The holidays call for the necessity of the yin-yang mentality, but often we find ourselves struggling to balance the overindulgence and the overabundance that comes with the season. Whether it’s indulging too much on the holiday foods or treats, or spreading ourselves too thin for friends and family, sometimes we lose ourselves in the effort to keep up.
There are presents to be bought, meals to be cooked, events to attend, parties to plan, family to see and friends to entertain. What happens to the time for self care? Believe it or not, you need to reserve some time for yourself during this busy season. I know, you’re laughing — how is that even possible?
Well, we turned to our amazing Tribe Leaders for some advice. Here’s what they have to say about how to stay balanced this holiday season:
“I make sure I start my morning and end my day with a short yoga flow and stretch so I get mental and physical time to myself; I allow myself to decline attending events if I know it’s going to be a source of extra stress or anxiety; journaling!; having a consistent bedtime routine also helps me get rid of the holiday craziness.” - Veronica Lendman
“Slowing right down and staying on budget! Grief flares up during this time for me. Journaling to get my thoughts on paper is a must.” - Daisy Jeys
“I do service work during the holidays. I cook and serve at shelters and soup kitchens. It’s a good humbling reminder to be grateful for what we have. I do service work at least once a month for the same reason and teach a karma class for a group of underprivileged communities wherever I can at least once a week. That helps slow your roll like nothing else. Gifts don’t have to be bought - they can come from the yoga heart. It’s beautiful to see how people who have never done yoga react to their first practice.” -- Leslie Amadio
“I created a meditation room so that i could meditate more. I recommend going to a meditation class or creating your own little meditation nook in the home. Try meditating twice a week and increase it from there.” - Alex Tran
“I make time to be alone, sit in quiet, meditation, celebrating Advent as a reminder of what (for me) the season is really all about, listening to positive music as a reminder that Christmas should be about fun and joy not chaos and craze and over spending.” - Rebecca Cutler
What to give the gift that keeps on giving? Buy one of your loved ones a YogaClub gift and we’ll provide a child in need with a yoga class! Talk about the perfect balance of yin-yang.