Restorative yoga is the key to your holiday survival guide. No matter where you live in the world and no matter which holidays you celebrate, it’s the time of year where your regular routine can get tossed out the window. Some of us are spending more time with family, or perhaps spending more time alone, indulging in food and drink we usually wouldn’t consume, and generally caught up in the busy-ness of the season. Whether you’re overjoyed to take time off from work and hang out with extended family and friends or you dread every moment, we’re here to help provide some balance.
This week’s Restorative Yoga Package is here to give you an escape. Of course, if you already practice Restorative yoga on a regular basis, you’re aware of the myriad of physical, emotional, and mental benefits of a slower, quieter class. Restorative yoga is helpful to balance your nervous system and quiet your mind.
Many of us enjoy vigorous Vinyasa style yoga and use it to balance stress and burn off energy. That’s a great plan for most of the year, but when we are constantly active and vigorous, our system can get stuck in adrenaline mode, which leads to adrenal fatigue and constant tiredness. Slowing down and taking a soothing class can balance out this active energy, calm your nerves, and promote a stress-free holiday season.
Need more convincing to spend your practice time on Restorative yoga? Consider that more passive postures, held for an extended period of time not only increase your flexibility, but also help quiet anxiety. Restorative practices encourage us to “be” as opposed to “do,” which will also help you fall asleep faster. While it may be more challenging than you anticipate learning to hold poses for longer periods of time, the benefits are worth it. Basically, you’re learning to relax more consciously by slowing down and focusing on your breathing. Your mind-body connection is enhanced and your connection to your thoughts and feelings deepens.
So, if you need a way to cope with the overstimulation this time of year can bring up, consider slowing down and go inside. Each of these nourishing, calming practices will help you relax and develop your attitude of gratitude from the inside out. Slow down for yourself so you can show up feeling your vibrant best. Happy holidays!
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