain social energy through all seven holiday parties you have agreed to attend.
Extra Tips for Handling the Holidays
Our biggest tips for you when it comes to yoga for holiday stress is to put a little extra emphasis on breath, purifying your mind with every exhale. Do more restorative yoga, where the poses are less complex but offer a longer time for feeling a gentle stretch. Also, when you are not on the mat, make sure you are not overtaxing yourself and still giving yourself a break here and there so you can enjoy all the best moments of the season.
If you have not practiced yoga much in the past and want to try a few spot sessions to clear your head for the holidays, do not be thwarted by yoga. If you worry that you are not flexible enough or not performing the poses correctly, no sweat. The best thing about yoga is that the practice is about the journey. Wherever you are when you come to the mat is where you are, and each session or class is nothing other than a chance for you to practice being present and exploring the ability of your body and mind on that day.
Core Fusion Will Help You De-Stress
At Core Fusion, our compassionate and highly trained instructors support you every step of your fitness journey, whether you are a beginner or an advanced yogi. When it comes to yoga for holiday stress relief, we are happy to help. Drop by the studio and learn to connect with some inner peace to make the holidays the wonderful time of year it should be.