Happy Holidays Yogis… AND NOW THE PRACTICE OF YOGA
Though everyday is a great day to practice yoga, I can’t think of a better time of the year to have more awareness than around the holidays. An opportunity for every yogi to recognize that loose hamstrings, handstands, and double chatturangas are not the ingredients in the yogi recipe that make our lives a peaceful pie. This year, instead of contributing to the method of madness, I have put together something easy for you to whip up the moment your holiday season is interrupted by gluttony, anxiety, and Ocean Spray cranberry sauce.
1. Wine, Water, or Meditation — Keep Your Cup Runneth Over
Self care is the main ingredient to the peaceful pie crust, in other words, to keep our shit together. I have never known a relationship between any one or two people to work that is filled with stress, reaction, and exhaustion. BREATHE, do your practice, meditate, and write down what you are grateful for — Gratitude is what the holidays are about anyway, right?
2. Less is More
In a society where we use the term, “less is more,” we sure do run ourselves to the nth degree. In order to not burn your pie crust or experience burn out, take yourself to a restorative or yin class. If you drive a car without ever getting it maintenance, it is going to break down. If you leave your pie in the oven too long, it’s going to burn and be inedible. Prioritize what is important to do, who is important to see, and rest when you need to restore your giving heart.
3. Live a Little
I have come to realize that pies are shit if they’re fat free, sugar free, and calorie free. I used to be that person that would bring my own food to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was afraid to eat the rolls, casseroles, and cheese rolls because there was no way in pumpkin roll hell I was going to gain weight over one meal. The holiday meals do not have to be a mental tug-o-war. Live a little, eat mindfully, nourish your body, take what you want, leave what you don’t want, be grateful that you have food to eat, and love yourself.
4. Gifting vs. Greed
I didn’t realize how sensitive of a subject “gifting” was until I asked my friends what they stress out about the most during the holidays. Just so we are clear, the word gift by definition means, “a thing given willingly to someone without payment.” If you’re giving gifts with an expectation, you are contributing to the assholery of humanity. If you gift with an expectation of receiving a gift back, that isn’t really giving. That’s called, foolery and creating your own misery. Giving and receiving with expectation takes the sweetness out of the pie. If you disagree with me, repeat the mantra, “I am enough,” for 20 minutes with your eyes closed. Then, if you still disagree with me, close your eyes and repeat said mantra for another 20 minutes. Repeat until you believe it.
5. If all else fails, remember this Yoga Sutra:
“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”