The holiday season is with us once again. Joyous, magical music floats through the air and familiar sights and smells bring about a sense of nostalgia. People smile and often have a small spring in their step as they think about which gifts to give to their loved ones. I have always preferred Christmas to most holidays – it is such a nice feeling to be with family and friends!
Without getting too ahead of ourselves with gift giving, shopping, and coming up with the next big New Year’s resolution, we must think about the present moment. All of the holiday cheer can be quite distracting, and I often catch myself neglecting the important aspects of my day-to-day life. I know that I often forget to do yoga, regardless of the fact that it’s quite important to me because of the benefits to my inner peace and my general sense of wellbeing.
This got me thinking about how I could best implement my practice of yoga in my life during the holiday season. That’s when I designed a set of tips that I like to call “Om in the home”. These tips and tricks will help even the busiest of us to create an ideal space for practice in the comfort of our own homes, or even on the road during holiday travel.
1. Music: Children are front and center during the winter season. I have three children of my own which makes for a very busy home. When they’re home on winter break, it often feels like it’s almost impossible to get any peace and quiet. I have found that listening to music while practicing yoga is an excellent way to take care of this issue. Music can help you focus on your breathing while maintaining it properly. Pandora’s Internet radio service and Spotify’s commercial music streaming both provide great zen relaxation music.
2. Mood and aesthetics: Find a space in your home that is as quiet as possible. Dim lighting can really add a peaceful touch to any room. Candles are an excellent substitute for dim lights if you don’t have any. I have discovered that some of the best decorative pieces include eastern statues, incense, small indoor fountains, and paper lanterns.
3. Hardwood flooring: Although plush carpets are comfortable to walk on, they do not work as well for yoga are hardwood floors do. These floors are more solid and will provide you with a more pleasant experience with the use of your yoga mat. Finding the perfect alignment and proper balance on carpet can be a difficult experience.
4. Travel: Traveling may make keeping up with yoga seem a bit daunting, but there is no need to worry. Bring your mat with you on your trip. Trying to practice yoga while staying with friends or family may prove to be difficult, so it may be better to find a hotel. Some hotels even offer yoga classes. I once took a free rooftop yoga class offered by an Orlando hotel I was staying at in for business. Yoga can always help you to relax while on the road.
5. Om Finder: lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. has a great app titled “Om Finder”. This app can help you find a new class wherever you art traveling. It gives you a list of classes within the area as well as times, maps, and a biography for the teacher.
It is my hope that following these tips will bring more harmony to your life amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Have a happy holiday and do not forget to “Om in the home!”