Practicing yoga is much more than just the postures, we develop our inner light and learn to shine.To integrate the full “on and off the mat” yoga life starts with our breath, then our thoughts, actions, decisions, interactions with others, our daily routines, our surroundings, everything can reflect the extent of our Yoga practice. The lead up to Christmas can get very busy, being more present and aware can make all the differnce to how we feel.
|Just breathe. Sometimes all we can do is breathe. Stuck in traffic and late, focus on your breath. When stressed out Christmas shopping , become aware then breathe slower and calmer. . Even if you can’t get on your mat because of a packed schedule, practice breathing techniques. Then when you do hop on your mat, your practice will be even better.
Be present with others. When we are busy its easy to not to fully listen, take time for your conversations be fully present, deeply listen to what they’re saying rather then thinking about what you’re going to say next.
Be kind. Next time someone is unkind or cold to you extend some compassion, maybe they are not feeling so good.
Be flexible. Yoga teaches us to be flexible in mind aswell as body we can be more resilient smoothly bouncing back from challenging stressful moments returning to our inner balance.
Be less judgmental. In the coming weeks, especially if you are extra busy become more aware of your internal dialog, tone and phrases. See if you can find ways to be more surportive towards yourself.
A wonderful Christmas present to loved ones or yourself is Max Strom’s book
A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing. The book teaches us that by healing our past emotional wounds, silencing the inner critic and cultivating a yoga and breathing practice, we can elevate ourselves from the mindset of a reactionary victim to an authentic life of meaning, health, and joy.
Namaste, find the light in yourself and others as we lead up to Christmas. We can all find ways of spreading some inner light as we embrace the shortening of the days and preparing for the Winter season.