Something funny happens on the first of December …
We seem to drop the good habits and rituals, which we know make us happy and healthy throughout the year, right when we need them the most. When we are typically time poor, tired and sometimes overwhelmed.
We all have so much on and it’s difficult to make every social event, work party, Christmas party, let alone find some time to dedicate to yourself, your body and your mind.
We tell ourselves we don’t have time for yoga, meditation and healthy eating is far too hard with all these parties.
I think we have to find a happy medium. For me, I’ll drink a little more champagne than usual and I’ll enjoy it, because hey, it’s Christmas!
But having said that, there are healthy habits I know I need to keep up so this happy time won’t just fly by without being present enough to enjoy it.
Yoga and meditation are my Christmas non-negotiables. I’m committing to meditating most days and yoga at least once a week.
And that brings me to my new yoga discovery. Let me explain:
Life is better with balance, yin and yang right? A lot of us are used to the yang stuff… the busyness, stimulation, work, being assertive in our jobs etc. But I know I also need the opposite- the ‘yin’ to feel balanced and peaceful.
Yin yoga is a slow meditative practice where you’ll stay in poses anywhere from four to twenty minutes (ouch!) This allows the body to relax in an intense stretch, to let go and allow the muscles to release.
It’s a powerful practice physically and mentally. When you’ve been in pigeon pose for ten minutes, you’ll know what I mean!
It’s not widely practiced in Australia yet, but if you find a class your busy body and racing mind will thank you.
What will be your health non-negotiables this season of peace?
By the way, here are some yin classes I’ve tried and recommend.