16/12/13: Yoga During The Christmas Holidays

Sometimes it can prove difficult to sustain our practice throughout the holiday season, due to classes being cancelled or being busy with friends and family. I wanted to provide a few tips on how to deal with these issues.

Firstly, don’t feel guilty if you’re not able to practise as regularly as you would do normally. Guilt is such an unproductive emotion – be kind to yourself and know you can pick up your yoga again when the time is right. It can actually be beneficial having short breaks from yoga as they allow the body to really integrate the practise. Also, the body has a memory and will hold all the information you have absorbed previously.

Be more realistic with your expectations. You may not have time to commit to a full routine but even a short practise or a series of sun salutations kickstart the metabolism and allow some time and space to clear the mind. Perhaps seek out a short routine from the internet or, if you have time, you could always follow my podcast on the theme of change - available to download free here.

With regards to food and drink, I believe these are delights to enjoy. However, I try to remain mindful when it comes to treats – I may have small amounts of good food and really enjoy them, instead of overeating. Remember, it takes half an hour for the brain to register that the stomach is full. And with regards to hangovers, yoga can be a great remedy.

For me, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones, taking time out to nourish and relax and finding light and beauty in the dark months of winter.

With all that in mind, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing everyone in January ready to begin the new year.