Soul Sisters! I love the holidays and all that it entails. However, I don't know about you but the holidays wear me out ( and I don't even have littles)! I have a minimum of one meltdown which includes a ridiculous amount of uncontrollable crying and biting someone's head off and I look like something the Grinch dragged in in all the family photos. Do you feel me? But no more! This year, I'm reclaiming my joy and presence! We can do it, girls! Let's take our yoga practice off my mat, into our daily life.
Who's with me?
First, I'm shutting down the damn Pinterest perfect ideal of Christmas. I just can't do five garlands twisted together, fifteen themed Christmas Trees, handmade soaps as gifts and the braided Yule bread! Seriously, I can't. So, I'm not. I'm saying "no". Instead, I'm ordering pies from a local bakery, buying small gifts from local artisans and 2 Christmas trees max. Girlfriend, you can do this too. Disconnect the Pinterest App on your phone and stop following those influencers on Instagram. JOY!
Next, I'm going to commit to a daily "Me" practice. Now friend, I know, the schedule is crazy, the kids are being boogers and you don't remember if you showered, but hear me out! We are going for QUALITY OVER QUANTITY here. What will fit in the day? Five minutes? Perfect. Fifteen minutes? Perfect. Let's not even consider more than that. Here are some of my favorite Yoga quickies:
Coffee Meditation: pour your cup, shut your eyes and take five deep breathes of that beautiful aroma, feel the warmth in your hands, take a slow sip.
Mountain Pose: you can do this anywhere, but I love stepping outside, taking off my shoes and standing in the grass. Find your feet and take five deep breaths. Heck, do it while the tea or coffee is brewing or your standing in line at Target.
Morning or Evening Stretches: before you get out of bed or when you first lay down. Sit on the edge of you bed and lean your ear over each shoulder, take a side bend on each side and a gentle seated twist. Then lie down, then a figure four on each side and windshield wiper knees. End with five deep breaths. In the morning, maybe your reverse the sequence. Joy!
Lastly, I'm going to practice this idea from Jen Sincero, author of " You Are a Bad Ass Every Day", each morning. Because I am and you are! I will look around me, and notice five things in my surroundings that bring me joy that I have never paid much attention to. I'll stretch myself to notice how staggeringly abundant my Universe is by looking beyond what I usually see. I'm not gonna write them down or journal about it, because frankly that just stresses me out more. Instead I'll just notice and bask in my gratitude. Joy!
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