15 Yoga Practice Tips & Strategies for the Holidays

Maintaining a yoga practice during the holidays can get tricky. We tend to eat heavy, drink heavy, and play heavy. Mix in kids and travel and it becomes that much more difficult to hit the mat. Yes, difficult...but not impossible.

Here are some tips and strategies to ensure you maintain a little mat action amidst all the holiday madness:

  1. Get family members, friends, and visitors on board. Commit to a class or practice yoga at home together. You can even include the kids with this practice by Lindsey Valdez!
  2. Keep your mat unrolled on the floor at home as a reminder and invitation to practice a short asana sequence, meditation, pranayama technique, or a brief, yet blissful savasana.
  3. Read a book on Ayurveda and food. I highly recommend The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. This book will inspire clean eating, a health-conscious lifestyle, and maybe some creativity in the kitchen.
  4. Drink warm water and lemon every morning to keep the system alkalized and promote digestion.
  5. Stay hydrated!
  6. Eat in moderation.
  7. Enjoy plenty of rest so food can digest properly.
  8. Cleanse and detox the body with some sweet, long twisting poses. Enjoy these online yoga classes, focusing on twisting postures:
  9. Inhale deeply, exhale fully. This mantra becomes especially effective if you are dealing with confrontational family members or traveling with rambunctious kids. Repeat as much as needed to remind yourself to breathe. Infuse your experience with some deep Ujjayi breathing, as well.
  10. Take extra long walks.
  11. Leave the holiday parties before things get too wild.
  12. Practice a short meditation every day to soak up the moment and facilitate stillness and calm. Enjoy our abundance of online meditation videos.
  13. Infuse some grounding restorative postures into your home sequence. Check out these short practices (under 15 minutes) for inspiration.
  14. Cut yourself some slack and have a good time with friends and family. Adjust your practice accordingly. It is just a few days out of the year, so no harm done if you break your normal patterns of practice.
  15. Lighten up, enjoy the festivities, have a restful and merry Christmas Day, and live fully in each moment.

What practice tips and strategies do you suggest for the most wonderful time of the year?

~TJ

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