Tips for Managing your Holiday Madness!

Tips for Managing your Holiday Madness!

The season of celebration is upon us.  The days leading up to the end of the year can be packed with shopping and family gatherings, in addition to managing your regular routine.  These added activities can increase stress levels and limit time on your mat.  Instead of falling victim to the holiday madness, try the following techniques to clear your mind and relax:

 1). Take 5 minutes out of your day to practice Pranayama.  Focus on a small object or point in space and consciously breathe. Don’t get caught up in doing it right, just follow your breath in and out of your body with focused attention. The break from a busy day will help reframe your mind and, if needed, cool down your emotions. 

2). It's okay if you don't have time for a 90 minute practice.  What DO you have time for?  If 15 minutes is all you can spare, roll out your mat for some Sun Salutations, or just roll around on your mat and be spontaneous!  Any time spent on the mat has benefits both mentally and physically.

 3). Follow the Golden Rule.  This is the premise behind Ashtanga's first limb, Yama.  Try to take a step back from a stressful situation, remember to breathe, and conduct yourself in a manner that respects both you and those around you.