I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays bring up a range of feelings from joy and excitement to challenge and, sometimes, downright dread. And then there’s both the physical exhilaration and exhaustion that comes with holiday preparations and celebrations. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to deal with all these emotions with a little more equanimity, balance and energy so that you can give your all to your loved ones (and yourself!) during the holidays?
Something that always helps me get through challenging situations is to get into my body and out of my head through yoga. Seemingly miraculously, some simple yoga movements and restorative postures immediately ground me back into my body and enable me to get out of the vicious cycle of anxiety and exhaustion so that I can be present with the situation at hand. In the Floating Through the Holidays workshops we will explore some gentle yoga movement to help move energy through the body. We’ll then bring out the bolsters, blankets and blocks and settle in to some rejuvenating and restful restorative yoga poses that will help us connect to the still and silent places that sometimes hide during the holiday season. You don’t have to have any prior yoga experience to do this practice, and it’s also ideal for those of you who could use a break from your vigorous yoga practice.
These workshops are scheduled at opportune times – the weekend of Thanksgiving to take a break from this sometimes family-heavy holiday, and a week before Christmas to give yourself an early present and break from the shopping. Think of these workshops as mini-retreats that will help refresh and enliven you during the holiday season. Your body, mind and loved ones will thank you!