It’s that time of year when we all get stressed out from traveling, shopping, parties and our long holiday to-do lists. Time is short, space is limited and family and friends are all around us. Unfortunately, our yoga practice is the first thing we usually sacrifice for holiday celebrations. Here are some tips on fitting yoga into your holiday plans and travels.
- Dedicate 5-10 minutes everyday. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You might not have that precious hour that you want, but promise yourself at least 5 minutes a day. Get into downdog, do some light stretching or sun salutations or do a 5-minute mediation. Even 5 minutes will bring you some of the same benefits as your usual hour-long practice.
- Find a yoga class on YouTube. You’re not at home at your regular studio with your favorite teacher, but you can still practice. There are tons of yoga videos varying in length online. Find a few you like and make them your go-to traveling instructors.
- Do at least one inversion. If your day gets crazy and time slips away from you, kick up into a handstand or get on the ground and tripod up into a headstand. Inversions are especially beneficial because they strengthen your muscles, heighten your awareness, get your blood flowing and focus your attention. If you only have time for one pose, do an inversion.Upsidedowndog: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Inverting Everyday
- Breathe. Yoga is all about the breath, so whenever you feel stress creeping in, take a few minutes to gather your thoughts and tune into your breathing.
- Be open to making adjustments to your practice. You don’t need to be dripping in sweat for it to count. You may need to take it down a notch or two depending on where you are. Just doing a simple hip opener or leg stretch will awaken your body and relax your mind.
- Warrior in the Aisle. Ok, so maybe you’re not brave enough to bust out a warrior 2 on an airplane, but the low cabin pressure and dry air circulation on the plane can inhibit your circulation. Doing a few simple poses to get the blood flowing is great for you. Take a stroll down the aisle doing lunges or forward bends. In your seat you can do a few cross-legged poses or arm and neck stretches.
- Find a buddy or turn it into a family event. The best way to make time for yoga while you’re with family is make yoga a family event! Push the furniture out of the way and turn your living room into a mini-studio. If you feel comfortable, you can lead a few simple poses, or pull up your favorite yoga video and put it on for everyone to follow along.
- Master one sequence. You might have a stretch of days with limited time, so find a short yoga sequence you can do everyday. Doing the same sequence over and over increases your awareness and allows you to focus more on your breath and body and less on which pose is coming next.