The holidays are known to be stressful, but there are many ways to channel that stress…yoga offers great benefits that are welcome any time of the year, but especially during the Winter holiday season. We all know it, but how many of us actually heed our own inner voice. From the never-ending lines at the department stores, to high prices on everything from gas to airfare, what’s a girl to do? It’s tough to find the time, but god knows it’s worth it…yoga offers in the form of: meditation, sakshin , pratyahara and pranayama.
As you get ready for that holiday party, think about giving yourself a moment to regroup, to meditate. Meditation helps us prepare for potential stressful situations and is invaluable even when you are not under a great deal of stress. A detached state of being that allows you to better understand the realities around you is referred to as sakshin. While pratyahara is a state of peace obtained by reducing to all outside interferences to a minumum. The mind gets calm and relaxed, focused inwards. By using pranayama, one is able to calm one’s self in almost any difficult situation by regulating the breathing and thus harmonizing the energies in the body. Being prepared for any stress factors that may creep up is paramount for a successful holiday. We always get much better results by addressing an issue with a clear and calm head, rather then acting on an impulse.
Breathing techniques are also of great help when it comes to relaxing a restless spirit and bringing calm to a particular situation. Remember that most holidays are short and you can’t afford to spend half of your stay in a negative mood. After all, you are there to recharge your energy, not to try to waste it on meaningless tensions. When all else fails, remember these eight words: Life is too short to hold a grudge.