We spent a good bit of time in early December filming a new video series called Holiday Yoga, which is a set of self-care practices that were intended to help us all through the busy-ness of the holiday run. Ironically enough, I got too busy during the holidays to actually release these videos. So I guess that makes me some sort of a hypocrite, or maybe just a procrastinator. But while I failed to share these stress-reducing strategies with you, I certainly practiced each of them on my own, and this produced a few key insights worth relaying. First, while I ordinarily like to practice an hour of yoga each day, it was reaffirming to only do 20-minute routines here and there. Reaffirming because one of the core beliefs of MYTG is that quality and frequency matter more than duration. Meaning that yoga is more effective when done more consciously and consistently rather than infrequently and with high intensity. Second, it’s hard to give fully and effectively if one hasn’t first received. Received enough sleep, nourishment, rest, etc. That might sound terribly obvious, but sometimes we overlook obvious truths. So, could we turn that into an easily memorizable MYTG aphorism for future reference? Something like, the ability to share originates with self-care? I’m open to less corny renditions of that sentiment; feel free to write back if you can think of something better. And finally, the last thing that I realized through this whole episode was that Holiday Yoga might actually be better suited to early January because so many of us are feeling like we need a holiday from the holidays!
In any case, I hope that you enjoy these offerings and that they serve you no matter where you happen to be stationed and no matter what type of condition you’re in. Holiday Yoga #1 is a well-rounded practice that will re-energize your body/mind. Holiday Yoga #2 is a centering practice that uses the support of a wall to help refine your alignment. Holiday Yoga #3 is one of my personal favorite heart-opening routines, which was designed to create buoyancy in your chest and lightness to your being. And Holiday Yoga #4 features the ultimate in restoration. It’s literally just one decadent restorative pose that soothes the nervous system and smoothes the breath. String them all together or try them a la carte and you will be reminded of the state of well-being that is always available to us when we come back home to our body and breath.